Thursday, July 19, 2012

National Archives of Italy &

I don't have any Italian ancestors, but I thought this was a very exciting break through with Italian records and documents. I was reading about this on itself and then today Dick Eastman's email came in with some of the same informaiton.  

"FamilySearch launched a historic partnership with the National Archives of Italy in December 2011 to digitally preserve and index its civil registration records (birth, marriage, and death) for all states from 1802 to 1940. Since the project launch more than 24 million images have been published, and 4 million names have been made searchable on FamilySearch

But there are 115 million historic Italian documents with over 500...But there are 115 million historic Italian documents with over 500 million names remaining to index and publish. Tens of thousands of volunteers are needed. To meet this opportunity, FamilySearch is requesting help from indexers and arbitrators who speak or read Italian or a closely related language, such as Spanish, or who are willing to learn a handful of simple Italian words and phrases to help facilitate the initiative.

To search the completed Italian records online and to learn more about reading Italian records, visit FamilySearch - Italy."

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