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Data Privacy Laws

Postby GeorgiaCaterina » 07 Sep 2009, 18:56

Are there now privacy laws in Italy that would prevent me from obtaining civil records more recent than the 1910 FHL films? If there are, does that just leave the church records that are still available?

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Re: Data Privacy Laws

Postby JohnArmellino » 07 Sep 2009, 19:23

Italian Privacy Laws state that, for all civil acts occurring within the last 75 years, only the subject himself or herself or a family member may request an original certificate, and even then under certain restrictions. After the 75 year period has ended, requests for certificates or copies may be made to the comune's Ufficio di Stato Civile by anyone. In addition, copies of the records may be sent to the Archivio di Stato where, subject to resources, they will be available for consultation by the general public.
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Re: Data Privacy Laws

Postby GeorgiaCaterina » 08 Sep 2009, 19:10

Thank you, John. So that means, records up to 1934 can be viewed at the Archivio di Stato.

For Petralia Sottana, is that archive located in Palermo, Sicily?

Are the records on microfilm for easy access viewing or would I have to go there and order a document one at a time and wait?

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Re: Data Privacy Laws

Postby JohnArmellino » 08 Sep 2009, 20:39

The original documents will be found at the comune of Petralia Sottana. Copies should be found at the provincial archives in Palermo. In my experience at the provincial archives in Campobasso, the records are in bound books, organized year by year. In the archivio of CB, you can take out 4 books at a time. Of course, each archivio may have its own rules and regs.
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Postby Italysearcher » 09 Sep 2009, 14:14

In my experience at the Provincial Archives in Frosinone they do not have copies of any records sent to them on a regular basis and I doubt that will happen. They have a few towns records up to 1899 but not all.
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