Sources for learning how to read and write Italian

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Sources for learning how to read and write Italian

Postby crow13b » 03 Sep 2014, 07:26


I'm helping my grandma do genealogy. With the Italian side, the language, unfortunately, didn't survive, so I'd like to learn to at least read and write Italian to help with those records. What sources are out there to help with that? Does anyone have any good suggestions on learning techniques? I do know Spanish (I lived in Spain for a few years and learned it in country), so Italian shouldn't be too difficult to pick up.
Thanks for any advice and guidance.

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Re: Sources for learning how to read and write Italian

Postby AngelaGrace56 » 03 Sep 2014, 09:32

Welcome to the forum!

There are quite a few options available to help you with doing Italian genealogy and reading Italian records, some of which are:

Family Search offers free tutorials at this site: ... 22Italy%22

Family Search has also put together the following booklet which you can download for free (PDF format): ... extraction

Two books that are often recommended here on Italian Genealogy are:

“Discovering your Italian Ancestors” by Lynn Nelson and

“Italian Genealogical Records: How to Use Italian Civil, Ecclesastical & Other Records etc” by Trafford R Cole (You can view an extract of this book on line here: ... 0916489582) This book has been highly recommended as both an easy read and also a great reference book.

I find that using the "search" tool here at IG is also great because most of the questions that people have, have already been asked before.

Probably the biggest challenge with reading the records is being able to decipher the script and there are always great people here at IG that can help you along the way with this. I think once you start building up your vocabulary of words specific to Italian records it all becomes less of a challenge as well.


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