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Are you related to Andrew Rininsland?

The nearly 100-year-old naturalization certificate, belonging to a North Bergen resident, was found in North Carolina.
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The nearly 100-year-old naturalization certificate, belonging to a North Bergen resident, was found in North Carolina.

A nearly 100-year-old naturalization certificate belonging to a North Bergen resident has been found in North Carolina.

Hang-Ups Art and Framing is a picture frame shop at Palladium Shopping Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. Edward Coultress, the owner of the local frame shop, is searching for any living relative of the man whose name is on the certificate.

The document is dated Nov. 9, 1920, making the naturalization certificate 100 years old in the fall. Coultress reached out to the Hudson Reporter in hopes of one day reuniting the certificate with a living relative.

Coultress has been in possession of the document for more than 15 years. He said he always hoped someone would come forward to claim the document but has yet to hear from anyone.

“Fifteen years ago, someone brought in the certificate to be framed,” Coultress said. “I was with another customer at the time, so the person who brought in the certificate left it at the shop and said that they would come back. But they never came back.”

Since that encounter, Coultress said he’s tried to contact someone related to the man named in the certificate. However, he’s had no luck.

According to Coultress, the document belongs to a man named Andrew Rininsland.

After researching the Rininsland name, Coultress said he contacted someone he believed to be a relative of Andrew Rininsland.

Coultress said he spoke with Richard Rininsland of Billings, New Jersey regarding the certificate.

However, when it came time to provide verification that this Richard was related to Andrew Rininsland, Richard did not respond to further inquiries by Coultress.

Richard Rininsland could not be reached by the Hudson Reporter.

What is known of Andrew Rininsland

Rininsland was 38 years old at the time he became a naturalized U.S. citizen. The certificate states that he initially applied to become a naturalized citizen on Sept. 29, 1920 in the Common Pleas Court of Hudson County.

Prior to becoming a naturalized citizen of the U.S., Rininsland was a German citizen.

Rininsland was described as a 5’10” white man with a fair complexion and no distinguishing marks. According to his naturalization certificate, Rininsland had brown hair and blue eyes.

At the time of the certification, Rininsland was listed as living with his 39-year old wife Laura. The couple lived at 722 Fisher Ave. in North Bergen.

According to a 1941 Guide Book transcribed by Joel Weintraub, Fisher Ave. was renamed 51st. Street. The approximate location of the former Rininsland residence is now a QuickChek.

The couple had two children at the time of Rininsland’s naturalization, a boy and a girl who had the same first names as their parents. Andrew was 12 years old at the time and Laura was 10.

This means that there is still hope that a relative is alive and living in the area.

According to data from the 1940 Census, Andrew’s son may have stayed in Hudson County decades after living with his parents in North Bergen at age 12. However, his last name may have changed to Rinensland.

During the 1940 U.S. Census, a man named Andrew Rinensland, age 32 at the time, lived in West New York. If Andrew Rininsland was 12 in 1920, he would be 32 in 1940.

In 1936, he had a daughter, granddaughter to Andrew Rininsland mentioned in the certificate, Marion Rinensland. She was 4 years old at the time of the census.

However the trail ends there. No further family tree could be established as searches for Marion Rinensland have come up empty.

Coultress said that to claim the document, the person seeking the certificate would need to provide proper proof of a relationship to Andrew Rininsland.

After receiving that confirmation, Coultress said he would mail the certificate to the relative who comes forward to claim it.

“I hope you can locate a relative,” Coultress told the Hudson Reporter.

For more information regarding the 100-year-old naturalization certificate, those interested can call Coultress at 336 307 5474 or email him at hangupsart@yahoo.com.

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