Italy Genealogy

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Guide to Italy ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

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Country Information[edit | edit source]

Italy is a country in Southwestern Europe bordered by France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino, and Vatican City. It became a unified country in 1861. The official language is Italian.[1]

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Getting Started with Italy Research

Links to articles on getting started with Italy research.

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Italy Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Italy research.

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Locating Town of Origin in Italy[edit | edit source]

In order to research your family in Italy, it is essential that you have identified the place where they came from. You must know the city, town, or parish that they came from. It will be difficult to identify the place of origin by going directly to Italy sources. Therefore, you will need to search in United States (or other country of arrival) sources first. See Italy Finding Town of Origin to learn how to search for the Italian place of origin in United States records.

Italy Clickable Map[edit | edit source]

Genealogy records are kept on the state, province, and local level in Italy. Click on a province or use the list of province links under Jurisdictions.

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Jurisdictions[edit | edit source]

Regions[edit | edit source]

Italy is subdivided into 20 regions (regioni, singular regione). Five of these regions have a special autonomous status that enables them to enact legislation on some of their local matters, and are marked by an asterisk (*). It is further divided into 109 provinces (provincie) and 8,101 municipalities (comuni). Records are kept at the town level.

Provinces[edit | edit source]

More Italy Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

Research strategies give guidance on how to research or what records to search for first. Below are additional research strategy Wiki articles for Italy.

More Italy Research Tools[edit | edit source]

Research tools can include resources that assist in locating correct records to search and determining the correct locality to search in. Below are links and Wiki articles to research tools in Italy.

FamilySearch Resources[edit | edit source]

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.

Italy Research Tutorials[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Italy," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 24 March 2016.