Category Archives: Starting Out

10 Steps for Obtaining Italian Citizenship

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Starting from the beginning, here are the basic steps required for claiming your Italian Citizenship: 1. Preliminary investigation and confirmation of eligibility. Depending on how far back in your ancestry you have to go, this could be as simple as asking a living relative if the basic criteria were met.   If you are going farther back, chances are you’ll need

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1948 Rule

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I wanted to write more about the importance of the year 1948 in obtaining your Italian citizenship.  As I mentioned in a previous post, the 1948 rule was important in my case because my mother was born before 1948.  In a nutshell, prior to 1948, women could claim their Italian citizenship through their fathers but could not pass down citizenship

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The Italian Consulate

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After doing some research on the web, I got a lot of conflicting information on what documents were actually required. I later found out that this may partially have to do with which Italian consulate you go to.  Each has slight variations on what proof they are looking for. Some of this may also have had to do with the

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Discovery!

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It all started on a cold, rainy Northwest winter day while watching the show “Who Do You Think You Are?” on TV.  If you haven’t seen the show, every week a different celebrity is taken through a journey of discovery where they explore their genealogy and learn more about who their ancestors were.  The Brooke Shields episode was on that night.  As

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