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Guide to '''Bologna province ancestry, family history and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.
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'''Most of your genealogical research for Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, will be in two main record types: civil registration (''registri dello stato civile'') and church records (''registri ecclesiastici''). This article will teach you methods for locating and searching these two record groups.'''
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==History ==
 
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==Locating Town of Origin in Italy==
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. A few records are indexed, but many records will require going directly to photocopied local records, which are only available by town name. 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 Gathering Information to Locate Place of Origin|'''Italy Gathering Information to Locate Place of Origin''']] to learn how to search for the Italian place of origin in United States records.<br>
==Civil Registration (''registri dello stato civile'')==
*'''Civil registration''' records (registri dello stato civile) are government records of births, marriages, and deaths.
=== 1. Online Digital Records for Civil Registration ===
For some localities, digital copies of civil registration can be searched online:*'''1866-1942''' - {{RecordSearch|1946817|Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1942|access=browse}}, free, browseable browsable images. Records will eventually be indexed online.*'''1866-1943''' - {{RecordSearch|1947797|Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1943|access=browse}},free, browseable browsable images. Records will eventually be indexed online.
'''"Nati"''' are births. '''"Matrimoni"''' and '''"allegati"''' are marriages. ''' "Morti"''' are deaths. '''"Indici decennali"''' is the 10-year index.
=== 2. Microfilm or Digital Copies of Civil Registration Records Searched at a Family History Center in the FamilySearch Catalog ===
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'''There are many microfilmed records available but not included in the online collections above. Also digitized records are being added directly to the catalog without appearing in FamilySearch Historical Records listings.''' Currently, they all microfilms are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a [https://familysearch.org/locations/ '''Family History Center'''] near you. '''To find a microfilmrecord:'''
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:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=112134&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Italy%2C%20Bologna%22 '''records for Italy, Bologna'''].
:::d. Click on '''"Civil Registration"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
:::e. Choose the correct '''event and time period''' for your ancestor.
:::f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. [[File:FHL icons.png|75px]]. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm. The microfilm icon indicates it is only available on microfilm and can be viewed at the Family History Library and some family history centers.
===3. Writing for Civil Registration Certificates===
If the records are not online or microfilmed, civil registration records in Italy can be obtained by writing to the local civil registry. This is also necessary for more recent records. Recent records are covered by privacy laws, so they are not released for microfilm or online. But relatives are allowed request them for genealogy. Civil officials will generally answer correspondence in Italian. Your request may be forwarded if the records have been sent to the tribunale or the provincia. <br>
Use [http://www.comuni-italiani.it/037/indirizzi.html '''Address list for municipalities of Bologna''']<br>Format for address for local office: use this address as a guide, replacing the information in parentheses:<br> '''Address for local office:'''<br>
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*Reason for the request (family history or medical).
*Request for a complete extract of the record
*International reply coupon, available from large post offices (optional).
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*To learn more about church records, see [[Italy Church Records|'''Italy Church Records''']].
=== 1. Digital Online Digital Records for and Microfilm Church Records ===For some localities, digital copies of Catholic church records can be searched online. Currently in the church records for Bologna are notavailable online. === 2. Microfilm Copies of Church Records Searched at a Family History Center FamilySearch Catalog ===
There are some microfilmed records available. Currently, they are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a [https://familysearch.org/locations/ '''Family History Center'''] near you. To find a microfilm:
:::e. Choose the correct '''event and time period''' for your ancestor. '''"Battesimi"''' are infant baptisms, which are used for birth information. '''"Matrimoni"''' are marriages. ''' "Morti"''' are deaths.
:::f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. [[File:FHL icons.png|75px]]. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm. The microfilm icon indicates it is only available on microfilm and can be viewed at the Family History Library and some family history centers.
=== 32. Writing to a Catholic Priest for Church Records ===
Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by contacting or visiting local parish or diocese archives in Italy. Italy has no single repository of church records. Write your request in Italian whenever possible. '''''This method is not always reliable. Officials might or might not respond.'''''
*Reason for the request (family history or medical).
*Request for a complete extract of the record
*International reply coupon, available from large post offices (optional).
==Reading the Records==
*Online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:
:*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-italian-handwritten-records-lesson-1-the-italian-alphabet/18 {{LearningCenter2|87|'''Reading Italian Handwritten Records Lesson 1: Italian Letters''']}}:*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-italian-handwritten-records-lesson-2-words-and-phrases/19 {{LearningCenter2|88|'''Reading Italian Handwritten Records Lesson 2: Words and Phrases''']}}:*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-italian-handwritten-records-lesson-3-reading-italian-records/20 {{LearningCenter2|89|'''Reading Italian Handwritten Records Lesson 3: Reading Italian Records''']}}. In this lesson, you will explore several types of Italian genealogical records, including birth, baptismal, marriage, and death records.:*[https://familysearchscript.orgbyu.edu/learningcenterPages/lessonItalian/italian-script-tutorialen/93 welcome.aspx '''Italian Script Tutorial''']:*[[Italian Birth Document Translation]] :*[[Italian Marriage Document Translations]]:*[[Italian Civil Death Document Translation]]
== Tips for Finding Your Ancestor in the Records ==
===Civil Registration Tips===
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