- Interview your relatives, they might have info
- Find the cemetery where your ancestor is buried. A visit to the cemetery may give you the date
Step 4 - Research in the 19th century
Someone may know about those ages
Ask for a birth extract with ages of parents
>Ask the municipality for a birth extract for a child of your ancestor: You have to give the right date. Since the municipality does not have a form to automatically supply the age of the parents, in the request you'll ask them to please include that too. If you cannot write Italian here is a model form: copy and paste it within your text editor, and make the necessary changes.
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. Consider an average of 5 euro per certificate.
Your sources are exhausted
That place and period is not available in Civil Records
That place and period is available in Civil Records
- If you are near a Family Center of the Latter Day Saints' Church and are familiar with Italian language and handwriting, or at least want to give yourself a try: Go to the Latter Day Saints' website and order microfilms for the years you need.
- If 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
- You want to hire a genealogist to make a search for you from archives in Abruzzo. To obtain a photocopy of an act of birth for which the date is certain, inform you by email, translate into English and ship to you by airmail, supply an estimate for further research.