Records Extraction Guide            

About the Guide

If you are interested in learning how to read old Italian handwriting for the purpose of extracting parish and civil registration records, you may consult the  Italian Records Extraction - An Instructional Guide. This resource provides basic principles, examples, and practice exercises which will enable you to identify specific parts and characteristics of christening and marriage record entries. The Italian Records Extraction - An Instructional Guide was first published in 1981 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is now available for download on this website in PDF format.

To download the Italian Records Extraction - An Instructional Guide in its entirety, click here.

To download individual chapters, click on the links below.


Italian Records Extraction
Chapter 1: Brief Overview of Italian Records

Brief Overview of Italian Records
Chapter 2: Civil Birth Records

Civil Birth Records
Chapter 3: Parish Christening Records

Parish Christening Records
Chapter 4: Civil Marriage Records

Civil Marriage Records
Reference Sections​
Section A: Italian Handwriting 
Section B: Numbers and Times 
Section C - Italian Names: Part I: Given Name Identification and Gender 
Section C - Italian Names: Part II: Italian Surnames 
Section D: Glossary of Professions 
Section E: Provinces and Regions of Italy 
Section F - Glossary of Italian Terms: Part I: Specific Categories of Terms 
Section F - Glossary of Italian Terms: Part II: General Glossary of Terms 
Section G: Sample Records 
Section H: Key