Calabria, Bari- Italy Brickwalls - What have you done?

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I have been very successful in tracing back my paternal side of the family roots in Italy. Some of the lines I have been able to go back to the 1500s.

But I do have several brickwalls and I know they are preventing me from finding the connections (common ancestors) in the Italian descendants I have matching dna with.

My family is specifically from Cosenza- Rende and the surrounding towns. Quite a bit of the civil records are online from late 1600s to late 1800s. But nothing from the early 1900s and before 1700s. Most folks I have spoken with run into the same problem.

Aside from hiring a researcher over in Italy, I dont know where else to go. I would love to hear advice from people who have been able to successful tap into resources for their brickwalls and been successful!

All advice or information welcome with open arms!
asked in Genealogy Help by Michele Misurelli G2G Crew (830 points)

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Hi Michele,

My paternal side comes from Acquaviva, Bari.

The only way I could go through was connecting siblings of my ancestors. All possible branches and lines, because there are small bits of information everywhere, but they are not always mentioned in our ancestors acts.

After that you know you will need the church's archive, that has an incredible amount of information, but to combine it with the whole connections is also a crazy work.

Anyway, I did it and I still need to go back to continue, but it was really an amazing experience.

Good luck!

Régis Giampersa
answered by Regis Giampersa G2G6 Mach 1 (13.8k points)

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