I have been using this site for a while now and have had tremendous help translating and finding documents of my ancestors. When I started I only knew who my great grandparents were and today I am able to go all the way back to my 7x great grandparents in Riccia. They were all born in the 1700's. Since the documents on the Antenati site only go to 1800 I am guessing that will be as far as I can go. Is that correct? Do documents from the 1700s exist but they just aren't available online? Do I now need to contact the individual communes and request these earlier documents? Or have I gone as far as possible? Thank you in advance for helping me with my next step.
You will have to go to the church records which means you will have to write or hire a researcher to get those records some church registries go back to 1500 Sometimes on the right side of your early birth records they list the churches name so that's a god place to start
scraig32 wrote:Thanks Erudita! This may mean I just need to take a trip
You're very welcome. A trip to Italy is always nice. Just bear in mind though that, if you ever do get to visit your ancestral town, you should contact the parish in advance to let him know that you will be visiting. There is no guarantee, however, that you will get to view the very old parish books which contain the records but, if the priest knows you are coming, he may be nice enough to extract some of the info you need and create new record copies for you. The old books themselves may be too fragile for him to make photocopies of the pages or to allow visitors to view them themselves. Erudita