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Guide to '''Pavia Province ancestry, family history and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.
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Guide to '''Pavia province ancestry, family history and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.
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'''Most of your genealogical research for Pavia, Lombardy  will be in two main record types: civil registration (''registri dello stato civile'') and church records (''registri ecclesiastici''). This article will teach you methods for locating and searching these two record groups.'''
 
'''Most of your genealogical research for Pavia, Lombardy  will be in two main record types: civil registration (''registri dello stato civile'') and church records (''registri ecclesiastici''). This article will teach you methods for locating and searching these two record groups.'''
 
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==History ==
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[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Pavia Pavia Province] (Wikipedia)
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=== City of Pavia===
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In the 12th century Pavia acquired the status of a self-governing commune and in the following centuries Pavia was an important and active town.
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The Battle of Pavia (1525) marks a watershed in the city's fortunes, since by that time, the former cleft between the supporters of the Pope and those of the Holy Roman Emperor had shifted to one between a French party who were allied with the Pope, and a party supporting the Emperor and King of Spain. During the  Italian Wars, Pavia was on the Imperial and Spanish side. The defeat and capture of king Francis I of France during the battle ushered in a period of Spanish occupation which lasted until 1713 at the conclusion of the War of the Spanish Succession. Pavia was then ruled by the Austrians until 1796, when it was occupied by the French army under Napoleon.<br> In 1815, it again came under Austrian administration until the Second War of Italian Independence in 1859 and the unification of Italy one year later.<br>
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[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pavia Pavia] (Wikipedia)
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==Municipalities in Pavia==
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Alagna, Albaredo Arnaboldi, Albonese, Albuzzano, Arena Po, Badia Pavese, Bagnaria, Barbianello, Bascapè, Bastida Pancarana, Battuda, Belgioioso, Bereguardo, Borgarello, Borgo Priolo, Borgo San Siro, Borgoratto Mormorolo, Bornasco, Bosnasco, Brallo di Pregola, Breme, Bressana Bottarone, Broni, Calvignano, Campospinoso, Candia Lomellina, Canevino, Canneto Pavese, Carbonara al Ticino, Casanova Lonati, Casatisma, Casei Gerola, Casorate Primo, Cassolnovo, Castana, Casteggio, Castelletto di Branduzzo, Castello d'Agogna, Castelnovetto, Cava Manara, Cecima, Ceranova, Ceretto Lomellina, Cergnago, Certosa di Pavia, Cervesina, Chignolo Po, Cigognola, Cilavegna, Codevilla, Confienza, Copiano, Corana, Cornale e Bastida, Corteolona e Genzone, Corvino San Quirico, Costa de' Nobili, Cozzo, Cura Carpignano, Dorno, Ferrera Erbognone, Filighera, Fortunago, Frascarolo, Galliavola, Gambarana, Gambolò, Garlasco, Gerenzago, Giussago, Godiasco Salice Terme, Golferenzo, Gravellona Lomellina, Gropello Cairoli, Inverno e Monteleone, Landriano, Langosco, Lardirago, Linarolo, Lirio, Lomello, Lungavilla, Magherno, Marcignago, Marzano, Mede, Menconico, Mezzana Bigli, Mezzana Rabattone, Mezzanino, Miradolo Terme, Montalto Pavese, Montù Beccaria, Montebello della Battaglia, Montecalvo Versiggia, Montescano, Montesegale, Monticelli Pavese, Mornico Losana, Mortara, Nicorvo, Olevano di Lomellina, Oliva Gessi, Ottobiano, Palestro, Pancarana, Parona, Pavia, Pietra de' Giorgi, Pieve Albignola, Pieve del Cairo, Pieve Porto Morone, Pinarolo Po, Pizzale, Ponte Nizza, Portalbera, Rea, Redavalle, Retorbido, Rivanazzano Terme, Robbio, Robecco Pavese, Rocca de' Giorgi, Rocca Susella, Rognano, Romagnese, Roncaro, Rosasco, Rovescala, Ruino, San Cipriano Po, San Damiano al Colle, San Genesio ed Uniti, San Giorgio di Lomellina, San Martino Siccomario, San Zenone al Po, Sannazzaro de' Burgondi, Sant'Alessio con Vialone, Sant'Angelo Lomellina, Santa Cristina e Bissone, Santa Giuletta, Santa Margherita di Staffora, Santa Maria della Versa, Sartirana Lomellina, Scaldasole, Semiana, Silvano Pietra, Siziano, Sommo, Spessa, Stradella, Suardi, Torrazza Coste, Torre Beretti e Castellaro, Torre d'Arese, Torre d'Isola, Torre de' Negri, Torrevecchia Pia, Torricella Verzate, Travacò Siccomario, Trivolzio, Tromello, Trovo, Val di Nizza, Valeggio, Valle Lomellina, Valle Salimbene, Valverde, Varzi, Velezzo Lomellina, Vellezzo Bellini, Verretto, Verrua Po, Vidigulfo, Vigevano, Villa Biscossi, Villanova d'Ardenghi, Villanterio, Vistarino, Voghera, Volpara, Zavattarello, Zeccone, Zeme, Zenevredo, Zerbo, Zerbolò, Zinasco
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==Locating Town of Origin in Italy==
 
==Locating Town of Origin in Italy==
In order to research your family in Italy, it is essential that you have identified the place where they came from.  You must know the city, town, or parish that they came from. A few records are indexed, but many records will require going directly to photocopied local records, which are only available by town name.  it will be difficult to identify the place of origin by going directly to Italy sources. Therefore, you will need to search in United States (or other country of arrival)  sources first. See [[Italy Gathering Information to Locate Place of Origin|'''Italy Gathering Information to Locate Place of Origin''']] to learn how to search for the Italian place of origin in United States records.<br>
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In order to research your family in Italy, it is essential that you have identified the place where they came from.  You must know the city, town, or parish that they came from.   it will be difficult to identify the place of origin by going directly to Italy sources. Therefore, you will need to search in United States (or other country of arrival)  sources first. See [[Italy Gathering Information to Locate Place of Origin|'''Italy Gathering Information to Locate Place of Origin''']] to learn how to search for the Italian place of origin in United States records.<br>
 
==Civil Registration (''registri dello stato civile'')==
 
==Civil Registration (''registri dello stato civile'')==
 
*'''Civil registration''' records (registri dello stato civile) are government records of births, marriages, and deaths.  
 
*'''Civil registration''' records (registri dello stato civile) are government records of births, marriages, and deaths.  
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*'''Dates:''' In southern Italy, registering births, marriages, and deaths began in 1809 (1820 in Sicily). In central and northern Italy, civil registration began in 1866 (1871 in Veneto). After this date, virtually all individuals who lived in Italy were recorded.
 
*'''Dates:''' In southern Italy, registering births, marriages, and deaths began in 1809 (1820 in Sicily). In central and northern Italy, civil registration began in 1866 (1871 in Veneto). After this date, virtually all individuals who lived in Italy were recorded.
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*'''Contents:''' For detailed descriptions of the information you might find in each record, see [[Italy Civil Registration- Vital Records#Information recorded in civil registers|'''Information recorded in civil registers''']].<br>
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*'''Contents:''' For detailed descriptions of the information you might find in each record, see [[Italy Civil Registration#Information recorded in civil registers|'''Information recorded in civil registers''']].<br>
    
*'''Language:''' The records were almost always kept in Italian, except for records kept during the rule of foreign powers such as France and Austria. In the northern regions, many records are in French and German. Some church records were transcribed into civil registration records in Latin. Don't worry; you will be able to search these foreign languages by learning just a few typical words such as those for mother, father, born, name, bride, groom, married, etc. More help with this is given later in this article.
 
*'''Language:''' The records were almost always kept in Italian, except for records kept during the rule of foreign powers such as France and Austria. In the northern regions, many records are in French and German. Some church records were transcribed into civil registration records in Latin. Don't worry; you will be able to search these foreign languages by learning just a few typical words such as those for mother, father, born, name, bride, groom, married, etc. More help with this is given later in this article.
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*'''State of the Family (Stato di famiglia):'''  A civil record unique to Italy is the stato di famiglia, or state of the family certificate. The comune keeps a record of each family and updates each change, including births, marriages, deaths, and emigration. All individuals in a household are included. Some households include more than one family. Historical states of the family (''stato di famiglia storico'') are kept at the provincial archive (ufficio dello stato civile). These records document past generations of families. Not all areas have kept this record, but where they exist, they are a valuable research tool.
 
*'''State of the Family (Stato di famiglia):'''  A civil record unique to Italy is the stato di famiglia, or state of the family certificate. The comune keeps a record of each family and updates each change, including births, marriages, deaths, and emigration. All individuals in a household are included. Some households include more than one family. Historical states of the family (''stato di famiglia storico'') are kept at the provincial archive (ufficio dello stato civile). These records document past generations of families. Not all areas have kept this record, but where they exist, they are a valuable research tool.
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*To learn more about Italian Civil Registration, read [[Italy Civil Registration- Vital Records|'''Italy Civil Registration- Vital Records''']].  
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*To learn more about Italian Civil Registration, read [[Italy Civil Registration|'''Italy Civil Registration''']].  
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For some localities, digital copies of civil registration can be searched online:<br>
 
For some localities, digital copies of civil registration can be searched online:<br>
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*'''1806-1812, 1866-1935''' - {{RecordSearch|2043830|Italy, Pavia, Pavia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1806-1812, 1866-1935|access=browse}}, free, browseable images, incomplete. Records will eventually be indexed online.
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*'''1806-1812, 1866-1935''' - {{RecordSearch|2043830|Italy, Pavia, Pavia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1806-1812, 1866-1935|access=browse}}, free, browsable images, incomplete. Records will eventually be indexed online.
*'''1866-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|2057676|Italy, Pavia, Voghera, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929|access=browse}},free, browseable images, incomplete. Records will eventually be indexed online.<br>
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*'''1866-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|2057676|Italy, Pavia, Voghera, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929|access=browse}}, free, browsable images, incomplete. Records will eventually be indexed online.
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*'''1862-1939''' - [https://search.ancestry.it/search/db.aspx?dbid=1893 Caserta, Campania, Italy: Civil status registers, 1862-1939], images, ($).
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'''"Nati"''' are births. '''"Matrimoni"''' and '''"allegati"''' are marriages. ''' "Morti"''' are deaths.  '''"Indici decennali"''' is the 10-year index.
 
'''"Nati"''' are births. '''"Matrimoni"''' and '''"allegati"''' are marriages. ''' "Morti"''' are deaths.  '''"Indici decennali"''' is the 10-year index.
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'''There are many microfilmed records available but not included in the online collections. Also digitized records are being added directly to the catalog without appearing in FamilySearch Historical Records listings.'''Currently, they are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a [https://familysearch.org/locations/ '''Family History Center'''] near you. '''To find a microfilm:'''
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'''There are many microfilmed records available but not included in the online collections. Also digitized records are being added directly to the catalog without appearing in FamilySearch Historical Records listings.'''Currently, all microfilms are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a [https://www.familysearch.org/help/fhcenters/locations/ '''Family History Center'''] near you. '''To find a record:'''
 
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:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=116079&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Italy%2C%20Pavia%22 '''records for Italy, Pavia'''].
 
:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=116079&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Italy%2C%20Pavia%22 '''records for Italy, Pavia'''].
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*Reason for the request (family history or medical).  
 
*Reason for the request (family history or medical).  
 
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*Request for a complete extract of the record  
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*To learn more about church records, see [[Italy Church Records|'''Italy Church Records''']].
 
*To learn more about church records, see [[Italy Church Records|'''Italy Church Records''']].
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=== 1. Digital Online and Microfilm Church Records in the FamilySearch Catalog ===
For some localities, digital copies of Catholic church records can be searched online. Currently the church records for Pavia are not
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There are some microfilmed records available. Currently, they are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a [https://www.familysearch.org/help/fhcenters/locations/ '''Family History Center'''] near you. To find a microfilm:
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=== 2.  Microfilm Copies of Church Records Searched at a Family History Center ===
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There are some microfilmed records available. Currently, they are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a [https://familysearch.org/locations/ '''Family History Center'''] near you. To find a microfilm:
      
:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=116079&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Italy%2C%20Pavia%22 '''records for Italy, Pavia'''].
 
:::a. Click on this link to see a list of [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=116079&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Italy%2C%20Pavia%22 '''records for Italy, Pavia'''].
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:::f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. [[File:FHL icons.png|75px]].  Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.  
 
:::f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. [[File:FHL icons.png|75px]].  Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.  
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=== 3. Writing to a Catholic Priest for Church Records ===
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=== 2. Writing to a Catholic Priest for Church Records ===
 
Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by contacting or visiting local parish or diocese archives in Italy. Italy has no single repository of church records. Write your request in Italian whenever possible. '''''This method is not always reliable.  Officials might or might not respond.'''''  
 
Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by contacting or visiting local parish or diocese archives in Italy. Italy has no single repository of church records. Write your request in Italian whenever possible. '''''This method is not always reliable.  Officials might or might not respond.'''''  
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*Reason for the request (family history or medical).  
 
*Request for a complete extract of the record  
 
*Request for a complete extract of the record  
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==Reading the Records==
 
==Reading the Records==
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*You do not have to be fluent in Italian to read your documents. Genealogical records usually contain a limited vocabulary. Use this [[Italian Genealogical Word List|'''Italian Genealogical Word List''']] to translate the important points in the document. If you find that the records are written in [[German Word List|'''German''']], [[French Genealogical Word List|'''French''']], or [[Latin Genealogical Word List|'''Latin''']], click on that language link in this sentence.
 
*You do not have to be fluent in Italian to read your documents. Genealogical records usually contain a limited vocabulary. Use this [[Italian Genealogical Word List|'''Italian Genealogical Word List''']] to translate the important points in the document. If you find that the records are written in [[German Word List|'''German''']], [[French Genealogical Word List|'''French''']], or [[Latin Genealogical Word List|'''Latin''']], click on that language link in this sentence.
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*Online resources are available to help you learn to read these records:  
:*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-italian-handwritten-records-lesson-1-the-italian-alphabet/18 '''Reading Italian Handwritten Records Lesson 1: Italian Letters''']
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:*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/the-italian-documents/the-italian-documents(english) '''Italian Script Tutorial''']
:*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-italian-handwritten-records-lesson-2-words-and-phrases/19 '''Reading Italian Handwritten Records Lesson 2: Words and Phrases''']
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:*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/reading-italian-handwritten-records-lesson-3-reading-italian-records/20 '''Reading Italian Handwritten Records Lesson 3: Reading Italian Records''']. In this lesson, you will explore several types of Italian genealogical records, including birth, baptismal, marriage, and death records.
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:*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/italian-script-tutorial/93 '''Italian Script Tutorial''']
   
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