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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Italian Ancestors Online Project

The National Archives of Italy (Direzione Generale per gli Archivi) and FamilySearch are involved in a combined effort to digitize Italian Civil Registration records from 1802 through 1941. Italian Civil Registration records are a rich source of vital information containing birth (1802 - 1902), marriage (1802 – 1912), and death (1802 - 1941) records. When completed over 115 million digital images of Italian vital records will be searchable on the Family Search website. Agreement for this effort began in 2011 and the digitizing of records from the National Archives of Italy and from Family Search microfilms and vault records is currently underway. Digitized records are added continually to the Family Search website, http://www.familysearch.org. Indexing of the records for online searches is an ongoing project and Family Search is looking for volunteers to assist the indexing effort. If you are interested in volunteering for this worthwhile and significant project please visit http://www.familysearch.org, and select Volunteer and Indexing. For more information about the digitization project please visit the National Archives of Italy website at http://www.antenati.san.beniculturali.it and the Family Search website at https://familysearch.org/italian-ancestors.1

1"Press Release for Italian Ancestors Project," LoSpecchio 18 (Spring 2013):4. LoSpecchio is the newsletter of the Italian Genealogical Society of America.

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