I wrote a letter to the town of Frisa in Chieti requesting the birth certificate of my great-grandfather Giovanni Di Fresco (born September 28, 1895 or 1896). I recently received a reply telling me that the record could not be found.
I think that his birth name could be just "Giovanni Fresco" without the Di, and I would like to send another letter requesting the birth certificate for this name. What would be the best way to explain this in Italian? My knowledge of the language is very basic, so I don't know really know how to word it in a simple and understandable way.
I assume you willbe requesting a birth record so request a long form "ESTRATTO DI NASCITA =LONG FORM. This long form will have parents names and dates of birth. You may also wish to consider requesting his Italian Army service records (REGISTRO DI LEVA=Conscription records)which lists parents names , place of residence etc.If he served in the Italian Army then you request his military records which are requested from the Provincial archivio di Stato, Sezione Militare. Please let us know if you choose to do so. =Peter=