Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Family in Italian Civil Marriage Records (Part 5)

Roslyn was able to quickly track down the date of her paternal grandparents' marriage  (Nicola Torella and Pasquala D'Onofrio) by searching the indexes of the years before their first known child was born. In this 1863 marriage index for the village of Pietrabbondante, Italy, the marriages are arranged by groom's surname and show the name of the bride, the names of the groom's parents,  the day and month of the marriage, and the record number.  Roslyn was able to quickly track down the date of her paternal grandparents' marriage (Nicola Torella and Pasquala D'Onofrio) by searching the indexes of the years before their first known child was born. In this 1863 marriage index for the village of Pietrabbondante, Italy, the marriages are arranged by groom's surname and show the name of the bride, the names of the groom's parents, the day and month of the marriage, and the record number.

This month we are exploring Italian civil marriage records. Of all the civil records available, it is my opinion that these can be the most challenging to research and translate. However, they are also very valuable in terms of the genealogical information you can obtain from them. Like the other civil records we have explored, marriage records date back to the reign of Napoleon and can begin as early as 1809 in some communities.

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