Orange is my favorite color

Having received my grandmother’s birth certificate after a single email to a public official (gratis, no less), now I need to certify it with an official apostille. Here, you might get the document from the county recorder and the apostille from the Secretary of State. I sent an email to the original Standesamt asking for help. My trick is to send email in English followed by a German translation from Babelfish.

Just two days later I received a reply (in German) with where to send it and an email address for that office! To be sure I wasn’t playing a game of pin the tail on the donkey with international shipping, I emailed the Thüringer Landesverwaltungsamt and they replied in just 48 hours confirming the details.

Although my American documents have been rolling in surprisingly quickly, I am still very impressed. I put off gathering these documents for over a year because I thought it was going to be such a painful process and it turns out to be pretty easy. At least so far! :)

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