First of all how did you get his birth date was in March? There are records of (1816-1860) › Livorno (provincia di Livorno)online they are on Antenati Gli Archivi per la Ricerca Anagrafica. THey are in a index registry (EACH ENTRY GOES ACROSS THE WHOLE PAGE) which list last name/first name/fathers name/mothers maiden name/birth date/baptism date looks like they are not alphabetical but by date starting from Jan 1st to Dec for every year. I did a quick sweep for March 1825-1826 didn't see Giovanni Mecchi but did see other Mecchi's in the records There are lots of records per year births and marriages but with a little work I think you will find your family
His birthdata is recorded in the 1901 and 1911 censuses of Canada at Meteghan, Nova Scotia. While I distrust birthdata in census records, it's all I have to go on, since they were both consistent in their reporting. Thanks for the link and I will check out this source you recommend. Your help is much appreciated. Dennis
Your link was a great one. I found Pietro Mecchi and Maria Puccinelli's marriage in 1822, and four of their sons' births. From the looks of it, my Giovanni (or Jean/John) from Canada was their son Vincenzio (I know nowhere near Giovanni), born/baptized 7/8 Mar 1826 (only three days away from the date given in the Canadian census of 1901. So it has to be him. He had brothers Giacomo in 1823, Agostino in 1824 and Francesco in 1827. This really helped a great deal. Now if I can find a similar link for a similar online source for the Como area, I'll have gone to genealogical heaven.