Coindo: why memory should not be lost

In this article I want to tell web surfers how to make the family tree of your family or at least how I did it. Creating a family tree is a great way to illustrate your family history. The first thing we need to know is that genealogical research is based on the consultation of birth, marriage and even death of ancestors, which are kept in municipal and parish archives. With the Council of Trent of 1545-1563 it was imposed on parish priests to record both baptisms, confirmations, marriages and even the deaths of the parishioners, with the consequent result of the formation of records full of information for genealogical purposes. Every historical research aimed at creating a family tree must certainly start from the surname, which is also called “casato”, that is, something that indicates all the descendants, who are part of the same family. Next to the surname, as a fundamental factor of family identification, there is also the emblem, that is an object of study of heraldry.

The search for one’s family tree is an activity, but for some people it is also a hobby, really fascinating and fascinating. At the same time, this procedure is also a real complicated, difficult discipline, which in some cases may involve very long times before giving the desired results. Therefore it is good to arm yourself with a lot of patience and also not to be discouraged at the first failures. A genealogical tree starts from your person, from which the different branches separate. Start writing the names of your close relatives, then move on to those of your parents’ generation. Make sure you do not leave anyone behind. The family tree will be an important part of your family’s history, so take care to create an accurate pattern. Going back in time to a couple of generations, it will be difficult to find the names. Not to forget anyone, do research and check it out, it’s a great opportunity to learn something more about your family. Talk to the older people in your family for more information. Find out the names of your grandparents’ s brothers, their spouses and children. Try to find out as much as you can. If you’re lucky, you’ll come across interesting family stories and maybe even some secrets.

Recall that in the network it is now possible to find a large number of resources, which are completely free and that allow us to build genealogical trees online. The sites are: FamilySearch.org, MyHeritage.it and Ancestry.com. Through all these sites, many people from all over the world are able to trace their ancestors, entering their data. Thanks to the genealogical trees they manage to create, users can trace far away ancestors by consulting names, dates, places, photos and even documents. Obviously most of the sites allow only general searches and it should also be borne in mind that information about your surname is not inherent in your family. For a serious and well documented research it is necessary to go to the archives,

In my case, the research and consultation of the personal data of the members of the family was made largely in the parishes of Laietto, Mocchie and Condove. The greatest difficulty encountered was to decipher the ancient writings in the ancient registers consumed by time, not always in beautiful calligraphy and up to a certain date in Latin. Transcript mistakes are also frequent: think that my paternal grandmother in the parish of Mocchie where she was baptized, was registered as Cordola Emilia Alberta (1858/1929), while in the parish of Laietto after the marriage with my grandfather Giovanni was registered like Cordola Melania, the name with which it was commonly called.

How to go back to your ancestors

After finding a very old family photo album in the attic, did you feel like going over the history of your ancestors and discovering the names of your ancestors? With a little ‘luck you can do it, without spending a penny and using nothing more than your computer (or your mobile, if you prefer).

Follow the directions I am about to give you and you will find out  how to trace your ancestors  using the power of the Web, or rather the vast databases of some online services where users enter their family data to create “public genealogical trees” and find ancestors / relatives from all over the world. In these databases there are very detailed information, such as date and place of birth of each person, identity of parents, place of residence and much more. Furthermore, in many profiles “extra” content is available, such as photographs, birth certificates and other documents that can facilitate the identification of a relative (near or far).

Research is not always successful. On the contrary, as mentioned above, we need good doses of patience and luck to obtain noteworthy results … but when we succeed, satisfaction is truly priceless. Try it now, in most cases it costs nothing. I cross my fingers for you!

Ancestors Portal

The first site I want to report is Ancestors . This is a portal edited by the General Directorate for Archives and by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, thanks to which documents from the State Archives can be found to conduct personal and genealogical research. It is completely free and requires no registration.

To search for documents related to your ancestors on the Ancestors portal, linked to the main page of the latter and click on the entry  Find the names at the top right. Then fill out the form that is proposed to you indicating the most information possible (name, surname, type of deed to be found, City / place of origin and year) and click on the Search button  to view the results.

When the search results appear, click on the Open button  located under the name of your interest to view the documents available on the Ancestors portal. If you want, by clicking on the item  Browse the logs at the top you can also view the list of institutions and archives reproduced, sorted by location.