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Cosenza has done it again. Researching your family history has never been easier as you now don’t have to leave the comfort of your home to trace that elusive ancestor.
Cosenza has been busy over the last few years putting their Civil Records online using a combination of extractions and images and now they have put the Catasto’s online for all the Comuni in Cosenza. For many researchers this is a dream come true as they are often the first documented records of the residents of any town available next to Church records.
The Catasto Onciario were records of taxes paid by the commoners of a comune to the City and list all items in their possession at they time. This is what the taxes were based on and were taken in the mid 1700’s. They also list any servants living on the property at the time.
Hopefully other provinces in Italy will follow this example and do the same.
If you’re looking for vital records from Cosenza Province in Calabria then make sure you check out the Cosenza Archive site . The records and image extractions available range from 1800 -1900. They also provide access to actual images of births acts, marriage acts and WW1 Draft Registration Cards. Not only do you have the option to view many records from the site but you can also save copies to your desktop (for personal research as they are watermarked) or you can order an actual hard copy of the image from the archive.
I was able to trace 11 generations of my family using the information on the site. It was very easy to use and offered several search options *but* be careful of transcription errors – there are plenty. The site is updated frequently with new images and information being added weekly – I always find something new when I log on. I love the fact that the sources are also listed on each extracted piece which makes sourcing the data in your files that much easier.
If you haven’t registered to use the site, then you should do so now. Activation can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. I was lucky – I was allowed access within 10 minutes of registering and now find myself a regular visitor there.
Let me know what you think….