In my previous post, I talked about what jure sanguinis is and what it takes to qualify for dual citizenship. I qualify under the third scenario:
...your great-grandfather was an Italian citizen at the time of your grandfather’s birth. Neither you, your parents or grandparents ever renounced Italian citizenship.
The instructions provided by the consulate in Philadelphia (which I reference often because the site is quite informative) clearly outline exactly what I need. But, I'm going to let you in on a little secret: I requested A LOT more than what is required. What's more, despite the fact that only a few documents technically need translation, I am getting every single document translated into Italian.
Why? It only took a few visits to Italy dual citizenship message boards (ICGS's is my favorite) to realize that every single experience is different. Every consulate is different. Every person that works at the consulate is different. Sometimes people have bad days.
My point is this: don't trust what you read. Don't assume what you read on a consulate site is 100% accurate. Don't assume because a person in California didn't need something translated that you won't be required to have it done. Don't assume anything during this process. I can't stress that enough.
I'm applying for my dual citizenship once I get to Italy, which will hopefully alleviate some of the wait time. But, it also means that I won't have easy access to vital records in any state and it will be tougher to solve problems. So, this is the laundry list of what I've requested in chronological order (most of which I already have on hand).
- Great-grandfather's birth record from Sicily
- Great-grandfather's first marriage record from Sicily
- Great-grandfather's daughter's birth certificate (from first marriage) from Sicily
- Great-grandfather's first wife's death record from Sicily (even though she died in Philly)
- Certificate of No Records from INS for great-grandfather
- Letter of No Records from National Archives for great-grandfather
- Great-grandparents' marriage certificate
- Grandfather's birth certificate (more on this crisis in a later post)
- Grandmother's birth certificate
- Great-grandfather's death certificate
- Grandparents' marriage certificate
- Dad's birth certificate
- Mom's birth certificate
- Parents' marriage certificate
- My birth certificate
- My husband's birth certificate
- Grandmother's death certificate
- Grandfather's death certificate
- My marriage certificate
Why so many records from Sicily? I'll talk about this in a later post, but there are two main reasons. First, I believe that these records corroborate the early timeline that is a little fuzzy with just the U.S. records. Second, the commune my family is from in Sicily recorded everything and I was able to gain new information from these documents.
Is all of this record requesting, translating and apostilling overkill? I sure hope so. I will be happy if I get to Italy and they don't need most of it. BUT, I'm not taking any chances!