dimanche 13 mars 2016

Anagrafe della popolazione : a census-like collection

This series includes families civil registers (registri anagrafici). They could also be called Family files (fogli di famiglia). This census-like collection states, for all nuclear family members, their name, address, date and place of birth, as well as their relationship with the head of household. There is, however, a significant difference from a census: the Family file is updated over time as new events are occurring.

The easiest way to search for a family is to obtain the household number by going through the surname index. The household number can then be found at the top of the page of the register.

Do not rely on the file's year indicated on Antenati Website; rather consider it as the earliest date for this family. In the example provided below the year indicated is 1865; none of the family members were born at that date.

Source: Archivio di Stato di Cremona Anagrafe della popolazione del Comune di Cremona Cremona Anagrafe della popolazione 1865 11 Immagine 10

Here is the Tonghini family. The husband and wife were born during the 1880s, they were married in 1912 and their four children were all born by 1919. The parents' names of each individual are indicated—always a precious information for genealogists. The 1921 mention indicates that all individuals were enumerated for that census year.

Let's look at the head of household: Angelo Tonghini was the son of Romeo Tonghini and Caterina Segalini. He was born on April 6, 1881, in Pessina Cremonese, a town in the province of Cremona. Angelo married Olga Pastorini on October 3, 1912, in Cremona. He passed away on September 16, 1920, in Roccabianca (most likely in the province of Parme).

Angelo was survived by his widow and four young children.

These Family files may be consulted at the Anagrafe office in any Italian town. The search must be conducted on site. However, the provinces of Cremona and Potenza have made these files available through the Website of Antenati. Let's hope other provinces will follow their example!

Translated by Diane Tourville.

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