Monday, March 1, 2010

Indice Annuale - Annual Indexes

Anyone familiar with Italian microfilmed civil records will have used these indexes. These are most often found annually at the beginning or end of a register. However, there were also 10-year indexes created which are particularly helpful when searching for multiple offspring of an ancestral couple.

Do you check these indexes when pulling the records of your ancestors? I've used the indexes to clarify a name abbreviated in the text of a document, to verify titles given to family members, and to verify the spelling of surnames. I have even seen children designated as "d'ignoti" or "of unknown parents" in the actual record yet the index gives the name of the child's mother or father.

So, don't overlook this resource. They could be helpful!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Research Plan and Analysis of a Italian Document

The link below shows you an 18th-Century Italian document on which I performed an analysis and prepared a research plan. I hope it helps you grow your research skills!

Analysis of 18th-Century Document and Research Plan

Melanie D. Holtz earns Certified Genealogist credential!

As of 7 January 2010, I am a Certified Genealogist. :) CG and Certified Genealogist are Service Marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants after periodic competency evaluations by the Board.

It was a long and difficult process but well worth the effort!