Preserving History in the Midst of Natural Disaster

February 20, 2013

The small city of L’Aquila, Italy, shook during a large earthquake on April 6, 2009. As the epicenter of the earthquake, much of the L’Aquila area was destroyed, and many were killed. The walls and roof of the L’Aquila archive collapsed on its ancient records, and the archivists rushed in during the aftershocks to save them. The archivists felt an urgency to preserve the records and partnered with FamilySearch to digitally preserve and index the records online. You can help preserve the L’Aquila records. When downloading a batch to index at FamilySearch.org/indexing, look for the current project Italia (Antenati Italiani), L'Aquila e Rieti—Stato Civile 1809–1828 [Parte1].

These interesting facts pertain to the L’Aquila project:
• The L’Aquila project includes birth, marriage, and death records.
• The project’s records range from 1809 to 1865.
• With every birth record, you will also find a baptism record.

One of the more difficult fields in this record is the surnames, particularly the mother’s last name. There are many helpful resources available for this project on familysearch.org/Italian-ancestors. The Italian Surnames by Region is a great tool to help you find and compare the correct surname spelling. When using this tool for the L’Aquila project, choose Abruzzi for the correct region and spelling.

Current and Completed Projects

To view a list of currently available indexing projects, along with their record language and completion percentage, visit the FamilySearch indexing updates page. To learn more about individual projects, view the FamilySearch projects page.

New Projects Added

• U.S., Indiana, Warrick—County Marriages, 1811–1959
• Argentina, Paraná—Registros Parroquiales, 1789–1921
• Canada, Ontario—Marriages, 1869–1927 [Part D]
• U.S. (Community Project), New York—New York Passenger Lists, 1942–1957 [Part C]
• U.S.—Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933 [Part E]
• U.S., Ohio—County Births, 1856–1956 [Part C]
• U.S. (Community Project), New York—New York Passenger Lists, 1942–1957 [Part A]
• Chile—Registros Civiles, 1885–1932 [Parte A]
• U.S., Indiana, Vermillion—County Marriages, 1811–1959
• U.S., Maine—Delayed Returns for Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1670–1891
• Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3BB]
• Deutschland, Mecklenburg-Schwerin—1867 Volkszählung [Teil C]
• Perú, Cusco—Nacimientos Civiles, 1888–1995 [ Parte A]
• Italia (Antenati Italiani), Cremona—Nati, 1875–1902
• Italia (Antenati Italiani), Bergamo—Nati, 1876–1900
• Portugal, Portalegre—Registros da Igreja Católica, 1870–1911 [Parte1]
• Jamaica—Civil Marriages and Deaths, 1871–1995 [Part B]
• New Zealand—Immigration Passenger Lists 1871-1915 [Part 2E]
• Italia (Antenati Italiani), Pesaro e Urbino—Nati, 1885–1902 [Parte 2]
• U.S. (Community Project), New York—New York Passenger Lists, 1942–1957 [Part B]
• U.S., Vermont—Vital Records, 1760–1954 [Part F]
• Italia (Antenati Italiani), Udine—Nati, 1875–1901 [Parte 2B]
• Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3AA]
• Italia (Antenati Italiani), Taranto—Nati, 1884–1900 [Parte 3]
• Italia (Antenati Italiani), Pescara—Nati, 1875–1902 [Parte 3]
• U.S., Indiana, Tipton—County Marriages, 1811–1959
• Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3Z]
• U.S. (Community Project), Florida, Tampa—Passenger Lists, 1898–1945 [Part B]
• U.S. (Community Project), Pennsylvania, Philadelphia—Passenger Lists, 1883–1945 [Part B]
• U.S. (Community Project), Maryland—Passenger Lists, 1820–1891
• U.S., California—Death Index, 1905–1939
• U.S., Indiana, Switzerland – County Marriages 1811–1959
• France, Protestant Church Records [Part 2B]
• U.S., New York—1865 State Census
• New Zealand—Passenger Lists, 1871–1915 [Part 2C]
• Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3Y]

View the FamilySearch projects page to see the full list of available projects and to learn more about how to participate in various projects.

Recently Completed Projects

Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process. They will be published at FamilySearch.org in the near future.

• U.S. (Community Project), New England—Passenger Lists and Crew Lists, 1918–1954
• Italia (Antenati Italiani), Caltanissetta—Nati, 1880–1887 [Parte 2]
• Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3L]
• U.S. (Community Project), New York—Naturalization Card Index, 1792–1906 [Part A]
• U.S., Puerto Rico—Censo Federal de 1940
• U.S., Illinois—Pekin Times Obituary Cards, 1914–2007
• U.S., Delaware—Death Certificates, 1955–1961
• Micronesia, Pohnpei—Civil Registration, 1948–2009
• U.S. (Community Project), New York—Naturalization Card Index, 1792–1906 [Part B]
• Italia (Antenati Italiani), Udine—Nati, 1875–1900
• U.S., Illinois, Maywood—Maywood Herald Obituary Card Index, 1885–2002
• Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3M]
• South Africa—Church of the Province of South Africa Baptism Registers, 1850–1914 [Part 1]
• Italia, Napoli, Monte di Procida—Registri Civili, 1817–1929
• U.S. (Community Project), Texas, Eagle Pass—Arrival Manifests, 1905–1953
• U.S.—Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933 [Part D]
• U.S., Indiana, Scott—County Marriages, 1811-1959
• U.S., New Jersey—1915 State Census
• U.S., Indiana, Starke County— Marriages 1811–1959
• México, Hidalgo—Registros Bautismales, 1561–1961 [Parte 1]
• U.S., Illinois—County Marriages 1810–1934 [Part C]
• Nederland, Gelderland—geboorten burgelijke stand, 1811–1902
• U.S., Indiana, Shelby County—Marriages 1811–1959
• Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Matrimonios 1900-1910
• Deutschland, Mecklenburg, Schwerin—1867 Volkszählung [Teil B]
• Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3N]
• Italia (Antenati Italiani), Pescara—Nati, 1875–1902 [Parte 2]
• Italia (Antenati Italiani), Cuneo—Nati, 1875–1899 [Parte 2]
• Italia (Antenati Italiani), Udine—Nati, 1875–1901 [Parte 2]
• Canada—Passenger Lists 1881–1922
• U.S., Maine—WW I Card Index of Soldiers by Town, 1917–1919
• Bahamas—Civil Registration, 1850–1959
• Jamaica—Civil Marriages and Deaths, 1871–1995
• Chile—Registros Civiles, 1885–1900 [Part C]
• Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3O]
• Ghana, Western Region, Ahanta—Census, 1982–1984
• Belgium, Limburg, Lommel—Civil Registration, 1808–1890
• U.S., Florida—County Marriages, 1830–1957 [Part C]
• U.S. (Community Project), Washington, Seattle—Passenger Lists, 1890–1957
• Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3Q]
• U.S., Wisconsin—1865 State Census
• Italia (Antenati Italiani), Pesaro e Urbino—Nati, 1875–1884
• U.S., Iowa—County Marriages 1838–1992 [Part C]
• U.S., Ohio—County Marriages, 1790–1950 [Part 3A]

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