Step 3 - Find the names of parents
You don't know where the Records you need are kept
Click on your province below to see if the years you need are available for your municipality and province: Archives in Italy.
That place and year are not available from public archives. They are too recent.
Make it easy for Italian municipality officials to fulfil you requests:
- state your connection to the person requested, so as to comply with the Italian privacy law, and give the reason for the certificate (citizenship, administrative, research)
- include an envelope with your address possibly already with Italian stamps
- include Italian money to pay for the certificates.
That place and year are available from public archives
- If there is a Latter Day Saints' Family Center within your reach and you feel at your ease in understanding handwritten Italian, you can order microfilms for the years you need and get started.
- You have planned a trip to Italy, and want to spare some time in the archives: check addresses and opening times for the archive you are interested in, that is the province capital for your municipality. Before going, make a phone call to the archive there to check if your municipality is in that archive or in another, or missing.
- If the municipality was in the Stato della Chiesa, you won't have any Civil Records to search from until after 1870, or your municipality may have changed province during the 20th century, so you'll need another archive.
- It is also possible that the acts for a municipality are kept in the Archive of the previous province (i.e. Acts for Bussi and Popoli, now in the Province of Pescara, are kept in the archive in L'Aquila). The same happens for many Provinces that were created only in the 20th century.
- Civil Records available 1809 - 1928 : 6 generations approx. 450 EUR
- Civil Records available 1809 - 1910 : 5 generations approx. 350 EUR
- Civil Records available 1809 - 1900 : 4-5 generations approx. 300 EUR
- Civil Records available 1809 - 1865 : 3 generations approx. 250 EUR
You need to check what years are available for your municipality
However, your starting point may be different and you'll need a more limited time span. In this case you can use the fees above as a guideline, and request a different timespan in the form.
Classical search: from father to father along the paternal line, as far back as possible, including siblings at each generation, possibly their marriages if noted in the birth acts and available in the archives, fees as above + 50 EUR every extra hour - you can authorize up to a certain sum to keep track of your expenses. The fee includes research, copies and English translations of documents, email reports, shipment to you. Time necessary: 1-3 months, periodical reports by email on advancement of search.