"An exciting new initiative is making Italian ecclesiastical records more easily available and found. The website is called La Memoria dei Sacramenti and is an interdiocese initiative to preserve these records and record where the original records can be found.
This is not a digitization project but rather a portal through which to find what records are available for a particular parish, gain permission to research the records on-site, or through which to order extracts, certified copies, or digital images of the documents. Additionally, each one of the registers will be indexed by name and you can perform a search of the database for your ancestor's records.
The website also provides a means of searching for parishes and civil jurisdictions (pre-1901) by the name of a particular town which may help you narrow down what parishes may need to be searched.
Still in the beginning stages, there is much work to do. Currently, five regions have records within their database:
- Liguria (currently only the province of Genova)
- Sicilia (currently only the province of Enna)
- Toscana (currently the provinces of Arezzo, Firenze, Grosseto, Livorno, Pisa, and Siena)
- Sardegna (currently only the province of Cagliari)
- Veneto (currently only the province of Vicenza)"
This site can now be found at: La Memoria dei Sacramenti This appears to be a website they used before moving to the one referenced in 2013. However, there appears to be new entries.
Excitingly, some of these records are now being indexed and the indexes placed online! However, most just tell you what is in a parish's collection and where to find it. This can be a valuable resource in itself. An example of one of the entries listing available records is:
Abbadia di Gracciano - S. Pietro
1644-1645 (2 unità)
1647-1651 (5 unità)
1657-1658 (2 unità)
1731-1732 (2 unità)
1740-1741 (2 unità)
1796-1802 (7 unità)
1804-1810 (7 unità)
A list of available parishes by town can be found here.
A list of available parishes by diocese can be found here.