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Italian Genealogy and Surnames
Italian Genealogy and Surnames

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To be able to do effective searches, it is necessary to know how the Italian archives which record documents with the information of our ancestors created by clerical and governmental organizations are organized. UPDATED!!

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Italian Military Records - Lists of Leva and Ruoli Matricolari

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More than 30,000 surnames currently used in Italy. Most of those surnames have a foreign origin, as for instance, HASSAN, an Arabian last name.
With every surname, you’ll find an access to external links containing information about them: where the surname is geographically located in Italy, how it’s distributed into provinces; its meaning, its origin and its coat of arms (in the case of having one).
There’s also an interesting point about misspelled surnames because of immigration issues. You’ll find in this list several variations of the same surname.
Actually, we’re working on uploading more surnames on this database.

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Currently based in Italy, many associations of genealogists and archivists projects are focused on saving its heritage preserved in Italian parishes, which is in serious danger of deterioration. Thus, many volunteers are taking data from these books and loading them up to the web.
There are also initiatives from individuals, who transcript all births, marriages, deaths, censuses and documents from civil acts conserved in several Italian communes. There are also another projects such as that of Family Search or Ancestry or projects of Italian state archives.
Here’s a list of these projects, grouped by Italian regions:
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