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Unofficial Name Change

PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 2:16 pm
by DianeH
I have my grandfather's birth certificate from Italy, last name ******a. His naturalization papers, death certificate, my father's papers (except for baptismal certificate) and mine all are all spelled ******o. Somewhere along the line, our last name was changed, most likely unofficially. I read on this site that some people from areas with a Greek population would change their surname for male/female, and this may be the case, as he was from Matera in the Basilicata. Has anyone gone through the process with a similar problem? I have a feeling that this is a major problem. Thanks.