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Please provide the essential information of your Ancestor/s who left Italy:

  • Full Name 
  • Date of Birth/Marriage/Death 
  • EXACT Town of Birth/Marriage/Death
  • Parents' Names (if available)

If you don't have this information, visit our RESEARCH U.S. RECORDS Section for assistance. 

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About the Birth Record

The estratto per riassunto dell'atto di nascita, or extract of a birth act (which is the format required by the Italian Consulate to process your application for Dual Citizenship), provides the following information: 

  • Name of the Comune and of the Province, Year, Part, Series and Record Number
  • Full name of the child
  • Place of birth (only the Comune is listed; usually not the Frazione or hamlet)
  • Date of Birth 
  • (Time of Birth)
  • Sex
  • Parent’s names
  • Side notation/s, i.e. any event such as marriage, death or loss of citizenship is listed in the side notation of the original birth act.

If a child was illegitimate, the civil vital registration records officer would list "unknown" under the parents' names. 

Birth records are issued in dual copy. One copy remains at the Comune, or Ufficio di Stato Civile, while the other copy is sent to the “Procura della Repubblica” (Country Court at province level). 

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About the Marriage Record

The estratto per riassunto dell'atto di matrimonio or extract of a marriage act (which is the format required by the Italian Consulate to process your Dual Citizenship application), provides the following information:

• Name of the Comune and of the Province, Year, Part, Series and Record Number

• Date (and time) of marriage

• Place of marriage (only the Comune is listed, seldom the hamlet or frazione is)

• Groom’s information, i.e. date of birth/age, place of birth (and place of residence)

• Bride’s information, i.e. name, date of birth/age, place of birth (and place of residence)

• (Names of the parents of the groom and the bride) 

The brackets identify information that can also be listed in the extract of a marriage act.

Marriage records are issued in dual copy: one copy remains at the Comune, or Ufficio di Stato Civile, and one is sent to the “Procura della Repubblica” (Country Court at province level). 

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About the Death Record

The estratto per riassunto dell'atto di morte or extract of the death act (which is the format required by the Italian Consulate to process your application for Dual Citizenship), provides the following information: 

  • Name of the Comune and of the Province, Year, Part, Series and Record Number
  • Full name 
  • Place of birth (only the Comune is listed and not the Frazione or hamlet)
  • Age
  • (Date of birth)
  • Civil Status
  • If married the death certificate will include the name of the husband or the wife of the deceased
  • Date and place of death 
  • (The deceased’s address) 

The brackets identify the information that can also be listed in the extract of a death act.

Death records are made in double copy: one copy remains at the Comune, or Ufficio di Stato Civile, while the other copy is sent to the “Procura della Repubblica” (Country Court at province level).

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About the Certificate of Citizenship Record

The Certificate of Citizenship is not the Naturalization Certificate issued by the USCIS here in the U.S. It is a certification issued by the local Italian Town hall stating that your Ancestor at the time of his/her migration was still an Italian citizen.

NOTE: Town halls do not have a common procedure regarding what to issue when it comes to Certificates of Citizenship:

  • They may issue a statement certifying that based on the records they have available (which is usually ONLY the birth certificate since people migrated away quite early) the person did not lose his/her Italian citizenship,
  • They may only issue the birth certificate which does NOT list a side notation with information on your Ancestor's loss of citizenship, OR
  • They may issue a declaration stating the reason why they cannot certify the person’s citizenship status.

Whichever document we receive you will have to present it together with our official request to the Italian Consulate the day of your appointment.

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About the Military Document

Military and conscription records contain very precious genealogical information. They provide not only vital information on your ancestor but also physical information. 

Conscription records also called Registri di Leva or Liste di Estrazione di Leva list all Italian male-born from approximately 1855 (the imposition of the draft – conscription of all 18-years old males – dates back 1865), by year of birth, for each military district. The introduction of these records varies from geographical areas, but mostly they started around 1873, thus including all males born in 1855.

Military records were issued in dual copy; one is held in the military archive of each military district, the other is initially held by the Procura della Repubblica (Country Court at province level) and after 75 years, it is sent to the State Archive of the main province.  

Researching conscription records in the main provinces of the region of origin can be a unique way to start your research that otherwise would have been impossible (as far as town halls and parishes are concerned, you MUST know the comune of origin of your ancestor).

These records contain personal data that cannot be found in any other source, such as:

• Height

• Size of the chest

• Color and shape of hair, face, nose, and chin

• Eye color

• Skin color

• Condition of the teeth, 

• Birthmarks, if any

In addition, you will be able to find the following vital information:

• Draftee’s full name

• His parents’ names

• His place of birth

• His profession

• His education (whether he was able to read and write or not)

• Ability to perform military services 

• Date the service began

The most valuable Military Record is the Ruolo Matricolare which records all the developments in the military career, from promotions to changes in status. 

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About the State of the Family Record

The Anagrafe Office (Office of the Census) is the repository of this record called Stato di Famiglia Storico (Historical State of the Family).  This document shows the composition of the family unit which includes the following information: 

  • Full name of the head of the household
  • Full names of all members living in the same household
  • The relationship of each member to the family
  • Civil status
  • Place of birth 
  • Date of birth (possibly date of marriage as well)
  • Occupation, etc. 

NOTE: State of the Family Records started to be recorded before the 1900s mostly in the North of Italy but only after 1930 in the Center and South of Italy. This is because the Anagrafe Office was created around that time; by then your Ancestors might have already migrated away and no information is available on their family.

If you are interested in researching your Family Tree (with copies of the original birth, marriage and death records), we suggest you authorize one of our RESEARCH OPTIONS.