Did you know that many Italian towns have put (some of) their birth, marriage, military and death records online for public viewing?
Though these records only reflect a small portion of what is officially on the books in Italian archives, they represent a veritable treasure trove of information for those whose ancestors do appear in them. How convenient to look at Italian records from the comfort of your own home (though I must admit that looking at Italian records in Italy is probably a little more fancy!).
These records cover the 19th and 20th centuries, which just about fits in line for the ancestors of many Americans seeking Italian dual citizenship.
Simply visit this website: http://www.antenati.san.beniculturali.it/Le-fonti-degli-Archivi-di-Stato (Gli Archivi per la Ricerca Genealogica) and click the region of choice or "Sfoglia" at the top menu to get started.
You can even carry out a search by name for the following Archivi di Stato:
Bari, Bergamo, Caltanissetta, Campobasso, Cremona, Forlì-Cesena, Genova, Grosseto, Imperia, L'Aquila, Mantova, Modena, Mondovì (Cuneo), Napoli, Pescara, Prato, Ragusa, Reggio Calabria, Rieti, Savona, Taranto, Udine, Urbino, Viterbo
Happy searching! Let me know what you find.
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