Saturday, April 21, 2012

Researching in the Town of Cerreto Guidi, Province of Florence

The website of this town has a great guide to what is found in their "Archivio Storico", a town archives that opened in October of last year, and whose holdings are available for research.  It can be accessed at the link below:

Holdings of the Archivio Storico

They've divided their list of holdings by whether they were created before or after Italian Unification.  Some holdings of particular interest for genealogical researchers are:

Stato Civile ( civil records - birth, marriage, death, citizenship, miscellaneous acts, etc.)
1808-1909 (records after this date are available in their civil records office)

Censimenti (census)
from 1899
(census records are often hard to access so their advertisement of their availability is wonderful)

Anagrafe (registry office records)
from 1910
(This is the office that will prepare State of the Family Certificates when needed for your research.  Their holdings often contain town censuses in addition to the Censimenti)

Leva Militare (military conscription)
from 1865
(These are often found in a separate provincial millitary archives and not usually kept in the town archives)

....and many more types of records.  Check it out!