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Post by donnarichards » 02 May 2011, 09:34

I am trying to research my family tree. On my father's side, I know that his grandfather was Giovanni Minervini who was born in Molfetta in about 1875 and his grandmother was Nicola or Nicoletta Amato, unsure when and where she was born but I assume something similar. From what my father has heard, neither of them migrated away from Italy. On his other side, his grandparents were Raffaele Breglia and Olimpia Spaccavento also from Moletta. His grandfather died in Molfetta and then his Grandmother came to Australia. My father would love to know more about his family and I am really intrigued, however I'm not sure where to go to now. I have a tree drawn up on, but now I want to know more and add to it. Any ideas on where to try now????

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Post by Italysearcher » 02 May 2011, 12:52

Rent and view microfilms of the civil records at any Faily History Centre in the world. Click on Library!
You might need to request records directly from the town in order to get started.
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Post by johnnyonthespot » 02 May 2011, 13:25

Where was your father born? Molfetta?

a) Have you tried the Australia National Archives? Go to ... index.aspx and click "Search Now". On the next page, enter your father's full name in the Keywords box and click Search. You may find useful information in available immigration records.

b) You can write to the comune to request birth, marriage, and/or death certificates. It is best to begin by requesting "copia integrale" certificates for the last ancestor to have been born in Italy (your father?) and then go "back to the well" for each earlier generation based on the information provided by the first documents.

You should write, In Italian, to:

Ufficio dello Stato Civile
Comune di Molfetta
Piazza Municipio
70056 Molfetta (BA)


You can find sample letters here: ... ml#p108741 ... /index.asp ... tters.html

Birth/marriage/death photocopies of original registry pages are called: Copia integrale dell'atto di Nascita/Matrimonio/Morte

Birth/marriage/death computer-generated extracts are: Estratto Per Riassunto Per Atto Di Nascita/Matrimonio/Morte

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