Italy, Pola and Trieste, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Italy, Pola and Trieste, Catholic Church Records, 1593-1941
This article describes a collection of records at
Pola and Trieste Provinces, Italy
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Record Description
Record Type: Church
Collection years: 1593-1941
Languages: Italian, Latin
Title in the Language: Italia, Pola e Trieste, Registri Parrocchiali, 1593-1941
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Private collection of Professor Mario Stell, Italy

What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of parish registers of baptisms, marriages and deaths for selected parishes from the Provinces of Pola and Trieste, Italy. The Province of Pola was an Italian province between the years of 1923 through 1945. Localities from the Province of Pola are in the modern-day countries of Slovenia and Croatia.

This collection contains records from the following localities within the Province of Pola:

  • Buie (Buje, Croatia)
  • Cittanova d'Istria (Novigrad, Croatia)
  • Isola d'Istria (Izola, Slovenia)
  • Materada (Materada, Croatia)
  • Pirano (Piran, Slovenia)
  • Portole (Oprtalj, Croatia)
  • Verteneglio (Brtonigla, Croatia)

The collection also contains records from the following localities within the Province of Trieste: *Guardiella

  • Muggia
  • Prosecco
  • Trieste

Images may be out of chronological order. Availability of records largely depends on time period and location.

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. Italian Data Privacy rules prohibit making certain records publicly available for viewing. This includes birth records under 110 years old, and marriage or death records under 70 years old. The Italy, Pola and Trieste, Catholic Church Records are available to the Family History Library, FamilySearch Centers, and to members of the supporting organization. The images are also available to all viewers at The Portale Antenati (Ancestors Portal).

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, Pola and Trieste, Catholic Church Records, 1593-1941.

Collection Content

For additional details about these records and help using them see Italy Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).

How Do I Search This Collection?

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  1. Select Province
  2. Select Comune or Frazione (Municipality or Fraction)
  3. Select Parish
  4. Select Event Type and Yearto view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

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

  • Use the age in 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

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Italy.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Italia, Pola e Trieste, Registri Parrocchiali, 1593-1941." Images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Private collection of Professor Mario Stell, Italy.
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