La Madre Chiesa – Italian Catholic Parish Records

Suzanne Russo Adams, AG
Mar 3, 2021
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Speaker's Introduction
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The Parish
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Diocesan Archives
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Parish Censuses
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Case Study
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

The presentation will discuss researching in baptismal, marriage and burial records of the Catholic Church in Italy. Tips for reading Latin and a brief case study will also be presented. Understanding these principals for Italy can also help with Catholic Church research worldwide.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Suzanne Russo Adams is an accredited genealogist in Italian research and has been researching Italian roots for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a BS in sociology and a BA in family history/genealogy specializ
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    As always, Geoff did an excellent job at moderating the webinar. Suzanne provided an abundance of information regarding Parish Records. The Case Study was very helpful. Thank you.

    Awesome presentation! Much information, well organized, and easily understood with great examples! Thank you!

    Excellent overview of Italian Parish records.

    Excellent overview. I did not know about the Church Census Records which look like an incredible resource.

    Excellent presentation! Material presented clearly, and easy to understand language. I learned so much abt Italian church records.

    Excellent presentation.

    Excellent presentation. Very informative. Excellent syllabus.

    Excellent Webinar and I don’t even have Italian ancestors!

    excellent webinar. Fast paced. I needed more time to copy stuff down. But really really good.



    Excellent! I’ve been waiting for this one and was not disappointed!

    Excellent! Thank you!


    Excellent. Lots of information packed into a coherent and cohesive presentation. Thanks!

    Fantastic! So very informative. I now have a better idea of how I need to approach this part of my tree! Thank you so much!

    Fantastic, practical information.

    Full of valuable information! Loved it!

    Good content.

    Good info. I’ll need to review it again when I get to the Italian relatives. Thanks

    Good information for searching my maternal grandparents. Especially searching locations.

    Good presenter. Well done.

    Good talk with lots of references in handout. Emphasized the need to learn italian and latin and handwriting

    Gosh, why don’t I have Italian ancestors?


    Great ! grazie mille per tutte queste affascinanti spiegazioni .

    Great info . This will be helpful. Thanks.

    Great information and well put together presentation. You gave me many leads to run down on my Italian family. Thanks.

    Great information on Italian Catholic Parish records.

    great lots of info to digest

    Great presentation from content to graphics to presentation.

    Great presentation!!!!

    great presentation……different

    Great presenter!

    Great session, very knowledgeable speaker and good research tips. Enjoyed it.

    great speaker, wonderful information

    Great will be trying to follow her techniques to research difficult searches that cannot be found in Ancestry or Family Search. Love her book Finding Italian Ancestors..


    Great! Would love to hear more especially on the earliest records and alternate records.

    I don’t have any Italian relatives but I found this to be very informative.

    I enjoyed it and learned a lot. Thank you

    I learned a lot. Now I need to but my knowledge into practice.

    I made notes about BYU’s handwriting page, consanguinity, Stato Della Anime, qm, processetti is held at the parish level, dispensation is at the Dioceses level, the dictionary of Latin abbreviations, and affinity. Even though I’ve been working with the online church records for Acerra for years, looks like I still had more to learn. Thank you.

    I particularly enjoyed the case study.

    I thought I knew a lot about Italian records, but I learned a few new things. Thanks!

    I would rate beyond 5, if I could…..excellent.

    I’m just now tackling our family’s Italian lineage, so this was extremely helpful! Many thanks!

    I’m new to Italian research. This presentation was VERY informative!

    Information and slides were great!

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    It is a double 5!!!!!!!!

    I’ve subscribed to the webinars after taking the British-Wales webinar yesterday and the Italian webinar today. Learned quite a bit and thankful for the help.

    Lots of good information

    Ottima Presentazione Suzanne! Grazie! From a frenchman in Amherstburg, Ontario where our mixed population had many Italians with their own Verdi club, Italian masses and, of course, choir. Ciao e stai al sicuro.

    She speaks so clearly, a pleasure to listen to. Also great info.

    So many ideas because we do know town from 1800s. Have an Italian marriage certificate for great great grandparents in 1870s. Know what to look for (glad I took Latin in the 1960s. Has been very helpful)

    Speaker was very clear in her presentation, easy to follow.


    super informative. Good examples. I have searched thousands of civil records and only see a couple examples of parish records. Great info. Suzanne was a good presenter. THANK YOU!

    Suzanne is my cousin, we share relatives from St. Louis. She is just awesome, as usual. I actually forgot about the Mother Church records in Sicily. I usually look at civil records. I guess she gave me more work to do. Thanks Suzanne!!!

    Suzanne Russo was amazing!

    Thank you so much. It was extremely informative and very well done. Now to try and read the handwriting.

    Thank you!

    Thank you!

    Thank you!!!

    The explanations were great, graphics showed the step-by-step procedure that was easy to understand. this is one of the best Legacy webinars I’ve attended. Thank you all.

    This was absolutely FANTASTIC! I have new ideas to continue my Italian reseach. Grazie!

    This was amazing! Please have her back again.

    very clear speaker, uncluttered slides, very knowledgeable.

    very Good

    Very helpful information which will aid me in my family research. Well presented and entertaining.

    Very informative

    very informative

    very informative and excellent speaker with enthusiasm. thanks so much

    very informative and well presented webinar

    Very informative for a beginner (me). I will get your book! Grazie

    Very informative!

    very informative! great speaker.

    Very informative, and inspiring! I feel better about looking into my Italian relatives history.

    very informative, easy to follow, good examples, good sequencing of slides, etc.

    Very informative, hope to participate in similar webinars in future.

    Very informative. Well spoken. Great info. You can tell she’s comfortable giving seminars.

    Very informative. Thanks.

    Very interesting information.

    Very knowledgeable and held the audience captive

    Very useful, very well-done, very enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenter. Thanks!

    We were told that the local church records were lost in a fire. This may give us another tool to use to research further back

    webinar and presenter for fabulous

    webinar very useful and well done

    Well presented. Well organized. Thanks!

    Wonderful presentation. I loved that she gave us a background in the processes of baptism, confirmation and marriage along with the tools for translating and reading the handwriting. Great list of sources in the syllabus. Also enjoyed the case study.

    Wonderful speaker! Very informative and in-depth for a 1 hour presentation. Fantastic!

    Wonderful webinar – one of the best I’ve had.


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