Italy, Catania, Diocesi di Caltagirone, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Catania, Sicily, Italy
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1502-1942
Languages: Italian
Title in the Language: Italia, Catania, Camarda, Diocesi di Caltagirone, Registri Parrocchiali, 1502-1942
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Caltagirone Diocese Archives, Caltagirone, Italy


What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of images of baptisms, marriages, and deaths from the Diocese of Caltagirone (Diocesi di Caltagirone), Catania, Italy. Also includes confirmations (cresime); church censuses (status animarum); orphan's records (proietti); children's deaths (defunti bambini); and marriage supplemental documents (allegati di matrimonio). Availability of records is largely dependent on time period and locality. The collection covers the years 1502 to 1942.

Reading These Records

These records are in Italian. For help reading these records see the following guides:

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Italy, Catania, Diocesi di Caltagirone, Catholic Church Records, 1502-1942.

Collection Content

For details about the contents of these records, their history, and help using them see the wiki article: Italy Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).

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  • The name of the person you are looking for
  • The approximate date of the event

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  3. Select Record Type and Year to view the images.

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the age of the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records indexes in the country
  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, either Civil Registration records or Church Records may be more useful
  • While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
  • Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation

Record Finder

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"Italy, Catania, Diocesi di Caltagirone, Catholic Church Records, 1502-1942." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Archivio di Diocesi di Caltagirone, Caltagirone (Caltagirone Diocese Archives, Caltagirone).
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