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Italian: Catholic Church Records-Part 1
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Church or ecclesiastical records is one of the largest and most important record sets in Italian genealogical research. These records are becoming more available outside of Italy, due to the efforts of FamilySearch to microfilm and digitize these records, as well as a few other smaller projects. Yet, the majority of these records remain in the archives of Italy.

In this course we’ll look at how and why these records were created, what types of records can be found, and what genealogical information you may find. We’ll discuss what archives these records are conserved in and how to access the records.


Course Content

Module 1
Catholic Church Records
 
Introduction
• When did ecclesiastical records begin and why?
• Can I find my ancestors back to the beginning of ecclesiastical records?
 
Understanding the Records
• Language used in the records
 
Exercise
Recommended Reading
 

Module 2
Understanding Ecclesiastical Jursidictions & Archives
 
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions & Archives
• Diocese & Archdiocese
• Parish
 
Digitization, Filming, or Indexing Projects
• FamilySearch
• Parish / Diocesan Projects
 

Module 3
Baptismal or Ecclesiastical Birth Records
 
Introduction
Birth & Baptism Record Examples 
Working with the Records
 

Module 4
Confirmation Records
 
Introduction
Confirmation Record Examples 
 
Working with the Records
• Table Format
• Paragraph Format
• Single Line
• Age of Child
 

Module 5
Ecclesiastical Death & Burial Records
 
Introduction
Death & Burial Record Examples 
• Parish Death Register
• Stillborn Children / Others Found Dead
• Widow’s Death Record
• Death of one who served within the Church
• Ecclesiastical Register
• Infant Death & Burial Record
 

Module 6
Parish Records Case Study
 
Who were the ancestors of Giovanni Maria Marinoni & Antonia Balduzzi? 
• Beginning Information
• Analysis of Location & Available Records
• Initial Research Plan
• Detailed Research Notes & Analysis
 
Summary 
 
 
 

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