Thanks to the antenati.san.beniculturi and familysearch websites, I have managed to find more information on my family tree from the Province of Lucca.
I am now hoping to trace my family back through church records.
There are 3 main towns that my family lived in:-
Chiozza, in Castiglione di Garfagnana Colognora, in Pescaglia, Alpe di Stazzema, in Stazzema.
I have wrote to the parish priests in these towns before, but apart from Pescaglia have never received a response (even though I had enclosed donations).
Does anybody know of someone from the Lucca region, who would be able to visit the churches and photograph the relevant pages from their registers?
Obviously, I wouldn't want to be willing to pay over the odds, as I have found some websites that offer this, but start at $1900.
In Chiozza, I am hoping for a search of the records from about 1805-1810 for:- Possible marriage of Iacopo Mazzei (son of Pellegrino) and Rosa Guazzelli (daughter of Marco) (c.1805-1810); Possible baptism of Luigi Mazzei - son of Iacopo and Rosa Guazzelli (c.1809-1810).
In Colognora, I am hoping for a search of the records from 1832-1881 for: marriage of Luigi Mazzei (son of Iacopo) and Rosa Lombardi (daughter of Simeone) - 15th January 1832; baptism of Erminia Mazzei (daughter of Luigi and Rosa Lombardi) - born on 2nd Feb 1849; baptism of Giovanni Mazzei (son of Luigi and Rosa Lombardi) - born 1st August 1852 - baptised 10th August 1852; possible burial of Iacopo Mazzei (son of Pellegrino and Caterina Viviani) between 1832-1852; possible burial of Erminia Mazzei (daughter of Luigi and Rosa Lombardi) between 1849-1850; burial of Rosa Mazzei (Guazzelli) - daughter of Marco Guazzelli - died 21st September 1870; burial of Luigi Mazzei (son if Iacopo and Rosa Guazzelli) died 21st September 1876; burial of Rosa Mazzei (Lombardi) - daughter of Simeone - died 26th December 1881.
In Alpe di Stazzema I m hoping to find:- baptisms of Mazzei children, particularly children of Iacopo and Rosa Guazzelli (from 1809-1822); marriage of Pellegrino Mazzei and Caterina Viviani (c.1780-1788) (plus baptisms of their children; baptism of Pellegrino Mazzei (son of Domenico) c.1725.
If anybody can help, can you send me a message please?