Jim Boin & Sons
Trentino belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire until it collapsed in 1918. If your grandparent or great-grandparent emigrated during that time period, they were Austro-Hungarian rather than Italian. You are not entitled to Italian citizenship unless you applied under a special open period that ended in 2010. Four of our members did so, and we are delighted to note that Jim Boin, plus his sons Chris in Alaska and Matt in Chicago, were granted their citizenship in January. Kate Disney, Michael Job, Beth Bonora and her son, Owen Laine, are still awaiting a response. Kate has waited over 10 years! Good news is that our club is in regular communication with both the Consulate and the Ministry of Interior in Rome, and we are optimistic Kate, Michael, Beth and Owen will soon have
Italian passports in hand. In the meantime: Congratulazioni Jim!
Grant & Kathy Rauzi
Grant & Kathy Rauzi live in Seattle and are members of the Seattle Trentino Club. Grant’s parents, Frank and Marilyn, are active members of our Circolo. Grant’s grandfather, Francesco Rauzi, was born in Cloz, Val di Non, in 1900. He immigrated to the US in 1921 with an Italian passport. Grant recently obtained his Italian citizenship via jure sanguinis, i.e., direct descendancy.
Kathy got her citizenship by virtue of the fact that she is married to an Italian. They celebrated the news with a bottle of spumante and are preparing for their trip to Italy with passports in hand.
Congratulazioni, Grant & Kathy!