Dear friends, Modena State Archive is closed due to the earthquake damages. All the people who are interested to receive any church records of that area, for now it is impossible, because probably most of the church records are ruined and not saveable. I hope it helps bye Riccardo
Thank you Riccardo, this is really very helpful and also very sensitive from your part. Earthquakes are always something very difficult to face, but I do believe and hope that Emilia will recover soon.
Here is a list of all the structures which have been affected by the earthquake, which I derived and translated from another very useful genealogy forum in Italian. Sad to know, but I hope this helps as well.
Churches: Cathedral in San Felice Sul Panaro (collapsed) Annunziata in San Felice sul Panaro (impracticable) San Giuseppe in San Felice sul Panaro (impracticable) Sacro Cuore in Finale Emilia (collapsed) Chiesa di Caselle in Crevalcore (impracticable) Chiesa in Staggia (collapsed) Cathedral in San Biagio in Padule (collapsed) Mother-church in Salara (impracticable) Mother-church in Fiesso Umbertiano (impracticable) San Antonino Martire in Ficarolo (impracticable) Beata Vergine del Carmine in Ficarolo (impracticable) Mother-church in San Possidonio (belfry collapsed) Cathedral in Mirandola (collapsed) San Francesco in Mirandola (collapsed) San Giacomo in Mirandola (collapsed) S. Caterina in Rovereto sulla Secchia (collapsed, death of the parish priest Don Ivan Martini) Mother-church in Cavezzo (collapsed) Mother-church in San Benedetto Po (belfry collapsed) Mother-church in San Giovanni del Dosso (belfry collapsed) Mother-church in Poggio Rustico (belfry collapsed) Mother-church in Moglia (collapsed) Mother-church in Poggio Renatico (collapsed) Mother-church in Corcordia (damages) Mother-church in Pieve di Cento (cupola collapsed)
Town halls: Finale Emilia (collapsed) S. Agostino (collapsed) Mirandola (collapsed) Poggio Renatico (collapsed) Concordia sul Secchia (impracticable) Novi di Modena (impracticable)