Italy, Waldensian Evangelical Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Records

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Collection Time Period

This collection of Waldensian Church records covers the years 1632-1969.

Record Description

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.

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Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

“Italy Waldensian Evangelical Church Records,” database, FamilySearch; from Archivio Storico della Tavola Valdese. “Italy, WaldensianEvangelical Church records.” Archivio Storico Tavola Valdese di Torre Pellice, Italy. FHL digital folders. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

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Record Content

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Italy, Waldesian Ev. Church Records (10-0499) (10-0733) (11-0237) Baptism DGS 4694793 12 13.jpg

The key genealogical facts found in most baptism records include the following:

  • Place of baptism
  • Name of the child
  • Date of birth
  • Date of baptism
  • Parents’ names
  • Godparents’ names
Italy, Waldesian Ev. Church Records (10-0499) (10-0733) (11-0237) Marriage DGS 4694793 97 98.jpg

The key genealogical facts found in most marriage records include the following:

  • Place of marriage
  • Groom’s and bride’s names
  • ages
  • statuses
  • Parents’ names on both sides
  • Witnesses’ names
Italy, Waldesian Ev. Church Records (10-0499) (10-0733) (11-0237) Burial DGS 4694793 185 186.jpg

The key genealogical facts found in most burial records include the following:

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

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Record History

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.

Why the Record Was Created

Each parish kept a record of events such as baptism, marriage, and death in the life of their members.

Record Reliability

These church records are reliable and an important source for family history.

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Italy, Waldensian Evangelical Church Record, 1679-1940," database and digital images, FamilySearch ( accessed 1 May 2012), Genova > Genova > Genova > Morti 1854 > image 3 of 16, Joseph Bruschi, died 30 July 1954; citing Archivio Storico della Tavola Valdese, “Italy, Waldensian Evangelical Church records.” Archivio Storico Tavola Valdese di Torre Pellice, Italy. FHL digital folders. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.