Basic Italian Records
# Courses Base Price
Courses 4 $476.00
Package total: 4 $476.00
Course image Italian: Introduction to Research Outside of Italy
Basic Italian Records
Course Summary:

NOTE: This course requires compulsory materials to be ordered. 

The book, “Finding Your Italian Ancestors – A Beginner’s Guide” by Suzanne Russo Adams, AG is available at GenealogyStore.com

Optional Course Print Material: Italian: Introduction to Research Outside of Italy

*Course material will only be sent to students who are registered in the course.

So you want to research your Italian ancestors! Welcome to a fascinating type of genealogical research. Italians have contributed to all aspects of life in the countries they immigrated to. Our Italian ancestors often came poor and destitute, seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Hard work and placing great value on family helped them to excel within their new countries, providing not only a better life for themselves but also for their descendants.

This course will provide you with a solid foundation on which to begin your research. We will discuss, amongst other things: what resources, mainly U.S. and Canadian, can help you begin your research; what Italian records are available and the historical considerations in their creation; where and how these records can be accessed; record collections available on microfilm or digitally and how to use them; language resources; tips that will help you as your research progresses; ordering documents from Italy.

NOTE: This course is a prerequisite to all other Italian courses except for the Research: Italian Ancestors course. 

Course Length: 7 weeks

Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 7 weeks
NOTE: This course requires compulsory materials to be ordered.

Course Content

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
Required Reading
GETTING STARTED
Reference Materials for Italian Research
Why Do I Want to Do This
Desire to Learn More about Your Family History
Desire to Obtain Dual Citizenship with Italy
Summarize It! Begin With What You Know
Why Knowing the Town of Origin is Important
Join an Italian Genealogical Society, Group and/or Heritage
Organization
Understanding Naming Customs

MODULE 2
ACCESSING THE RECORDS
Family History Library & FamilySearch
Use the Internet!
Maps
Digital Record Collections Elsewhere on the Internet
Use of Indexes

MODULE 3
UNITED STATES & CANADIAN RESOURCES
Required Reading
U.S. Resources on Italian Immigrants
Italian Records Brought by the Immigrant
Canadian Resources on Italian Immigrants
Did Your Italian Ancestors Immigrate to a Different Country?

MODULE 4
HISTORICAL CONSIDERATIONS AND POLITICAL JURISDICTIONS
Historical Considerations
Italian Political Jurisdictions
Additional Italian Archives Useful for Genealogical Research
Italian Record Types
Italian Privacy Restrictions
Conflict between Church and State

MODULE 5
PARISH AND DIOCESAN RECORDS
When Did They Begin and Why?
Can I Find my Ancestors Back to the Beginning of Ecclesiastical Records?
Baptismal or Ecclesiastical Birth Records
Confirmation Records
Marriage Records
Marriage Dispensations
Death/Burial
Tax/Census
What Can Be Found in the Parish and What Can Be Found in the
Diocese

MODULE 6
ADDITIONAL RECORD TYPES
Military Records (Registri Militari)
Notarial Records (Registri di Notai
University Records
LANGUAGES
Will the Records be in Italian?
Other Languages
Common Abbreviations
Additional Language Resources
Handwriting
Citing the Records
Form Letters to Request Records from Italy
APPENDICES
Course image Italian: Language and Location
Basic Italian Records
Course Summary:

NOTE: This course requires compulsory materials to be ordered.

The Book, “Finding Your Italian Ancestors – A Beginner’s Guide”by Suzanne Russo Adams, AG is available at GenealogyStore.com

Optional Print Course Material: Italian: Language and Location

*Course material will only be sent to students who are registered in the course.

Understanding, or being able to decipher, the languages found with Italian genealogical documents is an essential skill needed to effectively research your Italian ancestors. While most records are in Italian, you will find other languages within the records depending on the history of the town or region you are researching. Emphasis is placed on reading the handwriting and how to translate and understand basic Italian records.

While topics discussed in this course will give you a solid understanding of the basics needed to understand Italian genealogical records, we cannot cover everything in the space allotted for this course. After the course ends, you will need to take time to study the language, the handwriting, as well as the cultural context of the records, in order to fully understand what the records your ancestors left behind truly reveal.

Locating places within Italy can be confusing until you understand the political and ecclesiastical jurisdictions. We will review these jurisdictions and look at a variety of ways that will help you narrow your search for your ancestor’s town of origin. If you already know the town of origin, this section may help as your research expands as the research often leads into nearby towns, due to the practice of marrying outside a town’s populace. 

Course Length: 7 weeks

Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 7 weeks
NOTE: This course requires compulsory materials to be ordered.

Course Content

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
Language Guides/Word Lists
Italian Occupations
Required Reading
THE RECORDS WILL BE IN ITALIAN, RIGHT? AFTER ALL, IT IS ITALY
Other Languages Within the Records
ITALIAN IN GENEALOGICAL DOCUMENTS - PART 1
Abbreviations
Language Resources

MODULE 2

ITALIAN IN GENEALOGICAL DOCUMENTS - PART 2 – THE HANDWRITING
Introduction
Should I Translate the Whole Record?
Why Understanding the Form/Type of Document is Important

MODULE 3
WORKING WITH THE RECORDS
Introduction
Example Birth Record
Example Birth Record
Example First Marriage Bann
Example Death Record

MODULE 4
SPANISH AND FRENCH IN GENEALOGICAL DOCUMENTS
Spanish Genealogical Records
French Genealogical Records

MODULE 5

USING ITALIAN ARCHIVES FOR GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH
REVIEW OF POLITICAL JURISDICTIONS
Accessing Italian Archives

MODULE 6
HELP ME! WHERE WAS MY ANCESTOR BORN? FINDING YOUR ANCESTOR’S TOWN OF ORIGIN
A Few Last Tips to Narrow Your Search
APPENDICES
Course image Italian: Civil Registration Records-Part 1
Basic Italian Records
Course Summary:

NOTE: This course requires compulsory materials to be ordered. 

The Book, “Finding Your Italian Ancestors – A Beginner’s Guide” by Suzanne Russo Adams, AG is available at GenealogyStore.com

Optional Print Course Material: Italian: Civil Registration Records - Part 1

*Course material will only be sent to students who are registered in the course.

Civil registration is one of the largest and most important record sets in Italian genealogical research. It is certainly the most accessible, due to the efforts of FamilySearch, and now the main Italian archive, in microfilming or digitizing these records. 

In this course, we will delve deeper into three main types of records: birth records [both regular and supplemental], marriage records [including marriage banns and marriage supplements], and death records [both regular and supplemental]. Each type of record has different challenges as well as differences in format depending on the time period and/or location of its creation within Italy. 

We will also delve more deeply into translating and abstracting these documents so that you can understand more fully how to find every piece of genealogically useful information they contain. You will learn how to spot discrepancies and information contained that is over and above what is generally given. Understanding the documents is the heart of the course and there will be much study required of the example documents. 

You should have completed the Italian: Introduction to Research Outside of Italy and Italian: Language and Location courses, or have a good understanding of the content of those courses, before commencing this course.

Course Length: 7 weeks


Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 7 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
What is Civil Registration?
Are There Special Considerations When Researching in Large Cities?
Ufficio dello Stato Civile [Civil Records Office]
What Form of Document Will You Get When Ordering from a Civil Records Office?
What Kind of Information Can Be Found in the Civil Records?

MODULE 2
REPORTING A BIRTH TO THE CIVIL RECORD OFFICE
A Child Was Born…Now What?
Civil Birth Records
Working with the Documents
Original & Supplemental Birth Records: What’s the Difference?

MODULE 3
MARRIAGE BANNS
Understanding Italian Marriage Banns
Working with the Documents

MODULE 4
MARRIAGE RECORDS
Understanding Italian Marriage Records
Atto della Solenne Promessa di Celebrare il Matrimonio [Act of the Solemn Promise to Celebrate Marriage]
Working with a Document
Atto di Matrimonio [Act of Marriage]

MODULE 5
MARRIAGE SUPPLEMENTS
Introduction to Marriage Supplements
Working with the Documents

MODULE 6
DEATH RECORDS
Understanding Italian Death Records
Allegati [Supplemental] Death Records and Annotations of Death
Working with the Documents
Italian Cemeteries and Other Places of Burial
APPENDICES
Course image Italian: Civil Registration Records-Part 2
Basic Italian Records
Course Summary:

NOTE: This course requires compulsory materials to be ordered. 

The Book, “Finding Your Italian Ancestors – A Beginner’s Guide” by Suzanne Russo Adams, AG is available at GenealogyStore.com

Optional Print Course Material: Italian: Civil Registration Records - Part 2

*Course material will only be sent to students who are registered in the course.

Civil registration is one of the largest and most important record sets in Italian genealogical research. It is certainly the most accessible, due to the efforts of FamilySearch (and now the main Italian archive) to microfilm and digitize these records. However, civil registration is more than just birth, death, and marriage records. In this course, we will delve into some of the more unusual civil records. We’ll not only learn what they are but also how to use these records. These records can be used to “flesh out” the history of your ancestors, providing unique details that may help you understand the ancestors in their social and political context.

We’ll also delve more deeply into the Italian resources available through FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, and Portale Antenati, the Italian government’s website. Collections available at Italian Archivi di Stato will be explored. Students will learn what types of documents these archives contain and how best to access them. 

Course Length: 6 weeks

Contact Hours: 15
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 6 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
ATTI DIVERSI [DIVERSE ACTS]
What are the Atti Diversi?
Atti Diversi: Late 19th Century Records

MODULE 2

REGISTRI DI POPOLAZIONI [POPULATION REGISTERS], SCHEDA [SCHEDULE] & FOGLIO DI FAMIGLIA [FAMILY SHEET]
Registri di Popolazioni [Population Registers]
Scheda [Schedule]
Foglio di Famiglia [Family Sheet]
Stato di Famiglia Storico [Historical State of the Family Certificate]
Certificato di Residenza [Certificate of Residency]

MODULE 3
CITTADINANZA [CITIZENSHIP RECORDS]
About Cittadinanza
Registri dell’Emigrazione e Passaporti [Emigration Registers & Passports]
Internal Travel Papers

MODULE 4
ANCESTRY.COM & FAMILYSEARCH
Websites
Ancestry.com
FamilySearch

MODULE 5
PORTALE ANTENATI & ARCHIVI DI STATO Websites
Antenati [Ancestors] or Portale Antenati
Navigating the Portale Antenati Website
Archivi di Stato [Provincial/State Archives]