I've been researching my family in Alberobello, Bari using the LDS records but am now at the point where I will need to look at church records to go back any further (pre-1809).
I was just wondering if anyone has had any experience getting records from the church through the mail and, if so, how cooperative the priest was, how long it took, how far back the records go, etc...Also, would it be impractical to go there in person to try and access the records? (I plan on visiting Alberobello within the next year or two..) Has anyone else had success in person? I've read that priests in some parishes won't allow you access to their records, but I would really like to be able to go there to view them. Is there a procedure I could/need to follow for the priest to give me access?
Any other general advice about gaining access to church records would be appreciated.