|So you are no more a legend |
Great job, indeed . I thought the number of records was equivalent to the number of ancestors and siblings, so I was very surprised . Like I said, I need to work hard yet, but in same case I arrived to the end of XVI century, and often in XVII; despite that I'm "only" at 1200-1300 individuals, and I didn't realize how you was able to reach such a result living in U.S.A. (the documents you can consult on-line or by microfilm are only a little part of what you can find living near your ancestor's towns!).
Thanks for explanations.
I have been trying to gain access to church records in both Corato (BA) and San Giorgio Albanese (CS), but so far I have not been able to obtain any info [Just like I said above, unfortunately for you]. Supposedly the church records for San Giorgio Megalomartire are destroyed [are you sure? Not all the Priests are interested in having genealogists around them! Say your cousin to try again ] as my cousin went there with her Father (a native) some years back. I have also visited with the Parrochio di San Domenico in Corato and I was told to contact the Chiesa Matrice for documents prior to 1900 ---- so far they have never sent me any requested info (I made a personal visit with my request).....I have also written to the Diocese Archives in Barletta who replied (email), but never delivered any requested info [You need someone near Corato who can carry out the work for you!]. According to the "l'Ufficio di stato civile in Corato, his records commence in 1809 (same as the FHC) [Possible], so while he has been very helpful, he claims he has no prior data available and I must get Church records. It seems that I have hit a brick wall. I have some info from the Catastatini which lists some people with my surname, but there is no way to connect them with anyone.
And, even though I have not yet made connections to all the names I have extracted (and I believe that all people with a common surname do have a common ancestor if you trace it back far enough, especially in the same town [Not always: sometimes it's possible that two identical surnames are not related, even in the same town ] ), I am related to many of them as it seems there were always many children (and of course high death rates) born back then --- it has not been uncommon to see 6 - 8 children per family. In my Father's case (born in 1903), he had 4 "1/2" siblings from my Grandparents 1st marriage and 4 full blood siblings (and they all died)[/b]
|Luca, I am curious now. What kind of information can you obtain locally in Italy?|
| If I hired someone I was wondering if it would be worth the cost.|
Your English is very good, please do not be afraid to use it with the group --- in most cases I am sure that you speak and write in English much better than we do in Italian.
Thank you . The main problem is that to write in English I spent a lot of time (more than writing in italian, of course!) and I prefere using it to help you with manuscripts (really difficult for non-italians) that whit traslations (everyone can do it with a online dictionary!)
You have really peaked my interest. I have been able to trace my ancestors back to my "Il Padre di mio Trisavolo" [GGG-Grandfather} who was born sometime around 1750 (I found his Atto di Morte and calculated back). Where might I find some more info about him and perhaps his parents, aside from Church Records?
Church Records are the most simple way to create your family tree! As I said
Church Records aren't the only documents, but the simplest to find for you (thanks to FHC, above all)
Another goal would be to try and determine how long my Paternal Ancestors have lived in Corato and if they migrated there from somewhere else. Any ideas as to what records I might try to obtain?
For years earlier than 1850 you should try with "Stati delle Anime" a sort of census drawed up from priests every Easter. You must search in "The Archivio Diocesano" of Corato or the nearest Diocese
I might be able to get some local assistance in Corato from my family [they all think that I am crazy in looking for this information, but they like to read my family trees and records I give them;-)]. Good
I am assuming that the Anime is a civil record
[b]Stato delle Anime is a Church record...
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