Calabria, Italy and its Genealogy, History, Culture and Language

Letter to Sindaco Requesting Permission

Draft a letter to the sindaco (town mayor) of your town of interest to request permission to personally consult civil vital records.

About this letter

This letter should only be used if you are planning a trip to Italy and wish to consult the civil vital records at the town/commune level in person.  This should be sent BEFORE you send a letter to the Procura della Repubblica (provincial level).   It is important to mention that you plan on searching only for records of your ancestors and that you will be perusing older civil records (prior to 1941).   Anything newer cannot be searched by unauthorized persons, pursuant to the 75 year privacy law.  Even for the older records, persons must be directly related to get the information.


Fill in/select the appropriate information in the spaces below, then click the submit button.  The letter will then be translated and shown to you.   Be sure to print it or save the page to your computer at that time. 


Sig. Sindaco
Comune di
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Dear Mayor,

My name is [your name], and I live at the above-stated address.  I am searching for information regarding my , . in the commune of [Town Name]. I am requesting this information to find out more about my family, and to find my relatives who remained inItaly.

I am planning a trip to Italy and, if possible, I would like to personally consult the civil birth, marriage, and death records that concern my ancestors.  Therefore, I would like to ask you, as head of the civil vital records, for permission to consult the records from to . I would like to dedicate days to this research, from to during the hours that the civil vital records are open.

Waiting for your courteous reply, I send my best regards,

[your name]

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