Pledging Ancestral Allegiance
4/1/2003
More Americans are officially declaring their ethnic identity through dual citizenship.

Have you ever wanted to take your ethnic pride beyond the clan tartan? More Americans are officially declaring their ethnic identity through dual citizenship. It's easier to get than you may think. Some countries offer citizenship to descendants of immigrants. Ireland, for example, welcomes descendants who wish to return to their ancestral homeland. With the proper paperwork and documentation, you could be well on your way to acquiring Irish citizenship. If your grandparent was born in Ireland, you're eligible. But you have to do your homework first. Gather birth certificates, passports and marriage certificates to prove your Irish heritage. And don't worry: You won't have to renounce your Canadian or US citizenship.

You can apply for dual citizenship in other countries, too. Here are some Web sites that outline various countries' laws regarding claiming dual citizenship: