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'1.' Death Record: Civil registration
Beginning in 1809 in a large section of Italy, the government required civil registrars to keep death records. By 1866 civil registration was required nationally. Usually these records included more information than the church death or burial records that were kept during the same time.

What you are looking for
Civil registers were the best source for determining when a person was born. They included everyone in the community and identified the complete name of the child being born.

Why go to the next record
Not all of the Italian civil registry records have been microfilmed, and the beginning date of these records varies from place to place.

'2.' Burial Record: Church records
Beginning in about 1520, churches required their clergy to keep death records. The date of death and place of burial are included, as well as the names of the parents of the deceased. Information found in a death record depends on how detailed the minister made his record.

What you are looking for
Parish burial records are the best source for determining when a person was born. Burial records may not give a birth or baptism date, but they give a person's age, making it possible to determine his or her approximate birth year.

Why go to the next record
Not all of the Italian parish burial records have been microfilmed, and the beginning date of these records varies from place to place.

'3.' Census: Census
The parish priest was often required to collect taxes for the state from his parishioners. He recorded information about his parishioners and the tax in a set of volumes called "stato delle anime," meaning "state of the souls." Not all priests regularly kept the church censuses. Where they exist, the registers list all family members living in a household with their ages or birth dates and death dates. They can also help identify all the members of a family and help determine where a family originated.

What you are looking for
When burial records do not exist, census records are the best source for determining when a person was born. Census records may not give a birth or baptism date, but they give a person's age, making it possible to determine his or her approximate birth year.

Why go to the next record
Not all of the Italian civil registry records have been microfilmed, and the beginning date of these records varies from place to place.

'4.' Probates: Notarial records
A city's notarial or probate records provide information regarding names and death dates of family members if the family owned property and if a will was written. These records mostly dealt with wealthy families.

What you are looking for
Notarial probate records were the next best source for determining when a person was born. They included everyone in the community and identified the complete name of the child being born.

Why go to the next record
Not all of the Italian notarial probate records have been microfilmed, and the beginning date of these records varies from place to place.

'5.' Marriage Supplements: Civil registration
Beginning in 1809 in a large section of Italy, the government required civil registrars to keep marriage records. By 1866 civil registration was required nationally. When a marriage took place, the bride and groom were required to submit copies of their birth records and copies of death records, if their parents were deceased. Also included in these supplements were copies of the marriage banns and often a copy of the marriage record itself. Use these records to determine when a death took place if the actual death records are not available.

What you are looking for
Civil registry marriage supplements were the next best source for determining when a person was born. They included everyone in the community and identified the complete name of the child being born.

Why go to the next record
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