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Burial locations in Italy

Postby chrisdamato » 23 Jun 2010, 17:52

How do I find out where each of my ancestors are buried? Do the town death records indicate which cemeteries they are buried in?
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Re: Burial locations in Italy

Postby johnnyonthespot » 23 Jun 2010, 18:22

Chris,

If they died more than a few decades ago, they may not be burried any longer at all (in the American sense of the word).

See these threads:

http://italiangenealogy.tardio.com/Foru ... c/t=10892/

http://italiangenealogy.com/Forums/view ... rt=12.html
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Re: Burial locations in Italy

Postby maestra36 » 23 Jun 2010, 19:16

Italian state civil records do not give cemetery information. If your ancestors are from a small town, there is probably only one cemetery in the town and the caretaker may be in the town's municipal bldg, or town hall. So best to contact the town hall in your ancestral town for specific info. Also, as in the above post, burials in Italy are not like those in the U.S. After so many years, the bones of the deceased are removed to make room for the newly deceased. These may be wrapped and buried in the same niche as the newly deceased, on top of its coffin, or placed in a communal grave in the cemetery, if there is no room.
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Re: Burial locations in Italy

Postby chrisdamato » 23 Jun 2010, 19:35

So they may no longer be there at all. That's very sad. Hopefully, they were wealthy enough to be able to continue renting the plots. Being that they were all from Laurenzana, I should contact the town hall directly???
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Re: Burial locations in Italy

Postby chrisdamato » 23 Jun 2010, 19:37

One other question - how would I go about finding out what the last known address was for an ancestor? I was thinking perhaps that it would be nice to see where they actually lived before they died.
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Re: Burial locations in Italy

Postby maestra36 » 23 Jun 2010, 19:43

If your Italian town has microfilmed state civil death records for the ancestor(s) to which you are referring, there usually is an address for the house in which the person died, which may or may not be the house in which that person lived. Often the record will state that the death took place in the person's own habitation. However, for some of these houses, there is only a street name given and not a specific house number.
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