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Italy, Waldensian Evangelical Church Records, 1679-1969
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Italy
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Record Description
Record Type: Evangelical Church
Collection years: 1679-1969
Languages: Italian,French
Title in the Language: Italia, Valdesi Records Evangelica Della Chiesa, 1679-1969
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Why Should I Look at This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Waldensian Evangelical Church records for the provinces of Genova and Torino.

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes church records (such as baptisms, marriages, and burials) of the Waldensian Evangelical Church (Chiesa Evangelica Valdese). These records have been digitally captured at the Archivio Tavola Valdese in Torre Pellice, Torino, Italy. Most of the records in this collection are written in French; some are written in Italian.

The Waldensian Evangelical Church is an Italian Protestant denomination that goes back to the Middle Ages. For centuries since its creation, members of the church were harshly persecuted until about 1848, when they were granted legal freedom to worship. Since then, the church has developed and spread through Italy and other countries.

This collection of Waldensian Church records covers the years 1679-1969. Each parish kept a record of events such as baptism, marriage, and death in the life of their members. These church records are reliable and an important source for family history.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

For help reading the French record (most of these are in French) see:

For help reading Italian records see the following guides:

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Italy, Waldensian Evangelical Church Records, 1679-1969.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Baptism

  • Place of baptism
  • Name of the child
  • Date of birth
  • Date of baptism
  • Parents’ names
  • Godparents’ names

Marriage

  • Place of marriage
  • Groom and bride’s names
  • Ages
  • Statuses
  • Parents’ names on both sides
  • Witnesses’ names

Burial

  • Place of death
  • Name of the deceased
  • Age of the deceased
  • Parents’ names
  • Place of burial

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's given name and surname
  • Estimated marriage or birth year
  • Family relationships

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Province (Genova or Torino)
  2. Select Comune or Frazione
  3. Select Church
  4. Select Record Type to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the information to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see the section Citing This Collection for assistance. Save or print a copy of the image

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Italy Civil Registration are also a good substitute when church records of births, marriages, and deaths cannot be found or are unavailable
  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names. Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record; also, it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name
  • Your ancestor may have immigrated to another country. Search the records of nearby areas or Italy Emigration and Immigration records
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
  • New information is constantly being indexed, microfilmed or updated. Periodically check back to see if your ancestor’s records have been added. You can see if the area you’ve been looking in has been recently updated by going to Historical Records Collections. Watch for an asterisk for recently added or updated records

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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