Italy Family History & Genealogy Articles
- Calendar Changes in Christendom
In 1582, following instructions from Pope Gregory XIII, European countries began changing their calendars. The first day of the year was moved from 25 March to 1 January and specific numbers of days were dropped to correct lags accumulated during the Middle Ages. Certain countries rebelled and refused to make adjustments for decades and even centuries.
- Expand Your Horizons: International Research Guides
Free online guides, created by employees at the Family History Library.
- Global Batch Numbers for the “International Genealogical Index”
The “International Genealogical Index” (IGI), produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), is without doubt the most comprehensive resource for genealogists worldwide. In order to reap the greatest benefits from this compilation, researchers must understand how this database was created.
- The Global Civil Registration Timeline
Civil registration, or government-mandated recording of births, marriages, and deaths, began in France under the rule of Napoleon. This useful idea spread throughout the Western World during the century that followed.
- Italian Allegati: Fast Lane to the Past
In a little over five hours, the author discovered the names of 17 ancestors of an Italian-American immigrant. What’s his secret? – Italian marriage allegations.
- Localize Your Surname with Distribution Maps
Genealogists and various organizations in Europe and North America have produced maps that make learning about your surnames fun!
- One-Place Studies
Imagine how exciting it would be if, after discovering the birthplace of an ancestor, you learned some dedicated soul had taken the time to sort out all of the families in your ancestor’s community. Think how much time it would save you! Administrators of one-place studies do just that.
- Tips for Using Italian Civil Vital Records
Tracing Italian ancestry is both rewarding and exciting research. As Italian-American genealogists quickly discover, Italy has historically kept more detailed biographical information on its citizens than the United States. Italian civil vital records are one example of their record- keeping superiority.