In my quest to discover my Italian history, I have discovered (accidentally come across) some online resources that are FREE! One that has been particularly interesting, although time consuming, http://www.antenati.san.beniculturali.it/ This site offers online digital archives to be used for genealogical purposes. This website is in Italian, but can be translated. The microfilmed archives themselves are just scanned images and cannot be automatically translated.
This site allows you to browse the records, or search for names. I have attempted to search by name, not all names/records in this database are searchable. Don’t be discouraged if the name comes up as having no results. The record you are seeking could still be in this database. If you know the region where your ancestors are from, you could browse by region. It may take some time to navigate the site, but it could be well worth it!
One thing that is helpful to know when searching this site, is that often times there is an index for each year of records. It is most helpful when this index is in the front of the record book, but I have found that sometimes it is placed at the end of the year of records. Even more confusing is that I have noticed some located in the middle of the records. – When you open up a year of records to “Browse”, check visually the thumbnail records for an index. This will significantly reduce the amount of time you spend clicking from one page to the next.
Another thing to note about this site, is that again, in most cases the page number listed in the index next to the individual record you would like to see is accurate to the page number listed on the document (not the image number). However, there have been records I have looked for that are not listed on the correct page. Be careful that you don’t just assume that record is not there! Please then page through the documents until you find the record that the index says is there.
If you have Italian ancestors and are interested in learning more about your history, please message me. I would love to help guide you on your research journey. Consultations/questions are FREE!
Thanks for reading. Happy searching!