May 10, 2006 8:34 AM Subscribe
How do I get my great-grandfather's and great-grandmother's birth and marriage certificates from the town of Randazzo (province of Catania, Sicily), Italy?
posted by mdonley to law & government (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Recent conversations with Grandma have exposed that I (and my brother and father!) can get an Italian passport based on my paternal great-grandfather's Italian citizenship. As an EFL teacher seeking jobs in the EU, this is really exciting news.
I've done some (e-)footwork here.
The Italian consulate in Los Angeles, the consulate closest to my home in the States and the one we'll be dealing with, wants my great-grandfather's and great-grandmother's birth and marriage certificates. We think we've got access to all the other things they want. The consulate doesn't seem like it wants to be very helpful in finding the documents - they ask only to be contacted once all the documents are present - and I'm living in Indonesia right now, so it's not exactly a "just pick up the phone" situation.
Now, the town has a website, where, I think, one can request vital records like birth certificates, or at least ask about them. However, it's all in Italian, and while I'm not sure, I think I'd have to be in Italy to physically obtain and sign for the record.
There's an e-mail address for someone who deals with "anagrafe," "registration," which seems like the appropriate department, but I could be wrong.
I've stuck some links at the bottom, all of which are linked to or are part of the town's official site, but which I can't read. Any help on your part, Italian-speakers of AskMe, would be much appreciated.
The town's official site is here: http://www.comune.randazzo.ct.it/
The town's list of e-mailable officials, I think:
A website which seems to offer some kind of e-vital documents service?
This seems like a common thing we New Worlders try to do - anyone out there with experience in the Italian-ancestry hunt who can offer some advice? Lastly, if anyone could provide me with some sample Italian text I can use to e-mail the right people, I'd love you forever!