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Posts Tagged ‘WW1’

Albo dei Caduti della Grande Guerra

One of my absolute favourite resources that was only recently published online is the Albo dei Caduti della Grande Guerra which is the list of Italian Soldiers killed in Italy during World War 1. The site is completely written in Italian but is still very easy to navigate if you follow the instructions below.

1. Go to the blue link Cerca negli Albi
2. The list is arranged by groups of provinces. For example 9 is for the Provinces of Reggio Calabria (RC), Catanzaro (CZ) and Cosenza(CS)
3. Click on the blue link Caduti Grande Guerra in the second column.
4. Scroll down and you will get a group of buttons A-Z
5. Click on the first letter of the surname of the person who you are researching.
6. Use the list of names like you would the telephone book (remember to check the page before and after as well and alternative spellings of the surname). This is a great way to see if your surname has changed through the years.

Using this site I was able to locate several missing ancestors and the dates and causes of their deaths. For soldiers killed from Ardore, Reggio Calabria see Calabria Exchange: SEARCHING THE ARDORE WW1 DEATHS DATABASE IN ONE STEP

Cosenza Archives Site

ARCHIVIO DI STATO DI COSENZA

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….

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