Choice of Padridi - Godparents

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Choice of Padridi - Godparents

Postby iolanda2 » 14 Nov 2009, 02:28

Would love to hear all opintions about potential / possible clues that can be obtained from the choice of godparents.
I understand that many godparents are relatives or members of the parrish.
In situations when the godparents are not relatives and are not from the parish of birth is it possible to learn anything?
I am referencing both Emilia and Le Marche during 1815 - 1840.
I am finding godparents that do not appear to be family members or members of the parrish of birth.

what do you think?
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Re: Choice of Padridi - Godparents

Postby suanj » 14 Nov 2009, 11:24

iolanda2 wrote:Would love to hear all opintions about potential / possible clues that can be obtained from the choice of godparents.
I understand that many godparents are relatives or members of the parrish.
In situations when the godparents are not relatives and are not from the parish of birth is it possible to learn anything?
I am referencing both Emilia and Le Marche during 1815 - 1840.
I am finding godparents that do not appear to be family members or members of the parrish of birth.

what do you think?

Hi, it are many clues, but I can say you that North or south Italy, the many clues are however the same.... In the past time the godparents of first child, normally are the same of church wedding witnesses... that was the tradition.... for other children the godparents was from free choice...

-the free choice for godparents ( no relatives, no parish members) normally was abt a good friendship... so the child's parents " tightened" better the good friendship, and the friends becoming godparents of a child....
instead, sometimes,( more rare) it was no a friendship, but different situations; for exemple: the choice of head manager of father's child; the choice of a rich person of residence town, the choice of a far relatives but in good money etc... so the choice was made second what was the interest of child's parents of for child's future...
and because for tradition nobody cannot refusing that, it was a way for to tighten a friendship or a relationship...
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Re: Choice of Padridi - Godparents

Postby iolanda2 » 15 Nov 2009, 00:00

Molte grazie Suanj,
I found my bisnonna, baptized in Medolla 1833, but this parish does not have a record for the marriage of her parents. The godfather is from Cividale and not a relative. The godmother is a zia. So I will ask the parrocchia in Cividale if they have a record of the marriage.
There are so many small abandoned parrocchia in the region of Medolla.
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