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    easy way to do it, because you would have to link several unrelated databases.

    Voting rolls, naturalization records, US birth records. Note that birth records may come from every state and identified data are not readily available. (The full US birth data set doesn't have names on it.) Plus, electronic birth records are not available before about 1970 at the absolute earliest for some states. Voter registrations are kept at the county level and as a result are going to be in varying quality depending on how well that county has kept it. I haven't ever used naturalization records so I'm not sure whether they are kept at the county, state or national level and what identifiers may be available on them. Birth and voter records may have different last names also which is going to make linking a big challenge.

    (I do analyses of similar data as part of my job so I'm familiar with it.)

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