Italian Job
Q. I’m trying to obtain a certified birth record from Italy. I mailed $20 to the town record office two years ago and never heard back. What can I do?
A. Many Italian birth, marriage and death records have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and on loan through its Family History Centers. But if you’re after a certified copy, say, to apply for dual citizenship or for some other reason, the record needs to come directly from Italy.
Birth, marriage and death records are kept at the town level, so you’ll need to know the name of the town where your ancestor was born and his or her Italian name (many immigrants changed their names once in America).