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A census is a count and description of the population. Various governments of Italy and some ecclesiastical officials have taken censuses at different times, mostly for taxation purposes.
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''[[Italy|Italy]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Italy Census|Census]]''
  
Italian census records do not provide as much information as census records of other countries. Church records and civil registration records are usually better sources for Italy. Census records, however, can be valuable because they list much of the population, and they can provide certain information if other records are incomplete or missing.
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A census is a count and description of the population. Various governments of Italy and some ecclesiastical officials have taken censuses at different times, mostly for taxation purposes.  
  
A record called the '''stato delle anime''' is similar to a census. See the "[[Italy Church Records|Church Records]]" section of this outline for more information.
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Italian census records do not provide as much information as census records of other countries. Church records and civil registration records are usually better sources for Italy. Census records, however, can be valuable because they list much of the population, and they can provide certain information if other records are incomplete or missing.  
  
=== Understanding the Census ===
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A record called the '''stato delle anime''' is similar to a census. See the "[[Italy Church Records|Church Records]]" section of this article for more information.  
The first census of Italy was taken in 1871. Since then, a census has been taken every 10 years.
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You will generally find more complete family information in censuses taken from 1911 to the present. The censuses contain the following information:
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=== Understanding the Census  ===
  
* '''1871–1901.''' These censuses are of limited use and are not uniform in content. In most regions, the census named only the head of household, his occupation, and the number of persons in the house.
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The first census of Italy was taken in 1871. Since then, a census has been taken every 10 years.  
* '''1911 and later.''' These censuses list the names, ages, occupations, relationships to the head of the household, and birthplaces of each member of a household.
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Use census information with caution, however, since the information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or a neighbor. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsified.
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You will generally find more complete family information in censuses taken from 1911 to the present. The censuses contain the following information:
  
===Availability of Census Records===
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*'''1871–1901.''' These censuses are of limited use and are not uniform in content. In most regions, the census named only the head of household, his occupation, and the number of persons in the house.  
Census records up to 1991 are held in the state archive of each province. Census records from 1911 or 1921 to 1991 are also usually found in each comune’s anagrafe (register’s office). The availability to the public differs from comune to comune.
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*'''1911 and later.''' These censuses list the names, ages, occupations, relationships to the head of the household, and birthplaces of each member of a household.
  
The Family History Library has the census records of one Italian province on microfilm. You can find it by looking in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
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Use census information with caution, however, since the information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or a neighbor. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsified.
  
''ITALY, PARMA- CENSUS''
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=== Availability of Census Records ===
  
===Also See==
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Census records up to 1991 are held in the state archive of each province. Census records from 1911 or 1921 to 1991 are also usually found in each comune’s anagrafe (register’s office). The availability to the public differs from comune to comune.
[[Italy Sicilian Riveli Records|Sicilian Riveli Records]]
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[[Category:Italy]]
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The Family History Library has the census records of one Italian province on microfilm. You can find it by looking in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
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ITALY, PARMA- CENSUS
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=== Also See  ===
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[[Italy Sicilian Riveli Records|Sicilian Riveli Records]]
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[http://italygen.com/italiangenealogicalrecords/censuses.php Italian Census Records Online]
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{{Place|Italy}}
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Revision as of 03:13, 11 March 2013

Italy Gotoarrow.png Census

A census is a count and description of the population. Various governments of Italy and some ecclesiastical officials have taken censuses at different times, mostly for taxation purposes.

Italian census records do not provide as much information as census records of other countries. Church records and civil registration records are usually better sources for Italy. Census records, however, can be valuable because they list much of the population, and they can provide certain information if other records are incomplete or missing.

A record called the stato delle anime is similar to a census. See the "Church Records" section of this article for more information.

Understanding the Census

The first census of Italy was taken in 1871. Since then, a census has been taken every 10 years.

You will generally find more complete family information in censuses taken from 1911 to the present. The censuses contain the following information:

  • 1871–1901. These censuses are of limited use and are not uniform in content. In most regions, the census named only the head of household, his occupation, and the number of persons in the house.
  • 1911 and later. These censuses list the names, ages, occupations, relationships to the head of the household, and birthplaces of each member of a household.

Use census information with caution, however, since the information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or a neighbor. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsified.

Availability of Census Records

Census records up to 1991 are held in the state archive of each province. Census records from 1911 or 1921 to 1991 are also usually found in each comune’s anagrafe (register’s office). The availability to the public differs from comune to comune.

The Family History Library has the census records of one Italian province on microfilm. You can find it by looking in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:

ITALY, PARMA- CENSUS

Also See

Sicilian Riveli Records

Italian Census Records Online