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Foreign Language Title
Registri ecclesiastici della Chiesa Cattolica di Vicenza, Italia
Collection Time Period
This collection of Catholic Church sacramental records include the years 1597-1937.
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. Text of the records is in Italian and some Latin.
The key genealogical facts found on most birth or baptism records 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
The key genealogical facts found on most marriage records 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
The key genealogical facts found on most burial records 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 Records
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.
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.
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 baptism date and place to find the family in census records.
Use the residence and names of the parents to locate civil and land records.
The father’s occupation can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
The parent’s origin places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
Marriage date and place may help find their children
Burial place may also help to know of their 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 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.
Keep in mind:
The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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.
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.
Why This Collection Was Created?
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.
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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Sources of information for This Collection
"Italy, Vicenza Province, Casoni Church Records,” database, FamilySearch (); 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.
"Italy,Palermo Province, Monreale Diocese Church Records,” database, FamilySearch (http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch); from Curia Arcivescovile di Monreale, Italia. “Italy Catholic Church Records.” Digital images of originals housed at various church archives in the province of Monreale, Italy. FHL microfilm. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
"Italy,Catania Province,Catania Diocese Church Records,” database, FamilySearch (http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch); from Arcidiocesi di Catania, Italia. “Italy Catholic Church Records.” Digital images of originals housed at various church archives in the province of Catania, Italy. FHL microfilm. 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 Family Search Internet(www.familysearch,org: September 29, 2006). Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base adn Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71.
- Mexico, Districto Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from Familysearch Internet (www.familysearch,org: April 22, 2010), Bapistm of Adolfo Femandex Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apostol, Cauhimalpa
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