I have my date for my application for Italian citizenship. But there is one problem....My greatgrandparents never “legally” married. They were the parents of my grandmother born in Delaware. Since there is no marriage license is there anything I can do for my dual citizenship paperwork? Both my grand parents and great grandparents are deceased.
That your gg grandparents were not married does not disqualify you if your other documents clearly show the citizenship line. That being said, the consulates do ask, and will look, for marriage certificates.
If your grandmother is still living, you can ask her to write a statement (notarized of course) indicating that her parents were not married in a legal setting but were common law spouses. Failing that, your mom or dad can write a similar statement regarding his/her grandparents.
Again, understand that you are qualified regardless of your ggparents' failure to marry, and be ready to point this out if they try to make it an issue.
I had similar situation with my grandparents and Lia at the Philly consulate advised me to get a certified copy of a census record showing my grandparents living in the same household, which I did and she accepted it with no problems.
Here's the link to order Census records from theNnational Archives. You should order a certified copy. However you need to find it first on someplace like Ancestry.com. It will have all the information that you need to place the order -- Date, place, names and I think district numbers at the top.
Hi, I'm in a similar boat to others here. Any answers to the following questions would be greatly appreciated!
1: My situation: The New York City Clerk sent me a letter saying they can't locate my paternal grandparents marriage certificate. I've since gotten a certificate from their church, Our Lady Of Mt Carmel in the Bronx, but I'm wondering if that's really enough.
My relatives don't believe that they could have neglected to get a marriage license, so I've written back to the city clerk with a copy of the church record and n explanation in hopes they can find it.
My question is: if they can't is this a major problem? Some other ideas I've considered are census records, and a notarized statement from my great aunt, who was a witness to the wedding.
2: I'm researching both sets of my paternal great grandparents and one set of them also is missing marriage documents, both official and church. Names on my grandfather's birth and baptismal certificates do match up, though, and it is quite possible they didn't get married at all. I have also located census records (which I'm planning to order), and have even thought of ordering the record for my great grandmother's second marriage which might have my great grandfather's name on it a a previous, deceased spouse. Would any/all of these be enough?
3: For a bonus (on an unrelated issue) I'm having trouble locating my other paternal great grandmother's birth extract. I've written to Avellino comune and gotten no response after almost 2 months, so I'm wondering if she's simply from somewhere in the province instead of the specific comune (which would make things considerably more difficult). Since I'm claiming citizenship through my great grandfather, though, and not through her, when push comes to shove is it really necessary for the consulate to have that document? And would one of the paid services be able to help me here- do they have a more sophisticated method of locating these documents, or would it just be throwing my money away?