The United States government apparently recognizes the Norwegian ancestry of our ancestor, Dirck Volckertszen De Noorman. This copy of a 1962 letter was submitted in evidence by Walter Fulkerson, who has been living in Norway for the past 45 years Click here for a printable copy.

New York City District Office
Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)
26 Federal Plaza
New York City, 14, New York

22 June 1962

Mr. Walter B. Fulkerson
103 Corn Mill Rd.
Harrodsburg, KY

Dear Mr. Fulkerson,

  Thank you for inquiring about the original immigrant status of your Fulkerson ancestors. The investigations of this office, made at your request, led to an unusual turn of events and have now become a procedural matter, of which you are hereby advised.

  First of all, your original ancestor in this country was a Dirck Volckertszen (in some records Holgerson, a possible alias) of Norway. He entered the country through an employer, the Dutch West India Company, in 1628 on a temporary work permit to assist in ship construction. This type of temporary visit meets INS requirements when visitors plan to remain for a specific, limited period.

  The next record for Dirck is a reference to a marriage about 1632. While the date is vague, the law is clear. His temporary work status already expired due to unavailability of work, as the shipyard suspended production by 1631. Dirck could legally remain in this country only if he married (1) a native-born citizen or (2) a naturalized citizen.

  The record further shows Dirck married one Christina Vigne, of French parents and Dutch birth, and therefore not a native-born citizen. Because Christina emigrated more than five years earlier, she might have qualified for naturalization if she met the following INS requirement:

"Applicants for naturalization must be able to read, write, speak, and understand words in ordinary usage in the English language."

  There is no evidence that Christina ever used the English language. Thus the marriage of Dirck Volckertszen and Christina Vigne is not recognized for the purpose of immigration. It is now officially classified as a marriage of two foreign nationals.

  Therefore, this office finds that Dirck was not entitled to permanent residency. Further, this office views Christina as a non-qualified alien who illegally conspired to marry Dirck to prevent his lawful deportation.

  In accordance with the provisions of Title 8, United States Code, their children and descendants are likewise disqualified for immigration purposes and therefore subject to deportation without further notice. This determination legally encompasses you, your parents and siblings, as well as all other Fulkersons. You have the right to appeal this decision, and must do so in person at this office within ten calendar days.

  Please prepare adequately in the event of an adverse decision on your appeal. Such preparation should include (1) packing necessary personal items and (2) securing a one-way ticket for your return to Norway.

  It has been a pleasure assisting you in your genealogy inquiry.

Yours truly,

J.D. Windham
Immigration Officer



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