Rarely Sunny in Philadelphia

I wrote an email asking about scheduling a visit to the Philadelphia Italian Consulate. This was the reply:

Please read the attach very carefully and be advised that there are no appt av for 2010 and 2011. Please contact this office (same email) at the beginning of 2011 for an appt in 2012.

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Birth Certificate Shotgun

Birth Certificate Shotgun

It’s been a while since I made a post about the Italian Dual Citizenship progress, but that’s because 6 months after I mailed the first request for Sam’s birth certificate (and many other attempts), I’ve received nothing.

My translator, Audra (wonderful person), suggested I try another tactic. So I went to Naso’s website and found any address remotely related to my request. I’m going to send the letters to the following offices:

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Rose’s Italiano Certificato di Nascita

Rose’s Italiano Certificato di Nascita

It’s a pretty big day for the Italian Dual Citizenship process. I just received Rose’s birth certificate from Ficarra, Messina, Italy. It’s a little troubling that I haven’t received Sam’s certificate as I sent it first. (And actually, sent a second request for mom). I believe I need some additional help tracking this request down so I’m going to try to find a Skyper or other Italian speaker for some additional help.

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International Reply Coupons

International Reply Coupons

I finally got the Italian birth certificate requests out, and since I was talking about International Reply Coupons earlier, I thought you may want to see what they look like:

Now, only have to send back out for Joan’s marriage certificate with her driver’s license (she’s staying with us this week, so I’m sure that will happen), and also gotta send my mother’s driver’s license copy to Maryland for her birth certificate.

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The Impossible Document

One thing that I’ve learned from this project is that when requesting documents, the response you get is very binary – either you get a very firm ‘NO’ or a handful of beautiful, stamped documents.

I’ve had two hiccups this week with the documents I’ve requested.

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The $20.00 Piece of Failure

The $20.00 Piece of Failure

I received a brown envelope back from MD Vital Statistics yesterday. Unfortunately, where I had expected to see two beautiful copies of Rose’s death certificate, I found a measly piece of paper (albeit stamped and certified) claiming no records for the death of Rose.

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When In Rome…

Does anybody want to learn Italian with me? Seriously, it’s inexpensive.

I just signed up for the Italian 1 class at CCAC Boyce Campus.

The description:

In this beginning Italian course you will acquire basic listening, speaking and reading skills and learn simple Italian grammar, vocabulary and phrases that will be useful in a wide variety of business or vacation travel situations. Practice your conversation skills and build your vocabulary in a relaxed atmosphere. No prior knowledge of Italian is required.

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