Ciao a tutti! It's been about 2 years since I started this process. I had made my appointment at the consulate in Los Angeles in August of 2019, the appointment was a short wait later, January 31 2022. I learned a lot on the way of collecting documents, certifications, apostilles (international certifications), translations, census records, church records, military records, the list goes on seemingly forever.
Here's the video I put together to show my idea of how to organize your documents for a consulate appointment. I'm not sure if this is the best way to do it, or even if it's a good way to do it. When I hear back from the consulate, probably later this year sometime, I'll edit here to say how it worked out: