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Monday, July 14, 2014

Second Request to NARA, Final Attempt at GGF's Death Certificate

Per my appointment at the consulate in Newark prior to its closure, which occurred February 2014, they requested that I request the 'No Records Found' my great great grandfather's naturalization again.
On the paperwork, there is a discrepancy - it is not the correct date of birth and reads 01/01/1868. I am therefore conducting a second search which will hopefully render paperwork with the correct DOB.

Since I had done the original search in 2009, it took me quite some time to research and figure out how to request a search from the NARA. I can post more information on the NARA process at a later date.

As for my great grandfather's death certificate, they asked that I again attempt to request it from New York State. Who would think that in my own country I would encounter so much red tape? The following paperwork was submitted:


  1. Great grandfather's birth certificate
  2. Great grandfather's marriage certificate
  3. Grandmother's birth certificate
  4. Grandmother's marriage certificate to show last name change
  5. Grandmother's death certificate
  6. Father's birth certificate
After all that paperwork, New York State still required more proof that my father is who he says he is. A notarized affidavit, along with the consulate's requirements must be mailed in addition to everything else that was sent in.


The closure of the consulate at the tail end of the process has put me in a bit of a predicament. My county now falls under the NYC consulate's jurisdiction once again. I have already had two appointments: one in August 2011 and the other in November 2013 in Newark. All of my paperwork is set to be submitted with the application to recognize citizenship with the exception of the aforementioned documents. However, I am not sure if they require that I come in-person again since this is a different consulate. If so, I do not know the wait time for NY, and for an appointment it now costs 300 euros. More will be posted on this new law passed by Italian Parliament when I have done more research. 

Per the website, appointments may be given in a year's time. Hopefully, this does not apply to me and I can just mail my paperwork in.

I will update my blog if I hear anything in regard to the email I sent to NY about whether I have to make a third appointment or not. I am hoping I do not.


For those of you who did not know Newark's consulate was closed, please see the official notification on the consulate's website


Monday, May 26, 2014

Time Magazine Article - Matteo Renzi: ‘Italy Will Never Be a Normal Country’

The Prime Minister of Matteo Renzi, who stepped into his position in February of this year, was featured in an interview with Time magazine. The article illustrates his views of Italy and his strive for political reform.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Rome Older than Archaeologists Originally Believed – by a Century

Rome is one of my favorite cities to visit. As I always say, no matter how many times you visit Rome, there is always something new to discover, and you can never truly see all of Rome. Even if you lived there your entire life, you would still not see all of it. Rome’s official birthday is April 21 753 BC. In April of this year, The Guardian wrote an article about recent findings uncovered by archaeologists.
 Readabout what they found.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Montefeltro Family

The Montefeltro Family


For those of you who read “Off the Beaten Trail: Palazzo ducale”, you may remember reading briefly about Federico da Montefeltro, who is probably the most well-known of his family. The Montefeltro family was amongst the most influential families in Italy during the 13th to early 14th centuries. They took their name from the ancient towns of Mons Fereti, which today is known as the town of San Leo. It was in the ancient towns of Mons Fereti that they first became prominent figures.


By 1234, the Montefeltro family ruled Urbino. Guido da Montefeltro fought against the papal party in Romagna and Tuscany, only to later submit to Pope Boniface VIII in 1295. His son sustained the Ghibelline cause, and ruled Urbino until 1322. His son Nolfo later lost Urbino to the papacy. It was not until 1377 that the Montefeltro family regained its power under Nolfo’s grandson, Antonio. Not only did he regain his family’s ruling over Urbino, but he also extended it over neighboring towns, and made peace with the pope. Antonio later passed his title to his son, Guidantonio. Guidantonio ensured the family’s position by marrying into the papal-related Colonna family, thereby creating a new alliance that would support his ruling.


Federico da Montefeltro


He was the duke of Urbino from 1444 to 1482, and was amongst the most influential people during the Renaissance. Da Montefeltro housed one of the greatest libraries of his time, owning over a thousand manuscripts, as well as a spectacular collection of books about an array of subjects from history to architecture. Most of his books had been bought from the humanist book seller Vespasiano da Bisticci. He also commissioned 30 to 40 scribes who worked continuously.

Federico da Montefeltro was born in 1422 to a noble family that ruled a large portion of then central Italy. He was the illegitimate son of Guidantonio da Montefeltro and Elisabetta degli Accomandigi, a lady-in-waiting to his wife, Countess Rengarda. Federico was raised until the age of eleven by Giovanni degli Alidosi with the Brancaleoni family. In spite of his illegitimacy, Federico was still given the education of a royal. He was later sent to Venice and Mantua. In 1437, Emperor Sigismund of Luxembourg knighted him. In that same year, he was married to Gentile Brancaleoni. By 1443, he had become duke of Marcatello, as his marriage to Gentile brought him the dowry of that territory.


After his tyrannical half brother Oddantonio was assassinated by the citizens of Urbino, Federico later assumed his father’s title and dubbed duke by Pope Sixtus IV in 1444. Due to his interest in the arts and sciences, and the creation of the Palazzo ducale as a hub, or gathering place, for architects, painters, and writers, he was named, “the light of Italy”. During the Golden Age of Urbino from 1468 to 1482, he had more wealth than any other prince of Italy.



His portraits are recognizable not only because of his importance but also because of the manner in which they were painted. Portraits of a person’s profile signified the high social status of the individual. However, it was also due to da Montefeltro’s disfigured face. He suffered from a skin disease, but had also lost his right eye and a part of the bridge of his nose in a tournament in 1450. Therefore, only the left side of his face was ever painted/drawn.

Recently, there was further analysis of the portraits conducted by medical students. The students noticed hyper kyphosis, a curvature of the thoracic region of the spine, or hump. In the evaluation, several theories as to how this may have happened have been derived such as Scheuermann disease and trauma related spinal changes. The hyper kyphosis could have been caused by the repetitive trauma to the spine from being on horseback with heavy armor. This is a very plausible conclusion based on the fact that he had at one time been a knight.


In 1482, Federico died in the War of Ferrara. He was buried in the church of San Bernardino in Urbino.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Temporary Shutdown

Hello Everyone!


I am temporarily shutting down the blog as it is currently being re-vamped. I hope to unveil it within the next couple of weeks months.

Please note that I have finally put in my request for an appointment with the consulate to officially apply for citizenship!!!!!

A presto!

Citizenship Saturday: Do I Qualify Part III

Good Morning Everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. The weather here is a bit glum, but thankfully the summer weather hasn't left us completely here in New Jersey. It has been chilly in the mornings and then gradually gets warmer throughout the day.

It has been quite some time since I last posted anything for Citizenship Saturday, so I thought I would post something in hopes of helping you. I have written about the Dual Citizenship Message Board before, but I wanted to share some links with you. A few members have done a wonderful job explaining the Jure Sanguinis Citizenship Recognition Process, and are posted under the section Qualifying - Jure Sanguinis when you open up to the homepage. In their posts, they have even included links to other great posts which further explain certain aspects of the process, including laws such as the 1912 law and the addition of women being able to pass down citizenship with the 1948 change.

The post the board recommends you read is titled 'Jure Sanguinis Citizenship Recognition Process'. He discusses topics like 'Do I Qualify',  determining which consulate to apply to, making amendments to documents, as well as other topics.

Please note: Before diving into this whole process if you have not yet started it is important to determine if you meet the necessary requirements. The process can be very expensive and very long, depending on how far back you are going in your family tree. It is better to know prior to starting the process if you do not qualify then to find out later down the road.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Incoming Translations

My translator and I have been talking back and forth since probably the end of July. I had a total of nine other documents that had to unfortunately be translated. I did not realize how many there were! Altogether, I think there were probably a total of 20 scans to her.

Anyway, the translations are currently in the mail to me!! :)

Of course, I have also hit a road block. I constantly heard horror stories of bureaucratic red tape with the Italian government. Honestly, the US government is just as bad, if not worse. I am requesting my father's grandfather's death certificate from New York State for the final time. The first time I applied, they denied sending a copy to us. On the second time around, they would now like an affidavit stating basically what all the birth certificates, marriage certificates, and death certificates that were sent to support who we are. If this does not work, and they deny sending a copy, all that I have will have to do. The Italian consulate asked that I try to request it again, and that is what I am doing. Once I receive a response, my application for citizenship will be finally sent in.