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Over 25 million Italians have emigrated between 1861 and 1960 with a migration boom between 1871 and 1915 when over 13,5 million emigrants left the country for European and overseas destinations.
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Document Question

Postby MST995 » 29 Jul 2010, 19:15

I used vital check to get my grandfather's birth certificate (non bloodline grandfather) and they returned a "certified letter of no record found." I have a copy of the certificate and everything though.... all of the info was correct! how could they not have found anything? I paid $45 for them to tell me that something doesn't exist when it clearly does! Can I just go to the clerk in the town he was born and get a certified copy? I am not very happy with these vital records people.

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Postby rgaetano » 29 Jul 2010, 19:18

Yes, call or visit the clerk in the town or county, you will probably have much better luck, and the cost should be a lot cheaper.

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Postby MST995 » 29 Jul 2010, 19:42

thanks for the quick response.... I just sent vital check a disgruntled email(along with the copy of the BC I have), we'll see if it goes anywhere.

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Re: Document Question

Postby rgaetano » 29 Jul 2010, 20:37

Good luck, i know they make you agree to their terms when you pay, but try to push them as hard as you can.

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Postby johnnyonthespot » 29 Jul 2010, 21:00

Yet more proof that a "No Records Found" letter - taken alone - is meaningless. Whether the result of bureaucratic systems failure or simple laziness on the part of a clerk, you just can't rely on these things...
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Re: Document Question

Postby rgaetano » 29 Jul 2010, 21:54

Very true, good point...

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Re: Document Question

Postby MST995 » 29 Jul 2010, 22:30

Well what concerns me about this is not so much this particular birth certificate (as I have heard from you, Carmine, New York doesn't always collect non bloodline certificates), but my great grandmother's marriage certificate. In New York, unless you are a spouse, it is very difficult to get this document without a court order. My great grandmother from Italy will be turning 102 in September (God willing) and I asked her to send for her marriage certificate (I filled out paperwork and gave her the cash, etc and she agreed and signed and cut a check). I really don't want to have to bother her anymore about this so I'm praying that her marriage certificate is found and sent.


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