In principle, the Italian Courts accept as evidence documents from churches (i.e., birth, marriage and death certificates) if they can be shown to be legal in the jurisdiction from which they originated. For example, proof can come from a child born in Chile in 1890 who was baptized, as long as it was considered a legal document under Chilean law at that time. In any case, church documents are required to be legalized before the proper authorities and have a stamp of official authentication.

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