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Collection Time Period
This collection of Waldensian Church records covers the years 1632-1969.
This collection includes church records (such as baptisms, marriages, and deaths) of the Waldensian Evangelical Church (Chiesa Evangelica Valdese). These records have been digitally captured at the Archivio Tavola Valdese in Torre Pellice, Torino, Italy. Most of the records in this collection are written in French; some are written in Italian.
The key genealogical facts found in most baptism records include the following:
- Place of baptism
- Name of the child
- Date of birth
- Date of baptism
- Parents’ names
- Godparents’ names
The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records include the following:
- Place of marriage
- Groom’s and bride’s names
- Parents’ names on both sides
- Witnesses’ names
The key genealogical facts found in most death records include the following:
- Place of death
- Name of the deceased
- Age of the deceased
- Parents’ names
- Place of burial
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The Waldensian Evangelical Church is an Italian Protestant denomination that goes back to the Middle Ages. For centuries since its creation, members of the church were harshly persecuted until about 1848, when they were granted legal freedom to worship. Since then, the church has developed and spread through Italy and other countries.
Why This Collection Was Created
Each parish kept a record of events such as baptism, marriage, and death in the life of their members.
These church records are reliable and an important source for family history.
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Sources of Information for This Collection
“Italy Waldensian Evangelical Church Records,” database, FamilySearch; from Archivio Storico della Tavola Valdese. “Italy, WaldensianEvangelical Church records.” Archivio Storico Tavola Valdese di Torre Pellice, Italy. FHL digital folders. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
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Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection
- United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org): September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71.
- Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org): April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023.
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