Salerno and LDS films- a 'dead zone'?

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Salerno and LDS films- a 'dead zone'?

Postby aliza24 » 16 Sep 2010, 16:14

Ciao Tutti!

Does anyone know why so few places in the province of Salerno are on LDS microfilms?

Compared to other provinces this looks like a dead zone. Are the records just not there? Did they not let them film? Did they just not get to this area yet?

Anyone know anything about this?

Thanks!
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Re: Salerno and LDS films- a 'dead zone'?

Postby misbris » 17 Sep 2010, 05:35

My family is from Salerno also. I don't know the reason why but very few towns in the provinces of Salerno and Napoli have been filmed. The records are there and you can access them by writing to the comune. However the dates as to when record keeping began are different. I my town Contursi Terme the records only go back to 1869.

I too would like to know why these provinces were never microfilmed.

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Re: Salerno and LDS films- a 'dead zone'?

Postby ricbru » 17 Sep 2010, 06:28

about 5 years ago I have talked about this to the guy in charge of the FHL in Trento, Italy, and he told me that sometimes mormon have not authorization from the manager of archive, to make pictures and microfilms of every single record of that archive.
This is what happened for the church records of several parish in the Diocesis of Trapani, at the beginning authorization was granted, and right after mormon started to picture records, it was denied by the bishop.
I hope it helps
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Re: Salerno and LDS films- a 'dead zone'?

Postby aliza24 » 17 Sep 2010, 10:39

Thank you both for your replies. This has really got me curious.

I know that many places don't like to allow church record filming because of the differences in religious practice. I've heard from the LDS church that it's up to the local diocese to make that call.

But rarely do you see such a big area with there is so little filming of the CIVIL records. It reminds me of those cell phone commercials that talk about 'dead zones'. :)

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Re: Salerno and LDS films- a 'dead zone'?

Postby chrisdamato » 17 Sep 2010, 12:13

My ancestors are from Sant'Arsenio. I have the LDS films on loan and they only go back to 1866. Luckily I was able to find my great great grandparents marriage record, but it would be nice to go back further.

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Re: Salerno and LDS films- a 'dead zone'?

Postby aliza24 » 17 Sep 2010, 13:07

Well I noticed that there were lots of cities (not tiny hamlets, mind you, but actual cities) in Salerno prov. that were not on film. I'm curious what the deal is.

I don't get many requests from this area so I was surprised to find that out.

With a few exceptions, Southern Italy is usually pretty good.

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Re: Salerno and LDS films- a 'dead zone'?

Postby maestra36 » 17 Sep 2010, 13:24

I strongly suggest you write directly to the town's anagrafe office, if there are no microfilmed records for your town prior to 1866. I did this with one of my Sicilian towns which had no microfilmed records prior to 1866, and the town official there had information in his registers back to 1820, when the civil records started in Sicily. I also read on another message board that someone did this with the town of Sassano, in Salerno Province, and that the town's anagrafe office there did have records from 1809 to present, despite the fact that the microfilmed records there only started in 1866.

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Re: Salerno and LDS films- a 'dead zone'?

Postby maestra36 » 17 Sep 2010, 13:34

I also found the following previously posted by Laura (Pink67) on this forum.

The State Archive of Salerno keeps the civil registration from 1809 to 1865 of all the Comuni of the Salerno Province.

http://www.archiviodistatosalerno.benic ... afiche.htm

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Re: Salerno and LDS films- a 'dead zone'?

Postby aliza24 » 17 Sep 2010, 13:55

Maestra36: Thanks for the link. No films at all were turning up for this town so I was starting to wonder if they were there. Wonder why they haven't been filmed?

I'll send off a letter.

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Re: Salerno and LDS films- a 'dead zone'?

Postby misbris » 17 Sep 2010, 14:59

Thank you for that link. I had just assumed that since the comune did not have the civil records, they did not exist. I will try this site also.


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