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Italian Genealogical Records: How to Use Italian Civil, Ecclesiastical & Other Records in Family History Research [Hardcover]

Trafford R Cole
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Sept. 1 1995
Filled with practical advice that will help anyone obtain the information they seek through Italian records, Italian Genealogical Records is a comprehensive guide to the complexities and nuances of what could otherwise be a daunting task. In this book, the author discusses the history and development of Italian record keeping, providing reproductions of typical records and a complete translation and thorough explanation of each. Among the many other topics covered in this book are the significance of Italian surnames and the relevance of Italian noble families in the search for Italian ancestors.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This Is It! Jan. 30 2003
For those of you in search of your Italian heritage need look no further. Everything you need is right here in this relatively cheap book written by, get this, a non-Italian! Whether you just want to get your grandparents birth records from the 1890's or go all the way back to the 1700's to get your 5th great grandparents marriage record, this book will tell you how, in easy step by step instructions. Can't read or write in Italian? Mr. Cole's book does that for you, too. Don't know your Italian history? Guess what? Mr. Cole does, and he shares it with you in his book.
There are many illustrations of actual Italian records from the 1800's to going back almost 1000 years, and he explains what each is and what the records say. This author covers the history of surnames as well.
With the information in this book, it would be virtually impossible for someone who's ancestors were Italian not to discover their heritage.
I strongly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT Jan. 28 2003
This is a truly outstanding work. Well-written, fcat filled, concise, orderly. Dr. Cole covers all the important topics very well. If you buy just one book on Italian genealogy, this is the one.
Using just this book, a subscription to POINT journal, an Italian dictionary, and a Latin dictionary I was able to go through the LDS films of my grandfather's ancestral town and in a few months easily trace most of his lines back to the 1500s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book May 17 2013
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The book is a little dated but still extremely useful for genealogists researching their Italian roots. This book will give you guidance on writing to Italy for records, places to look in Italy for records besides the anagrafe or archivio di stato. The book is also a guide for translating older civil records. A great history of Italy in provided as is a guide to Italian surnames. There are lots of little jewels such as writing to a Questura for an ancestor's passport. I think this is a must have for someone researching their Italian family.
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