Special Church Records Project

Hello and Happy Father’s Day!

It seems like I have’t posted in a hot minute but the truth is I’ve been so busy working on a very special project [which I’m extremely excited about!] with two of my good friends, Louis Loccisano from the Calabria DNA Project and Carm Papallo from Martone.info.

Domenica Caterina Fuda Baptism Record

For the last several months now we’ve been working hard on securing as many Church baptism, marriage and death records for many of the towns in and around the Locride area in Reggio Calabria which could potentially & quite realistically help people trace their families as far back as the 1500’s!  Through these records I added several new surnames to my tree which I can now expand on.

This has been a massive and expensive undertaking.  Currently thousands of images have been scanned page by page from Church books by our contact in Italy and then sent over for approval by Louis back in the U.S.A.  Since these records are all written in Latin, we now face the extremely daunting task of attempting to extract them all where we hope to make them available for viewing for our subscribers who are interested in these towns. [See disclaimer at the end of this post.]

As of today we have obtained all available records for the following 10 towns:

  • Caulonia
  • Ciminá
  • Gerace
  • Gioiosa Ionica
  • Grotteria
  • Mammola
  • Martone
  • Roccella Ionica
  • San Giovanni di Gerace
  • Siderno

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I hope you’re excited about this project as much as we are.  As you can imagine though a project of this magnitude came at a pretty hefty price – which was funded completely from privates funds – and this is only Phase 1!  In order to continue the project – which would include the extractions [Phase 2] and hosting [Phase 3] portions – we’ve decided to open it up by accepting donations through our Paypal account. [Just add the words Calabria Church Project & the town name you are researching [if applicable] to the notes sections and all monies will be delegated accordingly.  Towns which receive higher interest will be extracted first.  If you would like a town extracted listed above please leave a comment  and we will get back to you to let you know if it’s possible and with a quote on the costs.

[Disclaimer:  At this time the actual records themselves will remain private to the general public as the collection in its current state is copyrighted.  This post contains no affiliate links nor will I be making any money on any donations received. ]

Thanks for reading and happy researching!

Nuccia

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  1. I have been researching the civil records of Siderno since 1998 and the years that were not microfilmed by the LDS (1859-1865 and other some other random years like 1900, 1903, 1904) are driving me crazy leaving holes in my research. I am in these records all the time adding more cousins to my tree and helping paesani with their research. More recently I have been working on my maternal grandmother’s side from Gioiosa Ionica and Grotteria. It’s been a challenge learning new handwriting, surnames, and streets/contrade.

    I am not in a position to help financially but if you are looking for volunteers to transcribe, I’d be more than happy to help. About 10 years ago I was given the opportunity to examine some of the Siderno church records, so I am familiar with the structure of the records and a bit with the Latin shorthand.

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