Catholic parish records from Italy are harder to find online, but the parish records often extend much farther back than Italian civil records. Ever since the Council of Trento decided in that parish priests should keep a record of the baptisms, marriages, and deaths of all their parishioners, faithful clergy have been keeping these records.
In every city, town, village or hamlet in Italy that has a parish, the Catholic Church has kept a record of the births, deaths, and marriages of almost every Italian since at least the early s. Since most early Italian families did not often move to other places, you can often find four centuries of Italian genealogy and family history in one parish.
As mentioned, limited Italian Catholic parish records are available online. You can find some of these records by searching the FamilySearch catalog , but more records may be available at some family history centers, since not all have been digitized yet. Learn more about finding Italian church records on the FamilySearch wiki. Want to learn more about your Italian roots? Italian Heritage. Italy Emigration. Italian Last Names. Italian Dual Citizenship.
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