In September, my father will be visiting Melfi where his father (my grandfather) was born. I am trying to help him obtain the following information:
- address where my grandfather was born; - address where he lived; - where my grandfather's parents (my great grandparents) were married and are burried; - correct first name of my great grandmother (listed as Cacalano on one birth certificate and Catalano on another).
According to my grandfather's birth certificate (which I have): - my grandfather's name on his birth certificate is Donatantonio Simonetti, son of Alessandro & Cacalano Grazia Maria. - he was born on June 13, 1905. - the birth certificate was issued by Comune Di Melfi, Provincia Di Potenza.
According to my grandfather's sister's birth certificate (which I have): - her name was Paolina Simonetti - daughter of Alessandro and Catalano Grazia Maria - she was born on July 1, 1908 - the birth certificate was issued by Comune Di Melfi, Provincia Di Potenza.
I am looking for suggestions on where to go from here. Is there a trustworthy service I can enlist to find the information? Any help you could provide would be GREATLY appreciated.
You say you have your grandparent's "birth certificates" - these come in a couple of different flavors, primarily:
Birth/marriage/death photocopies of original registry pages are called: Copia integrale dell'atto di Nascita/Matrimonio/Morte. These are more difficult to read but contain lots of additional useful information compared to...
Birth/marriage/death computer-generated (sometimes hand-written) extracts are: Estratto Per Riassunto Per Atto Di Nascita/Matrimonio/Morte
The copia integrale will give the place of birth - usually a street name and somtimes a house number as well. Presuming that you do not currently have copia integrale, your father might be able to obtain them by visiting the "ufficio di stato civile" in the town's "municipio" - municipal offices - and requesting same. You can email or call ahead to see what the hours are (many government offices have limited hours):
Comune di Melfi - Ufficio dello Stato Civile Personnel:
You can also write to the comune and request that they mail you the copia integrale now. Write, in Italian, to:
Ufficio dello Stato Civile Comune di Melfi Piazza Pasquale Festa Campanile 85025 Melfi PZ ITALY
It is a good idea to include a large self-addressed (but not stamped) envelope; make certain the final line of your address says "STATI UNITI D'AMERICA - USA" (presuming, of course, that you are in the US). Sample letters can be found at:
Carmine - thank you very much for that information and the quick reply. I'm sending out the letters today as you suggested.
Generally speaking, what are my chances at receiving a response from these people. The first link you provided paints a fairly dim picture. Is there a better alternative (i.e., hiring a service) to do this. I only have three months to get this info and I can't send my father there in person (he'll never be able to figure it out).
One other question - any suggestions on how he can get from Amalfi to Melfi without driving himself - is there a train, can he hire a driver, etc.?
By the way, when using those sample letters, make certain you change the type of the requested document to "Copia integrale dell'atto di Nascita/Matrimonio/Morte" (choose from Nascita (birth), Matrimonio (marriage), or Morte (death). If you don't do so, you are liable to receive another extract instead.
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My name is Grace Ann Migliaccio. My Mom Grace was 1st cousins with your Dad Patsy. My Grandmother was Pauline. Her Brother was your Grandfather Danny. If you still have a copy of my Grandmother Pauline Simonetti McCready's birth certificate can you please scan and send me a copy. It is something I would so love to have. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
My family has been fractured for years. Thus, I don't have access to my Grandmother birth certificate. My Aunt Aileen thought she had a copy from when my Grandmother visited Italy in 1979.