Skivvy and Sarah’s Wedding

Skivvy and Sarah’s Wedding

I’m proudly as close to a brother-in-law as I will ever be.

Last weekend, on Sunday, August 15th, Sarah Singleton became betrothed to one of my best friends, Michael Skvarla. I was proud to be a member of the groom’s party, and dare I say, I looked rather dashing in my tux along side of 5 of my best friends.  😉

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The New Hardest Certificate, Naturally

So lets talk about the elephant in the room, the naturalization certificate.

Disclaimer: Warning! This is going to be a long post, so if you want the readers digest version, here are some bullet points:

  • Naturalization certificates may be difficult to get from a county court.
  • The USCIS Genealogy program does not make certified copies. Don’t bother asking.
  • In the event you can’t get a certified copy of a naturalization certificate from the court house where the naturalization happened, you may be able to file a Freedom of Information Act request to get these documents.
  • It is unclear if the consulate will even require the naturalization certificates to be certified because it is so difficult to get a non-original. Asking your consulate is a good idea, and I erred on the side of caution by forcing myself to get a copy.

Now, the long version of the story:

My aunt Margie had sent me a photocopy of Sam’s naturalization certificate. I put off asking to borrow it, assuming it would be a simple matter. It was my foolish mistake to assume that she had the original document, but alas, our family record keeping isn’t as cohesive as I wish it were. So it was off to find the naturalization certificate myself. (This citizenship process is often a lonely one)

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