Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Annotations in the Margins of Italian Civil Birth Records

We often see annotations in the margins of civil birth records.  These annotations record the child's death and/or marriage.  Did you ever wonder how or if the second original set of these records were annotated?  This second set is held in the Tribunale or District Court for 70 years, then transferred to the Archivio di Stato of the applicable province.

The records of Santeramo in Colle, found on FamilySearch, provides a unique glimpse into the process.  Within their records they have a set of records they titled "Annotazioni di Morti 1866-1900" or Annotations of Death for the years 1866-1900.  These records show the document that the town civil record's office sent to the Tribunale.  From this record you can get not only the person's death date but often their birth date and/or the year and record number of the birth record.  The image below shows the request for annotation of death for a person born in Santeramo in Colle who died in the town of Acquaviva Delle Fonti.