Going to Sicily for records - What do I do?

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Going to Sicily for records - What do I do?

Postby Josie07M11 » 13 Jun 2012, 09:13

Hi everybody. I know this has been covered before in various other threads but I can't find anything with details specific to the places I will be visiting. I will be travelling to Giardini Naxos, Sicily where my mother's family is from and then going to Ramacca, Sicily where my Dad's family is from. I've done quite a bit of research but my real aim is get solid evidence from certificates that the information I have is correct.

But I have a problem. My grandparents are still alive and I want to get their parents' information because they don't know themselves when their father/mother were born. Is it possible to get my Nonna's birth certificate and her parents' certificates? Would I need to show some I.D.? Also would there be any costs involved?

I'm also considering going to the churches to see if they have any records. I understand italian but don't really know how to speak it. So would I be able to find most of the information I need in a government office?

Thanks so much for all your help!


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Re: Going to Sicily for records - What do I do?

Postby adelfio » 13 Jun 2012, 15:17

I would get record info here first at Family History Library both towns are on film and also there are online records also at familysearch.org
What I would do is write down the family info you are looking for on paper for each town which would solve the language barrier
Do you know what churches they used that would be a task trying to find records without knowing the church.
Most comunes dont charge for records and you have your passport as a id
I see that Comune di Giardini Naxos office of the Ufficio Stato Civile is on via Catania and is open Hours to the Public: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 12.30 pm Tuesday from 16.00 to 18.00 (discontinued from 15 June to 8 September)
I would do most of my research here first in the US

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Re: Going to Sicily for records - What do I do?

Postby PippoM » 14 Jun 2012, 08:14

what families are you looking for in Ramacca?
I just searched some microfilms at FHC in Roma, so maybe I have some records for you.
You can send me a PM, if you want.
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Re: Going to Sicily for records - What do I do?

Postby JoannF » 14 Jun 2012, 18:46

Hi Josie,
You can go to the local "municipio" in Giardini Naxsos and Ramacca for this. I am sure you can find the addresses by typing in il municipio di Giardini Naxos. They will respond to letters of inquiry. One thing to keep in mind, if your parents were born in their homes birth dates may be different than what your parents say. Example- my mother's birthday was in 1925. When I went to Sicily, I found out that she was actually born in 1925. You can also check with the churches in the towns. Hope this helps. Good luck- Joann

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