Sometimes we need to write to the civil archives in Italy requesting information about our ancestor. Below you will find a number of basic letters that you are welcome to copy and use. Many of the people that I have helped with their Anglo Italian research have used these free Italian translations with excellent results. I always suggest that you enclose a small amount of money to cover the cost of copies and postage however you are not obliged to do so. If you have any doubts as to where you need to write please visit the Anglo Italian Genealogy page. I also have a concise list of books on Italian Genealogy which covers numerous countries.

Please feel free to link to this page so that others can make use of it.

Friday, 22 January 2010

A letter to people in Italy

Here is a very simple letter to people in Italy asking if they know something about the family you are researching.

Sometimes it is worth sending letters to people in Italy with the same surname that live around the area that you believe or know that your family came from; asking them if they know any information or have any relationship with the family.

** Egli = He
Ella = She

Gentile Signore o Signora,

Sto facendo una ricerca sulla mia famiglia che include il nome (name of person your researching) .........., questa nome Le e familiare?

Ho scoperta che **Egli/Ella ha sposata(name of spouse) ........... e che vivera in (where they lived) ...................

Qualore averse qualsiasi informazione di questa famiglia, sarei grato di conoscere
piĆ¹, se Lei forse cosi gentile da inviarmela.

Con mille ringraziamenti anticipati, cordiali saluti.



Dear Sir or Madam,

I am researching my family which includes the name..............are you familiar with this name?

I have found that he/she married (name of spouse) ..........and lived in .....

If you have any information about this family I would be grateful if you would let me know.

With many thanks,
Yours sincerly


I hope that you receive a response to these free Italian translations, do let me know by leaving a comment.

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