Archive for March, 2011
Military records are a wonderful way to find out information about a person. Generally the Italian records valuable genealogical information such the name of the person, his age, birth date, place of birth, parents names (mother’s maiden name) and a full physical description of him. More information can be found here: Military & Conscription Records.
Here are some examples of Military Draft Cards and Conscription records.
If you’re ancestors were from Northern Italy and you are looking Military Records from Venezia you may want to give the Archivio di Stato di Venezia search a try. Please note: The site is in Italian.
Old Italian record can be difficult to read at first glance – especially if you have no knowledge of the language or are expecting it to be similar to American records. They can be quite detailed and some, like the marriage record posted courtesy of Cosenza Exchange are completely hand written.
But most Italian vital records are similar to the birth act posted on the right where a standard form is used and the remaining information is filled in as the event occurred. Because these forms were so standard, much of the *important* information is easy to pick out once you know where to look.
There are several great sites available to help you decipher the old handwriting and Family Search even offers a three part online course for this on their site. Each course is between 25 and 30 minutes long and covers
The Italian Alphabet, Italian Words and Phrases and Reading Italian Records.
Another excellent site I really enjoyed going through is
Italian Family Search. There are several examples of vital records and Italian Handwriting sheets available for download and which make a great reference guide.
Family Tree Magazine has named the top 40 Blogs for 2011 as voted on last fall by fellow bloggers. While there were some repeat winners, several new blogs joined the list. The categories this year included Everything Blogs, Cemeteries, Technology Blogs, Heritage Groups, Research Advice, Local & Regional Research, New Blogs and finally My Family History.
The winners this year are as follows:
Congratulations to all this year’s winners!