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  • Parish Registers

Foto 2 - Archivi parrocchialiDue to their tradition in preserving even very ancient documents, parish archives are the main source for any genealogic research. In 1563 the Council of Trento obliged all churches to file into their registers every baptism, wedding and death.

 

Foto 3 - Archivi parrocchiali

Such filings, once very basic (at the beginning the name of the mother was not even mentioned), became with the time more and more detailed and these details greatly help us today to track, for every family member, an exhaustive biographic profile. Generally, parish registers have been duly updated and preserved even when wars, fires and natural events have sometimes jeopardized their preservation status.