Sunday, January 26, 2014

Italian Civil Registration Records

List of most recently added Italian records on
(Current as of March, 2014)
Find an Indexing Project at
You're in luck if your ancestors were Italian! Under an agreement with the Italian state archives (Direzione Generale per gli Archivi) signed in 2011, FamilySearch has been microfilming and publishing civil registration records from Italy. When the project is complete, all birth, marriage, and death records from 1802 to 1940 will be available online at 

Millions of unindexed images have already been released. Go to and click on the [Search] tab and select [Records]. Scroll down to select [Continental Europe] from the list of geographies, then click on [Italy].  You can't search for an ancestor by typing a name in a search box, but you can find the town records and scroll through images by year and record type. Until all the records are indexed, you will need to know your ancestor's home town and province in order to find records.

To see what records are being indexed, go to and click on [Find a Project]. Search for Italy, and you'll see what projects are in process, and which ones are complete (and can be searched by name).

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