I think because I lacked one of the essential ingredients -- the direct line GF BC -- I had to start from scratch. Often they will take what you have and I believe they give you 90 days for the corrections/additions; sometimes you can just drop them off. But they'll let you know. It does seem rare to go back 3 generations with everything correct on the 1st appointment -- that's just a lot of documents.
Thanks RJ. I've already checked there without any luck. I am going down to Little Italy today to check out the churches for baptismal records. Might those be acceptable??
Karen, the amount of docs is amazing. and because it goes back so far, there is so much room for trouble. As it is, my GF was named Michele, but he often went by Michael. I am hoping they allow that as it is such a common name translation.
Anyone have any luck using census reports? I found them for my GGM, whose BC I cannot locate!!
If your GF is in your direct line NY is likely to make an issue out of it. They have been particularly picky with most discrepancies and have made issues out of simple Anglicization of first names. If your mother's BC says Michael and not Michele it could be an issue. I think your line is GGF->GF->M->you. If it is different let us know.
I brought a 1905 Census to show my GGF's Alien status. However they also asked for 1900 and 1910 as well and it sounded like she wanted them to legitimize the spelling change from Cristino to Christino. They need to be certified (red ribbon) from NARA which in my experience takes several weeks. I don't know how important they are. When I told her that I've searched up and down for a 1900 Census for the family and posted it to this forum as well with no luck, she said that I should bring a "No Records" letter for the search.
I completely agree with you and it is plainly evident that Michele is Michael, however the NY consulate can be picky on the issue. I know it makes verly little sense but that is the way NY can be. In most if not all the other consulates this would not be an issue. Just be prepared for the worst and hopefully some good with come out of it.
Hi JJ313 I have downloaded all of the templates that seem useful from the italian citizenship site. Any chance that the ones you have arebetter/more updated? I need to translate my docs this week for my upcoming appointment... If you have any you'd like to share, I'd appreciate it very much!! My email is my user name @ gmail.com
In the meantime, still no luck on GGM's BC. I have her DC and her marriage certificate. i also have the problem of my GF's name change, and my GM's name was completely mispelled.