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Archives collect and preserve original documents created by organizations such as churches or governments. Libraries generally collect published sources such as books, maps, and microfilm. This section describes the major repositories of genealogical and historical records and sources for Italy.
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If you plan to visit one of these repositories, contact the organization and ask for information about their collection, hours, services, and fees.
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''[[Italy|Italy]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Italy_Archives_and_Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]''
  
Although the records you need may be in an archive or library in Italy, the Family History Library may have a microfilm copy of them. The library has copies of many records from numerous Italian archives, as noted below, but from only a few libraries and other record repositories.
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Archives collect and preserve original documents created by organizations such as churches or governments. Libraries generally collect published sources such as books, maps, and microfilm. This section describes the major repositories of genealogical and historical records and sources for Italy.  
  
In Italy there are several major types of genealogical repositories:
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If you plan to visit one of these repositories, contact the organization and ask for information about their collection, hours, services, and fees.
  
* National Archives <br>http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archon/searches/locresult.asp?lctry=Italy
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Although the records you need may be in an archive or library in Italy, the Family History Library may have a microfilm copy of them. The library has copies of many records from numerous Italian archives, as noted below, but from only a few libraries and other record repositories.  
* Provincial archives and libraries http://www.lagazzettaitaliana.com/genealogist.asp
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* Local civil offices http://www.sutti.com/2d1.htm
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* Church archives http://www.gentracer.com/records.html
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* Church parish offices http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/italian_genealogy/87738
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* Other libraries (public, academic, research) http://www.aib.it/aib/aib-e.htm3
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* Historical and genealogical societies http://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/societies/index.cfm?soc=314
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=== Provincial Archives [Archivio di stato] ===
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In Italy there are several major types of genealogical repositories:
  
In Italy each province has its own archive. Most records of genealogical value are kept by provincial archives. They serve as repositories for records about their particular area.
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*[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archon/searches/locresult.asp?lctry=Italy National Archives]
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*[http://www.sutti.com/ Provincial archives and libraries]
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*[http://www.sutti.com/2d1.htm Local civil offices]&nbsp;
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*[http://www.gentracer.com/records.html Church archives]
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*[http://suite101.com/search/site/italian%2520Genealogy%252087738 Church parish offices]
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*[http://www.aib.it/aib/aib-e.htm3 Other libraries (public, academic, research])
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*[http://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/societies/society/httpgeolsoceusa/ Historical and genealogical societies]
  
Records of genealogical value at provincial archives include:
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=== Provincial Archives [Archivio di stato]  ===
  
* Church records (some)
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In Italy each province has its own archive. Most records of genealogical value are kept by provincial archives. They serve as repositories for records about their particular area.
* Civil registration
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* Census
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* Court records
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* Military records
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* Notarial records
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The provincial archives of Italy are open to the public. In addition, the Family History Library has microfilm copies of many of the records from these archives.
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Records of genealogical value at provincial archives include:
  
There are forty state archive sections in the country.
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*Church records (some)
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*Civil registration
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*Census
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*Court records
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*Military records
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*Notarial records
  
=== Lamezia Terme&nbsp; a unit dependant on the State Archives of Catanzaro ===
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The provincial archives of Italy are open to the public. In addition, the Family History Library has microfilm copies of many of the records from these archives.
  
The Sezione Archivio de State (Section of the State archive)&nbsp;holds Nicastro district records&nbsp;from 1555:
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There are forty state archive sections in the country.
  
Sezione Archivio de State <br>88046 Lamezia Terme<br>Via A. Moro (Palazzo Gigliotti)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br>Tele-fax 0968 22048<br>E-Mail: [mailto:furgi.uele@libero.it '''furgi.uele@libero.it''']<br>Internet: '''http://www.lameziastorica.it/archivio_lameziaing.htm&nbsp;'''
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=== Lamezia Terme a unit dependant on the State Archives of Catanzaro  ===
  
Reading Room Hours <br>8:00 AM – 7:00 PM from Monday to Friday <br>8:00 AM – 1:30 PM Saturday
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The Sezione Archivio de State (Section of the State archive) holds Nicastro district records from 1555:  
  
=== Local Civil Offices [Comune] ===
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Sezione Archivio de State <br>88046 Lamezia Terme<br>Via A. Moro (Palazzo Gigliotti)<br>Tele-fax 0968 22048<br>E-Mail: [mailto:furgi.uele@libero.it '''furgi.uele@libero.it''']<br>Internet: [http://www.lameziastorica.it/archivio_lameziaing.htm Archivio di Stato di Lamezia Terme - www.lameziastorica.it]  
  
In Italy all records created by the local government since 1865, including birth, death, and marriage records, are kept in local civil offices. These records are available to the public. Civil offices are comparable to town halls in the United States.
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Reading Room Hours <br>8:00 AM – 7:00 PM from Monday to Friday <br>8:00 AM – 1:30 PM Saturday
  
Duplicates are kept at the tribunale. You can get information or copies of the records kept at the comune or tribunale by correspondence. You can find a list of archival addresses in:
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=== Local Civil Offices [Comune]  ===
  
''Archivum; revue internationale des archives publié e avec le concours financier de l’Unesco et sous les auspices du Consil internationale des archives (International review on archives published by the International Council of Archives with the financial aid of Unesco).'' Paris, France: Presses Universitaires de France, 1952. (FHL book EUROPE REF 020.5 Ar25 v. 38.)
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In Italy all records created by the local government since 1865, including birth, death, and marriage records, are kept in local civil offices. These records are available to the public. Civil offices are comparable to town halls in the United States.  
  
For more information about civil offices and their records, see the "[[Italy Civil Registration- Vital Records|Civil Registration]]" section of this outline.
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Duplicates are kept at the tribunale. You can get information or copies of the records kept at the comune or tribunale by correspondence. You can find a list of archival addresses in:
  
=== Church Archives ===
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''Archivum; revue internationale des archives publié e avec le concours financier de l’Unesco et sous les auspices du Consil internationale des archives (International review on archives published by the International Council of Archives with the financial aid of Unesco).'' Paris, France: Presses Universitaires de France, 1952. (FHL book EUROPE REF 020.5 Ar25 v. 38.)
  
Some dioceses of the Catholic Church have gathered duplicates of their older church records into a diocesan archive. You can write to these archives and request brief searches of their records. See the "[[Italy Church Records|Church Records]]" section of this outline.
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For more information about civil offices and their records, see [[Italy Civil Registration- Vital Records]].  
  
=== Church Parish ===
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=== Church Archives  ===
  
Catholic records are usually kept by the local parish. You can write to local parishes and church archives for information. See the "[[Italy Church Records|Church Records]]" section of this outline.
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Some dioceses of the Catholic Church have gathered duplicates of their older church records into a diocesan archive. You can write to these archives and request brief searches of their records. See [[Italy Church Records]].  
  
Jewish archives, which were mostly destroyed during World War II, are found at the synagogue for each city where a Jewish community existed or exists. The archives of the Waldensians, the oldest Protestant group in the world, are in Torre Pelice in the province of Torino. For more information regarding these groups, see the "[[Italy Church History|Church History]]" and "[[Italy Jewish Records|Jewish Records]]" sections of this outline.
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=== Church Parish  ===
  
=== Other Libraries ===
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Catholic records are usually kept by the local parish. You can write to local parishes and church archives for information. See [[Italy Church Records]].
  
Some of the sources you will want to use are also available in major libraries in Italy. These sources include local histories, ancient manuscripts, and unpublished works regarding heraldry and genealogy. Contact these libraries and ask about their collection, hours, services, and fees. A good source regarding Italian libraries and their collections is:
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Jewish archives, which were mostly destroyed during World War II, are found at the synagogue for each city where a Jewish community existed or exists. The archives of the Waldensians, the oldest Protestant group in the world, are in Torre Pelice in the province of Torino. For more information regarding these groups, see [[Italy Church History]]&nbsp; and [[Italy Jewish Records]].  
  
''Annuario delle biblioteche italiane (Yearbook of Italian libraries).'' Three Volumes. Roma, Italy: Fratelli Palombi, 1958. (FHL book EUROPE 945 J5an, 1958; film 962678, item 1–2.)
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=== Other Libraries  ===
  
=== Historical and Genealogical Societies ===
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Some of the sources you will want to use are also available in major libraries in Italy. These sources include local histories, ancient manuscripts, and unpublished works regarding heraldry and genealogy. Contact these libraries and ask about their collection, hours, services, and fees. A good source regarding Italian libraries and their collections is:
  
Italy has some organized historical and genealogical societies. Some of these societies maintain libraries and archives that collect valuable records. For more information, including addresses, see the "[[Italy Societies|Societies]]" section of this outline.
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''Annuario delle biblioteche italiane (Yearbook of Italian libraries).'' Three Volumes. Roma, Italy: Fratelli Palombi, 1958. (FHL book EUROPE 945 J5an, 1958; film 962678, item 1–2.)
  
=== Inventories, Registers, Catalogs ===
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=== Historical and Genealogical Societies  ===
  
Some archives have catalogs, inventories, guides, or periodicals that describe their records and how to use them. If possible, study these guides before you visit or use the records of an archive so that you can use your time more effectively. The Annuario delle biblioteche italiane, mentioned above, is a guide to Italian archives and libraries.
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Italy has some organized historical and genealogical societies. Some of these societies maintain libraries and archives that collect valuable records. For more information, including addresses, see [[Italy Societies]].  
  
The Family History Library has copies of some Italian libraries’ published inventories and other guides, catalogs, directories, and inventories. To find them look in the Family History Library Catalog under:
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=== Inventories, Registers, Catalogs  ===
  
ITALY- ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES
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Some archives have catalogs, inventories, guides, or periodicals that describe their records and how to use them. If possible, study these guides before you visit or use the records of an archive so that you can use your time more effectively. The Annuario delle biblioteche italiane, mentioned above, is a guide to Italian archives and libraries.
  
ITALY, [PROVINCE]- ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES
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The Family History Library has copies of some Italian libraries’ published inventories and other guides, catalogs, directories, and inventories. To find them look in the Family History Library Catalog under:
  
=== Computer Networks and Bulletin Boards ===
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ITALY- ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES
  
Computers with modems can be useful tools for obtaining information from selected archives and libraries. In a way, computer networks themselves serve as a library. The Internet, certain computer bulletin boards, and commercial online services help family history researchers:
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ITALY, [PROVINCE]- ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES
  
* Locate other researchers.
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=== Computer Networks and Bulletin Boards  ===
* Post queries.
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* Send and receive e-mail.
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* Search large databases.
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* Search computer libraries.
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* Join in computer chat and lecture sessions.
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You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Italy in many sources at local, provincial, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most information is available at no cost. Many sources on the Internet are in English and provide valuable information regarding research tips, letter-writing, addresses, archives, and so forth.
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Computers with modems can be useful tools for obtaining information from selected archives and libraries. In a way, computer networks themselves serve as a library. The Internet, certain computer bulletin boards, and commercial online services help family history researchers:
  
=== Web sites ===
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*Locate other researchers.
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*Post queries.
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*Send and receive e-mail.
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*Search large databases.
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*Search computer libraries.
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*Join in computer chat and lecture sessions.
  
'''[http://www.italgen.com/ http://www.italgen.com]'''
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You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Italy in many sources at local, provincial, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most information is available at no cost. Many sources on the Internet are in English and provide valuable information regarding research tips, letter-writing, addresses, archives, and so forth.  
  
Contains the Italian Genealogy Homepage. Includes a large surname database.
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=== Websites  ===
  
'''[http://www.archivi.beniculturali.it/ http://www.archivi.beniculturali.it]'''
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*[http://www.italgen.com/ Italian Genealogy] - Includes a large surname database.
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*(Italian) [http://www.archivi.beniculturali.it/ ARCHIVI - portale ufficiale dell'Amministrazione Archivistica Italiana] - Lists the following information about all Italian provincial archives: addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers, e-mail addresses (if one exists), hours, and services available.
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/italy.htm Cyndi's List - Italy / Italia] - Provides links to hundreds of Italian genealogical sites.
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*[http://www.point-pointers.net/home.html POINT (Pursuing Our Italian Names Together) THE American NETWORK of Italian Genealogy] - Contains a weekly posting of queries and answers from PIE (Pointers in E-mail).
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*(Italian)[http://www.ansa.it/ http://www.ansa.it] - Italian news agency.
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*[http://www.italiangen.org/ The Italian Genealogical Group] - is an organization dedicated to furthering Italian family history and genealogy.
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*[http://www.iacsonline.net/ Italian American Cultural Society] - devoted to the culture and heritage of Italy and all things Italian.
  
Lists the following information about all Italian provincial archives: addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers, e-mail addresses (if one exists), hours, and services available. In Italian.
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'''[http://www.cyndislist.com/ http://www.cyndislist.com]'''
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Provides links to hundreds of Italian genealogical sites.
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[[Category:Italy|A]][[Category:Archives and libraries]]
 
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http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~gfli/italian.html
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Contains the unofficial "white pages" for Italy. Includes a business finder, people finder, e-mail addresses, and street addresses.
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'''http://members.aol.com/pointhompg/home.htm'''
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Contains a weekly posting of queries and answers from PIE (Pointers in E-mail).
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'''[http://www.ansa.it/ http://www.ansa.it]'''
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Contains the homepage of the Italian news agency. In Italian.
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'''[http://www.italiangen.org/ http://www.italiangen.org]'''
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Contains the homepage of the Italian Genealogy Group.
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http://www.iacsonline.net/&nbsp;'''<br>'''
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Contains Italian-American genealogy posted by the Italian-American Cultural Society.
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[http://www.cimorelli.com/ http://www.cimorelli.com]
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Contains Anthony Cimorelli’s homepage, which includes every kind of help possible in Italian research through PIE (POINTERS in E-mail).
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Italy Gotoarrow.png Archives and Libraries

Archives collect and preserve original documents created by organizations such as churches or governments. Libraries generally collect published sources such as books, maps, and microfilm. This section describes the major repositories of genealogical and historical records and sources for Italy.

If you plan to visit one of these repositories, contact the organization and ask for information about their collection, hours, services, and fees.

Although the records you need may be in an archive or library in Italy, the Family History Library may have a microfilm copy of them. The library has copies of many records from numerous Italian archives, as noted below, but from only a few libraries and other record repositories.

In Italy there are several major types of genealogical repositories:

Contents

Provincial Archives [Archivio di stato]

In Italy each province has its own archive. Most records of genealogical value are kept by provincial archives. They serve as repositories for records about their particular area.

Records of genealogical value at provincial archives include:

  • Church records (some)
  • Civil registration
  • Census
  • Court records
  • Military records
  • Notarial records

The provincial archives of Italy are open to the public. In addition, the Family History Library has microfilm copies of many of the records from these archives.

There are forty state archive sections in the country.

Lamezia Terme a unit dependant on the State Archives of Catanzaro

The Sezione Archivio de State (Section of the State archive) holds Nicastro district records from 1555:

Sezione Archivio de State
88046 Lamezia Terme
Via A. Moro (Palazzo Gigliotti)
Tele-fax 0968 22048
E-Mail: furgi.uele@libero.it
Internet: Archivio di Stato di Lamezia Terme - www.lameziastorica.it

Reading Room Hours
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM from Monday to Friday
8:00 AM – 1:30 PM Saturday

Local Civil Offices [Comune]

In Italy all records created by the local government since 1865, including birth, death, and marriage records, are kept in local civil offices. These records are available to the public. Civil offices are comparable to town halls in the United States.

Duplicates are kept at the tribunale. You can get information or copies of the records kept at the comune or tribunale by correspondence. You can find a list of archival addresses in:

Archivum; revue internationale des archives publié e avec le concours financier de l’Unesco et sous les auspices du Consil internationale des archives (International review on archives published by the International Council of Archives with the financial aid of Unesco). Paris, France: Presses Universitaires de France, 1952. (FHL book EUROPE REF 020.5 Ar25 v. 38.)

For more information about civil offices and their records, see Italy Civil Registration- Vital Records.

Church Archives

Some dioceses of the Catholic Church have gathered duplicates of their older church records into a diocesan archive. You can write to these archives and request brief searches of their records. See Italy Church Records.

Church Parish

Catholic records are usually kept by the local parish. You can write to local parishes and church archives for information. See Italy Church Records.

Jewish archives, which were mostly destroyed during World War II, are found at the synagogue for each city where a Jewish community existed or exists. The archives of the Waldensians, the oldest Protestant group in the world, are in Torre Pelice in the province of Torino. For more information regarding these groups, see Italy Church History  and Italy Jewish Records.

Other Libraries

Some of the sources you will want to use are also available in major libraries in Italy. These sources include local histories, ancient manuscripts, and unpublished works regarding heraldry and genealogy. Contact these libraries and ask about their collection, hours, services, and fees. A good source regarding Italian libraries and their collections is:

Annuario delle biblioteche italiane (Yearbook of Italian libraries). Three Volumes. Roma, Italy: Fratelli Palombi, 1958. (FHL book EUROPE 945 J5an, 1958; film 962678, item 1–2.)

Historical and Genealogical Societies

Italy has some organized historical and genealogical societies. Some of these societies maintain libraries and archives that collect valuable records. For more information, including addresses, see Italy Societies.

Inventories, Registers, Catalogs

Some archives have catalogs, inventories, guides, or periodicals that describe their records and how to use them. If possible, study these guides before you visit or use the records of an archive so that you can use your time more effectively. The Annuario delle biblioteche italiane, mentioned above, is a guide to Italian archives and libraries.

The Family History Library has copies of some Italian libraries’ published inventories and other guides, catalogs, directories, and inventories. To find them look in the Family History Library Catalog under:

ITALY- ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES

ITALY, [PROVINCE]- ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES

Computer Networks and Bulletin Boards

Computers with modems can be useful tools for obtaining information from selected archives and libraries. In a way, computer networks themselves serve as a library. The Internet, certain computer bulletin boards, and commercial online services help family history researchers:

  • Locate other researchers.
  • Post queries.
  • Send and receive e-mail.
  • Search large databases.
  • Search computer libraries.
  • Join in computer chat and lecture sessions.

You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Italy in many sources at local, provincial, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most information is available at no cost. Many sources on the Internet are in English and provide valuable information regarding research tips, letter-writing, addresses, archives, and so forth.

Websites