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I sometimes get email genealogical hints from people with Trees with common surnames to my Tree from this site - Geneanet.com. There's almost never a match. However, some seem to have Italian family members tracked into the 1100s. How is that possible? Church records started in the 1500s to my knowledge. As a free member, I can't contact these people to find out how they did it. Does anyone know where italian records into the 1100s can be found?
Noble family records is the only way I know.......A lot of parish records start to get limited info at early 1700 with no maiden names listed a lot if typos in the registry
Researching Trabia, Palermo surnames Adelfio, Bondi, Butera, Scardino,Rinella, Scardamaglia
I'm aware of the maiden name problem. I was fortunate to find a genealogist who had copies of the church records from my grandfather's comune, Racalmuto, dating to the 1500s. Apparently the old church death records didn't list the parents or spouse either. Marriage records did, but not women's maiden names with some exceptions. Apparently, it was up to the individual priest to put what information he wanted on the record - there was no uniform guideline to follow by type of record.
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