Right now, we have over 20 digital camera operators throughout Italy, working to digitally preserve the civil registration (birth, marriage, death) records in the state archives dating from the early 1800s through 1940. And FamilySearch is also digitizing the civil registration documents it has amassed on thousands of rolls of microfilm over the decades in its Granite Mountain Records Vault. Already, 15 million images of historic documents have been digitized and are published online with over 115 million digital images of historic vital records anticipated.
That means about 250 million birth, marriage, and death certificates for 500 million individuals. Now here’s the challenge, all of these digital images need to be indexed. We need volunteers like you and your friends and family to assist in making this information easily and freely searchable online for all.
As you may know, volunteers need only internet access and interest in the project to begin. If you speak Italian, that’s great! But if you don’t, there’s no need to worry because the Italian Ancestors Project has a vibrant online community that is as passionate as you are about family history and are there to help personally guide and assist you in getting started or continuing strong in your journey. Check out the Resources page to check out the volunteer support services.
Those interested in assisting as online volunteers just need to download the indexing software from FamilySearch.org/Italian-ancestors on their computer and select an Italian Ancestors project of interest (they are listed under the Italian translated name of “Antenati Italiani”). Additional information can be found at the National Archives of Italy’s site, http://www.antenati.san.beniculturali.it/, and FamilySearch.org/Italian-ancestors.