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

Letter to Ufficio Anagrafe

Draft a letter to the Ufficio Anagrafe of your town of interest to request a State of the Family Certificate or a Certificate of Residency.

About this letter

It is addressed to the Anagrafe office in the town of particular interest to the researcher. This office is primarily concerned with records of the current populace, but also maintains records on households (similar to a census) in the historical sense. From this office, one can gain the Certificate of Residency (which is for people who currently live in the town. Do not request this for people who are dead or have moved elsewhere) and the Certificate of Family Status (which has vital data for an entire household, historically).

The office is usually co-located with the Stato Civile office. Be advised, they are usually tremendously busy with the day to day operations of the office they are required to run. They are continually servicing the patrons who show up at the desk and have very little extra time to devote to honoring requests for information from abroad. If you do get a reply (usually not very timely for obvious reasons), be thankful for their time and effort--it was above and beyond their normal call of duty.

We highly recommend sending no payment until/unless they request it. Of all forms of payment, a cashiers check from a bank drafted in Euros is the best choice. Please allow a little extra in the amount to offset their cost in cashing it in. Do not send any other form of payment as it will be extrememly difficult for them to receive payment! Again, only send payment when specifically requested by the Anagrafe. With your letter, include a self-addressed, unstamped envelope. Also, please send all of your letters registered post.


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.


23 September 2023

Ufficio Anagrafe
Comune di
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Dear Gentlemen,

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 in Italy.

I would be very grateful if you could mail me the for [ancestors name] on non-legal paper.  . He/She married .

I thank you beforehand for your kindness and efficiency, and I ask you to charge me for the postal expenses and for the certificates.


[your name]