Tracing your ancestors in Italy

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Tracing your ancestors in Italy

Postby ForzaItaliaPgh » 28 Sep 2010, 19:15

Ciao tutti,

A few years back I traced my line of male decedent back through my GF and gathered all his documents here in the States.

As a birthday present, my wife got an Italian genealogist in Italy to research our family there. He was able to find a particular parish in Pistoia from which my GGF was from, but he didn't get the birth cert and has since dropped off the face of the Earth on me :(

So I'm left wondering, how hard is it to trace things back myself? Do I really need someone in Italy to do this for me, or is it more cost effective and easier (maybe more fun) to do it myself?

Any thoughts?

Grazie.

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Re: Tracing your ancestors in Italy

Postby maestra36 » 28 Sep 2010, 19:32

Have you checked to see what state civil records are available on microfilm?

Italy, Pistoia, Pistoia - Civil registration
See Also) Italy, Pistoia, Porta Carratica - Civil registration
(See Also) Italy, Pistoia, Porta Lucchese - Civil registration
(See Also) Italy, Pistoia, Porta San Marco - Civil registration
(See Also) Italy, Pistoia, Porta al Borgo - Civil registration

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Re: Tracing your ancestors in Italy

Postby Tessa78 » 28 Sep 2010, 19:34

ForzaItaliaPgh wrote: He was able to find a particular parish in Pistoia from which my GGGF was from, but he didn't get the birth cert


Do you know the name of the parish? There are 41 churches listed in the Italian Phone book for Pistoia

http://www.paginebianche.it/execute.cgi ... dv=Pistoia

If you know the name of the parish, why not write to them yourself?

OR :-)

Your LDS Family History Center has microfilms of church records for Pistoia from 1511-1785
http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library ... stoia++2++

You can rent/view these films at your nearest FHC...
Use this site to locate the one nearest you..
www.familysearch.org

T.

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Re: Tracing your ancestors in Italy

Postby maestra36 » 28 Sep 2010, 19:36

I think from a previous thread though that you may be researching an area without microfilmed records, but I am not sure. You should look at what is available at www.familysearch.org in the library catalog.

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Postby ForzaItaliaPgh » 28 Sep 2010, 21:05

Thanks for the ideas. The parish is VICOFARO. My GF's baptismal record has the father and mother as being from Vicofaro, Pistoia so I'm hoping that means they were born or at least married there. I'll use these resources!! Grazie!

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Postby ForzaItaliaPgh » 28 Sep 2010, 21:23

maestra36 wrote:Have you checked to see what state civil records are available on microfilm?

Italy, Pistoia, Pistoia - Civil registration
See Also) Italy, Pistoia, Porta Carratica - Civil registration
(See Also) Italy, Pistoia, Porta Lucchese - Civil registration
(See Also) Italy, Pistoia, Porta San Marco - Civil registration
(See Also) Italy, Pistoia, Porta al Borgo - Civil registration


Ciao Maestra,

Where would I search for these? Google? Thanks.

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Re: Tracing your ancestors in Italy

Postby johnnyonthespot » 28 Sep 2010, 21:28

What year would we be talking about here? Italian civil records only go back so far, just to the mid 1800's in many cases.
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Re: Tracing your ancestors in Italy

Postby ForzaItaliaPgh » 28 Sep 2010, 23:25

Well, let's see, my GF was born in 1897. His oldest sibling was born in 1887. On his older brothers baptismal record it states that his parents came from Vicofaro, Pistoia (although on my GF's it says they are members of "this parish" in Lucca). The 1887 birth cert of my GF's eldest sister is the oldest record I currently possess.

Based on that I'm guessing my GGF and GGM were probably married in the early 1880's maybe the late 1870's and my GGF was probably born somewhere around 1850-1860. That is all entirely guess work, though.

That might leave enough room for his birth cert to be found somewhere in the civil records, if they go back to mid-century, right?

Also, my genealogist gave me the name of my GGGF and noted that he died between 1887-1897, but gave absolutely no documentation to support this.

Grazie.
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Re: Tracing your ancestors in Italy

Postby maestra36 » 28 Sep 2010, 23:35

ForzaItaliaPgh wrote:
maestra36 wrote:Have you checked to see what state civil records are available on microfilm?

Italy, Pistoia, Pistoia - Civil registration
See Also) Italy, Pistoia, Porta Carratica - Civil registration
(See Also) Italy, Pistoia, Porta Lucchese - Civil registration
(See Also) Italy, Pistoia, Porta San Marco - Civil registration
(See Also) Italy, Pistoia, Porta al Borgo - Civil registration


Ciao Maestra,

Where would I search for these? Google? Thanks.


To search the family history library catalog, go to www.familysearch.org

Go to search records and to library catalog in the drop down box under that category.

Click on that and on the next screen do a place search.

On the next screen put in the name of your town in the top box and Italy in the box below and then hit search.

Next screen you get Italy, Pistoia, Pistoia

Click on that and on next screen it gives you choices-there is an option for church records and one for civil registration

You can try each of these and click on view film notes. You will get a list of microfilms available for rental through a local LDS family history center.

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Re: Tracing your ancestors in Italy

Postby ForzaItaliaPgh » 29 Sep 2010, 02:08

Grazie :D

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Re: Tracing your ancestors in Italy

Postby ForzaItaliaPgh » 29 Sep 2010, 03:28

Excuse me for being dense, but I still can't get this FamilySearch.org site to work. I have found 9 documents that could contain the information I need, but I cannot search them. How do I go about seeing the contents of the documents? Do I need to go to one of the Family History Centers to see the documents? If so, can I check them out or must they stay in the Center?

Thanks!
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