Italy, Trento, Diocesi di Trento, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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 Title in the Language of the Record

Italia, Provincia di Trento, Trento Diocesi, Chiesa cattolica Records

Record Description

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Baptisms, marriages, marriage banns, and burials were all recorded in register books in the individual parishes where the events occurred. If a bride and groom were from different parishes, the marriage banns were recorded in both parishes. The registers were usually written in Latin, but a few priests chose to write in Italian or a dialect. The records are handwritten mostly in formatted records. Many parish registers also have indexes, although older records are indexed by the Latinized version of the first name. 

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Dioceci di Trento, Italia. Italy, Trento Province, Trento Diocese, baptism records. Curia Arcivescovile di Trento, Italy.

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Record Content

Key information found in baptism records include:

  • First and last names of the person who was baptized
  • Name of the father and first name of the mother (maiden name is listed occasionally)
  • Date of baptism (birth date listed occasionally)
  • Place of the baptism
  • Child legitimacy
  • Place of residence of all involved
  • Godparents’ names
    Italy Trento Church Records Marriage.jpg

Key information found in marriage records include:

  • First and last names of the betrothed
  • Betrothed’s marital status
  • Betrothed’s legitimacy
  • Parents’ names of the betrothed (the mother’s maiden name is normally given)
  • Date of marriage
  • Place of the marriage
Key information found in death records include:
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  • First and last names of the person who died
  • Deceased legitimacy
  • Name of the father and first name of the mother (maiden name is listed occasionally)
  • Date of death
  • Name of spouse if the person was married
  • Place of the death
  • Age of the person at time of death 

How to Use the Records

Parish registers are the best source of information for ancestors who lived in Italy before civil registration began. The parish registers list the date and place of a person’s baptism, marriage, and death. You may also find that the details included on birth and marriage records about a person’s parents can help you extend your lineage. Use the place information included in all the entries to begin researching other records you may need.

Record History

The Trento Diocese was created sometime in the Second Century and in June of 1929 was elevated to archdiocese. The history of the church registration goes back to the time after the death of Pope Clemente VII, when 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 each parishioner’s baptism, marriage, and death. 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 will have records dating from this time if the register books have survived. Copies of these records were not regularly sent to the diocese until about 1900, so most parishes will have their records stored at the parish church. Occasionally the original register was deposited in the diocesan archive.

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"Italy, Trento Province, Trento Diocese, Church Records, 1523-1923," index and images, FamilySearch ( accessed 28 June 2012), Carlina Fortunata Martini, born 19 February 1848; citing Dioceci di Trento, Italia. Italy, Trento Province, Trento Diocese, baptism records. Curia Arcivescovile di Trento, Italy.

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