Help obtaining copies of public records. Please assist!

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Help obtaining copies of public records. Please assist!

Postby anima87ag » 24 Jan 2012, 21:47

Dear forum members,

Everyone has been very resourceful and connected. I was hoping that someone here could obtain original copies of my father's birth record (Frank Griffo Jr. (born January 13, 1961) and my grandfather's (Francesco Griffo) death record (January 30, 2010).

I need to find the actual public records that would be suitable to present to the Italian Embassy for proof of ancestry.

Unfortunately, my father is estranged and I have no way of obtaining these records otherwise. I hope that someone here has the expertise to get these records, so that I can continue the application process.

Thank you all in advance!

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Postby anima87ag » 24 Jan 2012, 21:48

Both of these records are from New Rochelle, Westchester County, NY.

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Postby adelfio » 25 Jan 2012, 15:31

Birth and Death Certificates: The Office of the Westchester County Clerk does not issue or record birth and death certificates. In Westchester County, these records can be obtained from the local clerk in the village, town or city in which the event being documented, birth or death, took place. For the telephone numbers of local clerks throughout Westchester County
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http://www.westchesterclerk.com/index.p ... Itemid=195

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Re: Help obtaining copies of public records. Please assist!

Postby anima87ag » 25 Jan 2012, 15:37

Thank you. I indeed tried to go to New Rochelle and they told me that only my father could obtain the records. So, basically, I am here searching for alternatives without having to file a court petition to obtain them.

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Re: Help obtaining copies of public records. Please assist!

Postby MaddalenaNYC » 20 Mar 2012, 03:36

I think you may have been advised incorrectly. Death records are generally more easily obtained than brth or marriage records.

But, I am speaking of death records without the cause of death.

Death records stating same are private.

But a death record without cause of death should be enough for you to apply for an Italian passport.

As to the birth record. You might might might be able to obtain this birth record if you have proof that you are your father's child, i.e. your own certified or original birth certificate and proper ID.

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Re: Help obtaining copies of public records. Please assist!

Postby anima87ag » 20 Mar 2012, 10:59

You might be right about the death record. The main problem is that NYS policy about the obtainment of records is beyond strict. Only the child/spouse of the deceased can get the death record (no grandchildren) and the individual/parent can be the only to obtain the birth record. Therefore, I was told that I'd had to file a court order...


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