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== Title&nbsp;in the Language of the Records  ==
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== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
  
Registri ecclesiastici della Chiesa Cattolica di Vicenza, Italia  
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Registri Ecclesiastici della Chiesa Cattolica di Italia  
  
== Collection Time Period<br> ==
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== Record Description  ==
  
This collection of Catholic Church sacramental records include the years 1597-1937.  
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After the death of Pope Clemente VII, leaders of the Catholic Church realized there was a need to reform and standardize certain doctrines and practices. All church leaders, including bishops from all the dioceses in Europe, were called to a council in the city of Trent on December 13, 1545. After many stops and starts, protests, and suspensions, the reforms of the Council of Trent were adopted. One of the mandates was that every parish priest would keep a record of the vital events in each parishioner’s life, the baptism, marriage, and death. Typically, these events were recorded when they happened. This mandate was passed in January 1564, but not every parish complied immediately, even though every diocese had to ratify and comply with the council’s reforms. In fact, the reforms were not universally accepted before 1595, when a papal proclamation was declared.  
  
== Record Description<br> ==
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Most Catholic parishes in Italy have records dating from this time (if the register books have survived) and continue to the present. The population belonging to the Catholic Churchin the mid 1500s was about 99%. It is still around 95 percent, so almost the entire population has been covered in the parish registers. In larger cities there were some Jewish and Protestant residents who were not covered by the Catholic Church registers.
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Copies of these records were not regularly sent to the diocese until about 1900, so most parishes have their records stored at the parish church. Occasionally the original register was deposited in the diocesan archive.
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The Catholic Church parish registers are the most reliable and accurate source for family history information in Italy until civil registration was enforced in 1820. The event information, including the names of the principal individuals, is highly reliable. Other information, such as ages, parents’ names, and other relationships, is generally regarded as reliable but could be subject to error.
  
 
The records are generally kept in bound registers consisting of approximately 100-400 pages per volume. Some registers include an index at the end of each volume. Volumes prior to 1815 were handwritten by the parish priest in narrative form with details of the event and after 1815 the records were handwritten in printed forms. The text of the records is in Italian and partially in Latin.  
 
The records are generally kept in bound registers consisting of approximately 100-400 pages per volume. Some registers include an index at the end of each volume. Volumes prior to 1815 were handwritten by the parish priest in narrative form with details of the event and after 1815 the records were handwritten in printed forms. The text of the records is in Italian and partially in Latin.  
  
=== Record Content<br> ===
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== Record Content ==
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Image:Italy Vicenza Province Catholic Church Records (10-0166) Baptism DGS 4470429 74 75.jpg|Baptism Record
 
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Image:Italy Vicenza Province Catholic Church Records (10-0166) Marriage DGS 4470478 4 5.jpg|Marriage Record
Image:Italy Vicenza Province Catholic Church Records (10-0166) Death DGS 4471545 3.jpg |Death Record
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The key genealogical facts found on most birth or baptism records include:  
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These baptism records usually include:  
  
 
*Date and time of the event  
 
*Date and time of the event  
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*In later records, marriage and birth information of the parents
 
*In later records, marriage and birth information of the parents
  
The key genealogical facts found on most marriage records include:  
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These marriage records generally include:  
  
 
*Names of the bride and groom  
 
*Names of the bride and groom  
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*In later records, birth information for the bride and groom
 
*In later records, birth information for the bride and groom
  
The key genealogical facts found on most burial records include:  
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These burial records usually include:  
  
 
*Name of the deceased  
 
*Name of the deceased  
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
Some records have indexes at the end of the volume. Frequently, these indexes are arranged by the given name of the individual and sometimes use the Latin form of the name. Those volumes without indexes need to be searched chronologically for the individuals sought.
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To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
  
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Use the locator information in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. Be aware that as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
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*Name
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*Parish of residence
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about other people listed in the record. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
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==== Search the Collection  ====
  
For example:
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To search the collection select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page.
  
*Use the baptism date and place to find the family in census records.
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate civil and land records.
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*The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
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*The parents' origin places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*Marriage date and place may help find their children.
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*Burial place may also help to know of their migration pattern.
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*It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile baptism entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the baptism records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born, married and died in the same place or nearby.
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Keep in mind:
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==== Using the Information  ====
  
*The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about other people listed in the record. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example use the residence and names of the parents to locate civil and land records.  
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
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*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
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== Record History ==
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
  
The registration of baptisms, marriages, and burials were recorded mostly in separate registers by officials of the Roman Catholic Church in the parish of San Rocco, Casoni, Vicenza, Italy. Casoni is a small town, within the municipality of Mussolente, located in the province of Vicenza, Italy. The original registers are housed at the parish office in Casoni, Italy.  
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*The father’s profession can lead you to other types of records such as military records.
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*The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*Burial places may also help to establish a migration pattern.
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*It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile the entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born, married and died in the same place or nearby.
  
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
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*You should also search for your ancestors in the civil registers. Then compare your findings against each other.
  
These records were created by official decree of the Roman Catholic Church. The Church required the keeping of the registration of baptisms, marriages, and burials beginning in 1595. This parish began keeping records in 1597.
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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*Check for variant spellings of the names.
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*Check for an index. Some records have indexes at the end of the volume. Frequently, these indexes are arranged by the given name of the individual and sometimes use the Latin form of the name. Those volumes without indexes need to be searched chronologically for the individuals sought.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby parishes.
  
Typically, the baptisms, marriages, or burials were recorded at the time of the event. The event information, including the names of the principal individuals, is highly reliable. Other information, such as ages, parents’ names, and other relationships, is generally regarded as reliable but could be subject to error.
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<!--bibdescbegin-->*"Italy, Vicenza Province, Casoni Church Records,” images, FamilySearch ([http://familysearch.org www.familysearch.org]); from L’archivio ecclesiastici della parrocchia di San Rocco, Casoni, Vicenza, Italia. “Italy Catholic Church Records.” Digital images of originals housed at various church archives in the province of Vicenza, Italy. FHL microfilm. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
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Title in the Language of the Records

Registri Ecclesiastici della Chiesa Cattolica di Italia

Record Description

After the death of Pope Clemente VII, leaders of the Catholic Church realized there was a need to reform and standardize certain doctrines and practices. All church leaders, including bishops from all the dioceses in Europe, were called to a council in the city of Trent on December 13, 1545. After many stops and starts, protests, and suspensions, the reforms of the Council of Trent were adopted. One of the mandates was that every parish priest would keep a record of the vital events in each parishioner’s life, the baptism, marriage, and death. Typically, these events were recorded when they happened. This mandate was passed in January 1564, but not every parish complied immediately, even though every diocese had to ratify and comply with the council’s reforms. In fact, the reforms were not universally accepted before 1595, when a papal proclamation was declared.

Most Catholic parishes in Italy have records dating from this time (if the register books have survived) and continue to the present. The population belonging to the Catholic Churchin the mid 1500s was about 99%. It is still around 95 percent, so almost the entire population has been covered in the parish registers. In larger cities there were some Jewish and Protestant residents who were not covered by the Catholic Church registers.

Copies of these records were not regularly sent to the diocese until about 1900, so most parishes have their records stored at the parish church. Occasionally the original register was deposited in the diocesan archive.

The Catholic Church parish registers are the most reliable and accurate source for family history information in Italy until civil registration was enforced in 1820. The event information, including the names of the principal individuals, is highly reliable. Other information, such as ages, parents’ names, and other relationships, is generally regarded as reliable but could be subject to error.

The records are generally kept in bound registers consisting of approximately 100-400 pages per volume. Some registers include an index at the end of each volume. Volumes prior to 1815 were handwritten by the parish priest in narrative form with details of the event and after 1815 the records were handwritten in printed forms. The text of the records is in Italian and partially in Latin.

Record Content

These baptism records usually include:

  • Date and time of the event
  • Name of the person baptized
  • Names of the parents
  • Names of the witnesses
  • Name of the priest performing the baptism
  • In later records, marriage and birth information of the parents

These marriage records generally include:

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Names of their parents
  • Date of the event
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of the priest performing the marriage
  • In later records, birth information for the bride and groom

These burial records usually include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Names of the parents (if the deceased is a minor)
  • Dates of death and burial
  • In later records, profession, age of deceased, and cause of death

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name
  • Parish of residence

Search the Collection

To search the collection select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about other people listed in the record. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example use the residence and names of the parents to locate civil and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The father’s profession can lead you to other types of records such as military records.
  • The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Burial places may also help to establish a migration pattern.
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile the entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born, married and died in the same place or nearby.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
  • You should also search for your ancestors in the civil registers. Then compare your findings against each other.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Check for an index. Some records have indexes at the end of the volume. Frequently, these indexes are arranged by the given name of the individual and sometimes use the Latin form of the name. Those volumes without indexes need to be searched chronologically for the individuals sought.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby parishes.

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