Translations received for the background checks (FBI, NY, IN, TN). Total $100 for the four of them. Only thing left is the apostille for the FBI background check to arrive.
I while back, I did a mass mailing to a lot of Palmeris listed in the Buffalo phone book. I ended up finding a bunch of grandchildren (and one child) of the Palmeri brothers, Angelo, Calogero, Pietro, and Salvatore.
This week, I got a message from a grandson of a Pasquale Palmeri, who was also born in Serradifalco. Apparently, Pasquale, born in the 1860s, was a cousin of the Palmeri brothers and came over with them to the United States. Pasquale and his wife Ida and their family lived on 7th Street in Buffalo, the same street that my great-grandfather Angelo and his brother Calogero lived on.
He also sent a photo, probably taken in the days when the Palmeri brothers and Giambrone sisters – and their cousins – worked as farm laborers down in Eden, picking peas. I gave him the link to the Story of Charles and Barbara, and he recognized my great-grandmother, Maria (Giambrone) Palmeri, and her sister, Barbara (Giambrone) Palmeri – women that he could never identify in this photo.
Oh, and the Jim Palmeri in this photo is the person who accidentally shot Josephine (Palmeri) Christopher with a BB gun in the story of Charles and Barbara.
back row: Jim Palmeri, Lucy Palmeri, her husband Charlie Palmeri
middle row: prob. Barbara (Giambrone) Palmeri, Ida Palmeri (mother of Jim, Charlie, and Sam),
unknown, Maria (Giambrone) Palmeri
bottom row: Alfred Portale (married to Connie Palmeri), Pasquale Palmeri in front of him (son of Charlie and Lucy),
Sam Palmeri, unknown, Ida Palmeri (daughter of Charlie and Lucy)
For my wife's jure matrimoni application, we need to wire 200 Euros to the interior ministry (Ministero Dell'Interno). Used a recommended service called Xoom.com, which was a lot cheaper than the bank or other services ($5 versus $20+ or a percentage of the amount wired).
About 10 minutes after completing the transfer, I received an email from xoom that it was being cancelled for reasons unknown. I've emailed their customer support people to try to understand why that happened.
Update 11 Nov 2012
Xoom said they only allow person-to-person wire transfers. They don't allow person-government or person-institution transfers.
Update 11 Nov 2012
Retried with Western Union.
Update 15 Nov 2012
Western Union has processed my request and it should be in the account by 20 Nov.
Another copy of the NY background check with an apostille arrived today. I think someone from the NY Secretary of State's office must have gotten the background check notarized and then they apostilled it and returned it. Very nice.
In addition, the FBI background check came today. Send it off for an apostille by the Department of State in DC.
Finally, the NY Background Check arrived in the mail. Well, actually what they sent was a signed and certified letter saying that what I received before was all I would receive. So I attached that letter to the check. Mailing the combined off for an apostille by NY.
Finally, we received signed, certified, and apostilled background checks from Indiana. It only took 3-4 tries, several letters, and a few phone conversations.
New York State should arrive later this week. FBI said that it was in process and should be finalized soon.
Today I called the NY Secretary of State's office. They confirmed that if I can get signatures on the criminal background check by the director of assistant director of DCJS (Joseph Morrissey or Donna Call) they can apostille the document. Today I spoke to DCJS and they will be issuing new background checks with one of those signatures.
One state down, two states and the FBI to go. Tenneessee background checks arrived today, apostilled.
New York sent back the background checks without signatures, seals, or apostilles. I did call and get some information about someone I might call in order to get the background checks signed, sealed, and apostilled.
Third time's a charm?
Indiana sent everything back. New form. Another set of prints. SASE. Blah blah blah.
Today, the consulate in Detroit called to set up our appointments to receive our Italian passports. Never thought this day would come.
Today we received background checks from NY State. The background check itself was still blank. But it was accompanied by a letter than was signed and notarized that said that the background check would be blank. Odd. They can notarize a letter but can't notarize the background check. So I stapled them together and sent them off for apostille by the NY Secretary of State.
Unfortunately, even though I asked for the background check to be listed in my wife's married name and maiden name, they only came in her married name. Since she never used that name while living in NY, that could be a problem for the consulate or for Rome. So I sent a letter thanking them for sending the notarized background check but asking for another one in her maiden name.
Today we received two letters concerning Amy's background checks from Indiana.
One was from the Indiana State Police, returning our request for the background check to be notarized. They said they tried to contact us, but Amy didn't say she got a call from them.
The other was from Safran, who digitized her finger prints. We asked for them to forward the request to the Indiana State Police. They sent it back to us.
Ugh. This is frustrating! I'll be responding to both. Again!
We sent the TN criminal background checks to the TN Secretary of State. They were returned. First, because I forgot to include the check. Duh. But also because the notary needs to be verified by the Davidson County Clerk's office first. Ugh. Round 27.
My brother wishes to apply for Italian dual citizenship. He lives out west, so he would apply through the San Francisco consulate. Their web site says this:
As of 10 October 2012, in accordance with memoranda issued by the Ministero degli Affari Esteri (MAE), this Consulate will no longer refer to the files of other Consulates or Comuni (municipalities) in Italy. Therefore, if you are applying after a family member has already received recognition of citizenship by descent from the same ancestor, you will be required to present all family documents from scratch, either in original from the relevant U.S. agencies, or as copie conforme (authenticated photocopies) issued by the Consulate or Comune which recognized your family member’s citizenship. The latter method is generally recommended and faster, but incurs a fee.
Today I emailed the Detroit consulate to ask what the procedure would be for me to obtain a cope confirme of my application materials for him to use in San Francisco. The birth certificates for my grandfather and mother were the only ones our family had. To get new copies would require a court order because NY State will not release a birth certificate to anyone but the person named or their parents.
17 Oct 2012
Response from the consulate: Your brother must contact our Consulate in San Francisco, we have new regulations.
Corrected Tennessee background checks arrive today and will be sent out for apostilles. 1 state down, 2 states and the FBI to go.
Yesterday, Indiana said that they were getting signatures and apostilles applied to those background checks.
Well, the NY State background checks arrived today. Despite noting that they needed to be suitable for apostille, both in the cover letter and on the application, they arrived unsigned. We're sending them off the the NY Secretary of State with a letter asking if they can apostille them and if not to please either call the NY State Police or send us a letter with clear instructions as to what they need in order to apostille a documents. It appears that writing in every possible margin of a form is not enough for people to issue signed background checks. Only TN sent them right (well, except for a spelling mistake).
Background checks from TBI arrived today. Everything was perfect – signatures, seals, notarized statement – except that they spelled my wife's name wrong on the address lines (Palmer instead of Palmeri). So we sent them a letter asking them to correct and resend.
The background check arrived today from Indiana. All it says is "A thorough search of our files by NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, SEX, RACE, and FINGERPRINTS DOES not reveal a criminal history record …"
I forwarded it on to the Indiana Secretary of State for an apostille, which fortunately is free (unlike most states).
Unfortunately, the background check did not have a signature or a seal on it, so I don't know if it will be accepted for an apostille. So in parallel, I wrote the Indiana State Police again for another copy of the background check, hopefully with a signature and a seal this time.
A jure matrimoni application requires "police clearance or certificate of criminal records issued by the central authority of each state of which the applicant has been a resident since the age of 14, accompanied by a translation into Italian."
Today, my wife obtained her finger prints from the Nashville Police Department ($12).
We need to pay for background checks: NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services ($60.75), Tennessee Bureau of Investigation ($29.00), Indiana Digital Finger Prints ($12), Indiana State Police Background Check ($10), and FBI ($18.00).