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Italian: Civil Registration Records-Part 1
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Civil registration is one of the largest and most important record sets in Italian genealogical research. It is certainly the most accessible, due to the efforts of FamilySearch, and now the main Italian archive, in microfilming or digitizing these records.

In this course, we will delve deeper into three main types of records: birth records [both regular and supplemental], marriage records [including marriage banns and marriage supplements], and death records [both regular and supplemental]. Each type of record has different challenges as well as differences in format depending on the time period and/or location of its creation within Italy.

We will also delve more deeply into translating and abstracting these documents so that you can understand more fully how to find every piece of genealogically useful information they contain. You will learn how to spot discrepancies and information contained that is over and above what is generally given. Understanding the documents is the heart of the course and there will be much study required of the example documents.

You should have completed the Italian: Introduction to Research Outside of Italy and Italian: Language and Location courses, or have a good understanding of the content of those courses, before commencing this course.

COURSE CONTENT

Module 1
Introduction
  • Note about Web Addresses
  • Websites
  • Required Reading

    What is Civil Registration?
    Are There Special Considerations When Researching in Large Cities?

    Ufficio dello Stato Civile [Civil Records Office]
  • Required Reading

    What Form of Document Will You Get When Ordering from a Civil Records Office?

    What Kind of Information Can Be Found in the Civil Records?
  • Required Reading

    Module 2
    Reporting a Birth to the Civil Record Office
    Websites

    A Child Was Born…Now What?
  • Required Reading

    Civil Birth Records
  • Differences in Format - Before and After Unification
  • Required Reading

    Working with the Documents
  • Document Example #1
  • Exercise
  • Document Example #2
  • Document Example #3

    Original & Supplemental Birth Records: What’s the Difference?
  • Exercise

    Module 3
    Marriage Banns
    Websites

    Understanding Italian Marriage Banns
  • Required Reading

    Working with the Documents
  • Document Example #1
  • Document Example #2
  • Exercise

    Module 4
    Marriage Records
    Websites
    Understanding Italian Marriage Records

    Atto della Solenne Promessa di Celebrare il Matrimonio [Act of the Solemn Promise to Celebrate Marriage]
  • Required Reading

    Working with a Document
  • Document Example

    Atto di Matrimonio [Act of Marriage]
  • Required Reading

    Working With a Document
  • Document Example

    Module 5
    Marriage Supplements
    Websites

    Introduction to Marriage Supplements
  • Exercise

    Working with the Documents
  • Document Example

    Module 6
    Death Records
    Websites

    Understanding Italian Death Records
  • Required Reading

    Allegati [Supplemental] Death Records and Annotations of Death

    Working with the Documents
  • Document Example #1
  • Document Example #2
  • Document Example #3

    Italian Cemeteries and Other Places of Burial
    Final Summary
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