Requests for Birth/marriage certificates from Italy

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Requests for Birth/marriage certificates from Italy

Postby Drew927 » 05 Jan 2010, 21:45

Can anyone suggest a method for requesting documents from Italy. I have written formal requests in Italian but I am not sure if I should send them via courier or standard postal service. Should I include a return envelope with postage paid? I would appreciate any input on the subject.

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Re: Requests for Birth/marriage certificates from Italy

Postby johnnyonthespot » 05 Jan 2010, 22:21

Drew927 wrote:Can anyone suggest a method for requesting documents from Italy. I have written formal requests in Italian but I am not sure if I should send them via courier or standard postal service. Should I include a return envelope with postage paid? I would appreciate any input on the subject.


Which comuni? Some allow you to email or fax requests, others not so much. :)

I have had great success with simply mailing via regular post numerous requests for documents (several generations) to my maternal grandparent's comune. On the other hand, I have had no luck whatsoever with my paternal grandparent's comune no matter what method I tried.

Regardless of transmission method, many of us like the form letter generators found at this site. I would not include return envelope or any money unless it is specifically requested by the comune.

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Re: Requests for Birth/marriage certificates from Italy

Postby Drew927 » 05 Jan 2010, 22:32

I'm sending requests to Melizzano BN, Dugenta BN, Valle di Maddeloni CE and Napoli NA. Perhaps I should try my luck and fax them over first and see what happens.

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Postby Italysearcher » 06 Jan 2010, 17:02

Since Naples is such a large city I would recommend a letter with at least an addressed return envelope.
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Re: Requests for Birth/marriage certificates from Italy

Postby lptafe » 10 Jan 2010, 06:50

I am asking which type of office for birth, marriage records do I go to in person when I visit Italy.

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Postby johnnyonthespot » 10 Jan 2010, 10:51

lptafe wrote:I am asking which type of office for birth, marriage records do I go to in person when I visit Italy.


These records are maintained by the Ufficio della Stato Civile, the Office of Civil Status. In a small comune, this will be just one more job handled by the clerks in the city hall/municipal office. In larger cities, it will be an office within, or even a separate building from, the primary "city hall".


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