How to start your research
I. You want to go backwards and find ancestors
To start any serious attempt of this kind, you need the earliest possible name with place and date (death, birth or marriage).
From there you'll proceed through births, marriages etc, according to the availability of resources - municipalities certificates, civil records, onciari, parish books, notary records and still other possible sources. As you proceed backward in time, resources will become scantier, and research longer and more expensive. The main source to start is the Italian Civil Records, established in 1809 in Southern Italy and then extended to the rest of the country in the years 1866-1872.
- You have name, surname & date of your ancestor -
You need / are unsure of the place » PROCEED TO STEP 1
- You have name, surname & place of your ancestor -
You need the date » PROCEED TO STEP 2
- You have name, surname, date & place of your ancestor -
You need the parents' names » PROCEED TO STEP 3
- You have name, surname, date & place of your ancestor and parents' names - You have all necessary details to start a genealogical reconstruction through Civil Records
Check the availability of Civil Records for your place » PROCEED TO STEP 4
- You have exhausted the Civil Records -
If you have reached 1730-1770 you can search through the Catasti Onciari » PROCEED TO STEP 5
- You have exhausted the Civil Records and Onciari-
You need parish books » PROCEED TO STEP 6
- You have exhausted the parish books and onciari, or they are not available » You need notary acts or other sources [we are working on a guide to this]
II. You want to go forward and find relatives
This section is being prepared. Meanwhile if you want to engage us to help you, you can fill our form supplying all information available as yet to you and we'll prepare a custom estimate of feasibility, time and costs.
Or you can try writing a letter to all those families bearing the surname of your ancestor in his/her municipality of origin:
- You do not have names and addresses
You can find them in the white pages
- You have names and addresses
You need to translate a letter - we can do that for you » fill our form for an estimate
III. You want to know more on other subjects
You want to know more about the places, traditions, customs of your ancestral land, the recipes and economy, you want to reconstruct the real life of your ancestors, to preserve the heritage that you had from your forefathers through thousands of years of history.
- You want literary sources » You need books, journals, essays etc
- You want video and audio » You can search the internet
- You are interested in learning Italian and dialect »You can start to learn through the internet or using our Beginner's Italian course
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