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Great-Grandfather's ancestral town

Postby gentilejoy@yahoo.com » 28 Jul 2012, 18:32

My brother and I are trying to locate my great-grandfather's birth and/or baptismal records back in the town he came from in Italy. He is no longer living, and was born there in the late 1880s. We have never been there or personally know of any existing/living family members. Where do we begin if we only have the approximate year of birth and the name of the town. Any direction or assistance on how to proceed is appreciated.
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Postby Italysearcher » 29 Jul 2012, 20:44

First go to www.familysearch.org and see if they have microfilmed the records. If they don't have the year you need write to the town in Italian.
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Postby gentilejoy@yahoo.com » 31 Jul 2012, 00:36

If we need to write to the town in Italian, does it get addressed to the town hall of records? the mayor's office? what government office do we contact or write to there? Thank you.
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Re: Great-Grandfather's ancestral town

Postby Tessa78 » 31 Jul 2012, 01:20

Hi :-)

Why don't you provide us with the name of the town and we can try to give you the address and some resources to help you write your letter of request in Italian...

Ann's suggestion above is a great one. You can do the search yourselves, and maybe find some relatives along the way :-)

You can also provide us with some details about your GGF, and maybe we can find the record for you...

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Postby gentilejoy@yahoo.com » 01 Aug 2012, 12:09

:D @Tessa78. Okay, thank you. The name of the town is PENTONE in the Catanzaro province of Calabria. We prefer to research ourselves, so we would appreciate as you mentioned above, if you can tell us what town office to write or contact. Thank you again. Truly appreciate.
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Postby Tessa78 » 01 Aug 2012, 21:16

gentilejoy@yahoo.com wrote::D @Tessa78. Okay, thank you. The name of the town is PENTONE in the Catanzaro province of Calabria. We prefer to research ourselves, so we would appreciate as you mentioned above, if you can tell us what town office to write or contact. Thank you again. Truly appreciate.


Ufficio dello Stato Civile
Corso De Laurenti, 56
88050 Pentone (CZ)
ITALY



Help with letters of request in Italian... :)
http://www.circolocalabrese.org/resourc ... civile.asp
http://www.angelfire.com/ok3/pearlsofwi ... talrecords

You can also view Civil Registrations of Pentone (1810-1910) at your nearest LDS Family History Center...
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog ... m%2F751501


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Postby gentilejoy@yahoo.com » 05 Aug 2012, 14:12

@Tessa78-Thank you so much for above resources to start searching the birth record. I am going to begin by contacting a local FHL site to possibly view the film at their location. I will post on my progress.
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Postby Kmerandy » 28 Aug 2012, 22:05

How did it go? Im in the same boat, my Great grandparents are from Pentone and I located the registry on LDS site but you really need to be able to read Italian , and the quality of the micro films was terrible. So frustrating.
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Re: Great-Grandfather's ancestral town

Postby Tessa78 » 29 Aug 2012, 04:26

Kmerandy wrote:How did it go? Im in the same boat, my Great grandparents are from Pentone and I located the registry on LDS site but you really need to be able to read Italian , and the quality of the micro films was terrible. So frustrating.


Do not despair! :-)

While looking at these records focus on the names... You should be able to recognize the surnames you are seeking. Then save them on a flashdrive to upload here to the forum. We have many wonderful volunteers who will gladly translate the records for you. :-)

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Re: Great-Grandfather's ancestral town

Postby gentilejoy@yahoo.com » 02 Sep 2012, 21:08

@Kmerdandy -did you locate by going to the site online or by going in person to one of the LDS locations to view the microfilms? I tried from home, but I believe I must personally visit one of the LDS locations in my local area.I have not had time to yet physically drive to a local LDS facility. @Tessa78-Would I need to have the local site order the microfilm/registry in advance of my coming in?
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Postby adelfio » 02 Sep 2012, 21:33

Family History Library Locator
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Ordering Films from Family History Library
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About Italian Civil Records
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Films of Pentone (Catanzaro), 1810-1910 from FHL
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Postby JRosano2012 » 02 Sep 2012, 21:39

How did it go looking online? I tried to look at the records from that site for a few of my relatives who were also from Catanzaro (Palermiti). When I looked at that town, it kept saying there was no image. Think I might have to fax or email the town.
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Re: Great-Grandfather's ancestral town

Postby Tessa78 » 02 Sep 2012, 22:34

JRosano2012 wrote:How did it go looking online? I tried to look at the records from that site for a few of my relatives who were also from Catanzaro (Palermiti). When I looked at that town, it kept saying there was no image. Think I might have to fax or email the town.



The images for Catanzaro must be viewed at the Family History Center for now.
Eventually you should be able to view them at this site
http://www.antenati.san.beniculturali.it/?q=gallery

It has something to do with the agreement between the LDS and the Province...

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Re: Great-Grandfather's ancestral town

Postby Kmerandy » 06 Sep 2012, 20:19

I went to the LDS center in NYC, you had to first order the micro film. I thought the films were terrible but on the same token the readers might have been poor quality. I may try again. The last name is Merante witch is like Smith in this town so it was hard for me to find him.
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Postby Kmerandy » 06 Sep 2012, 21:09

T, whats the story with this site you mentioned http://www.antenati.san.beniculturali.it/?q=gallery
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