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According to Catholic doctrine all individuals must be baptized in order to be saved. Because of this universal need for baptism, these records will include the majority of the people living in the parish, ​regardless of their social or economic status. Most of Italian christening records include the following information, depending on the time period when they were created:

  • Given names of the person being baptized
  • Date of the baptism
  • Date of baptismal entry (usually same as baptism)
  • Date and birthplace of the person being baptized
  • Whether the child being baptized was legitimate or illegitimate
  • Given names, surnames, residence and birthplaces of the parents
  • Marital status of the parents
  • Names of the godparents and sometimes their relationship to the child
  • Residence or birthplaces of the godparents
  • Name or signature of the officiating priest

The information included in these records usually follows a specific order; however, it is not uncommon to find the same information in different order. See​​ the example below​.



                        7: 9bre: 1782
Antonia, e Lucia gemelle figle di Domco: fu: Antonio Benedos e 
di Maria figa: del fu Domco: Piaser da Visnà sua legma: moge: nate 
stamattina ca: il levar del sol: Antonia fu battezzata da me Giro: 
lamo Vendrame Po, essendo comare Maddalena moge di Zam:
maria Tirindello di qta: Para: e Lucia fu battezzata in casa 
per il pericolo, da Margheritta moge: di Gioseppe Narder della 
Vazzola donna esperta, e da me Girolamo Vendrame Paro: furo:
no supplite le ceremonie di S. Chiesa, essendo padrino Marco 
di Pietro Zannetti di questa Para


                        7 November 1782
Antonia and Lucia, twins, daughters of Domenico [son] of the late Antonio Benedos and 
of Maria, daughter of the late Domenico Piaser from Visnà, his legitimate wife, born
this morning at around sunrise. Antonia was baptized by me Girolamo Vendrame, 
parish priest, being the godmother Maddalena, wife of Zam-
maria Tirindello of this parish, and Lucia was baptized at home

Vazzola, skillful lady, and by me, Girolamo Vendrame, parish priest, were

[son] of Pietro Zannetti of this parish.



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