Unfortunately, the US post office no longer sells an "international reply coupon" and has nothing similar to replace it. ALso, Italy does not accept international money orders (according the the lady at my post office, who looked at her ominous screen). I need to send a letter to the archives office, but I also want to send some $ to cover their expenses. Any ideas on how I can do this without actually sending cash?
An Email telling me that my Grandfather's Italian birth record would be arriving shortly (by post office air mail) stated "non le chiediamo nessun rimborso per l'estratto" or "there is no charge for the record".
So, my suggestion is not to send money unless asked. Good luck. Peggy M
I also wouldn't send any money. Send your request and of course, offer to pay for any expenses but most times they will not charge anything. Sending money can be risky..you are never sure it will get there so thats not always a good idea either.
I found them on the Family History Website, but haven't tried them. I sent the letters, and will wait. I am waiting to see, since I have a lot of the information they will need, if I receive a response. Where were you getting euro Banque notes?
Regarding putting money (Euro notes or other) in a letter:
My uncle (now deceased) was a post-master. He told me that those in the post-office can often tell by the feel of a letter whether it contains money in the form of bills. If true, it increases the chance that someone will deliver the letter to his/her own pocket.
So personally, I would not send money in the form of bills--and I sent no money, was charged nothing, and received 2 birth certificates and 1 marriage certificate, all within a month (from 2 different comunes).
I have dealt with three different towns and so far none have asked for any reimbursement for birth acts or for postage. Also, two provincial archives I have dealt with asked for no money either (those being Reggio Calabria and Benevento).