According to the great-grandmother, her parents were Leone Morandi (born 8 October 1894) and Maria Angeli (born 8 July 1896), both in Bagni-di-Lucca in Lucca province. I don't have a marriage date for them.
I had no idea if I would be able to find records for these 2nd great-grandparents of my grandsons, but it was worth investing some time in the attempt.
1) I went to FamilySearch to see what records are available for Bagni-di-Lucca. I put "lucca" in the "Filter by location" field on the Historical Record Collection list (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list):
There are two collections - both Civil Registration collections. There are no indexes for these collections - I have to browse them.
2) I chose the second one to browse:
This collection has 1,335,192 images.
3) I clicked on the "Browse this collection" link on the screen above, and saw the first Waypoint list - for towns within Lucca province:
Bagni di Lucca is the second town on the list.
4) I clicked on Bagni di Lucca on the screen above, and saw the second Waypoint list - of record books for the town:
I see "books" for "Allegati (matrimonia)" [wedding attachments, according to Google Translate) and for "Morti" (deaths) and for Nati (births).
5) I'm looking for an 1894 birth and an 1896 birth, so I picked the collection for "Nati 1886-1899 Pubblicazions 1866-1873." I clicked on that link and saw the first image - which has an FHL microfilm number on it:
There are 3003 images on this microfilm and online "book" - for births from 1886-1899. I went browsing, and figured out that the birth records were in chronological order (except for several right at the front.
6) I quickly figured out that the records were in Italian (duh!) and then was faced with the translation problem. I went back to Google Translate and figured out that "eighteen hundred ninety six" was something like "milleottocento novanta sei." I checked all of the names of the months and other numbers from one to 31 too because I knew I needed to figure out the day of the month. For Maria Angeli, I figured out I should be looking for her birth date of "otto luglio."
7) It took a while to find Maria's birth record - I clicked on every 100 images until I could figure out the order used in the record book - but I found it on image 1490 of 3003, using the key words for the year and the date that I had determined from Google Translate (three images):
The full page image, downloaded from FamilySearch looks like this:
As you can see, there are three birth records on each image at this point in this record "book." I renamed the file and saved the record to my Angeli surname file on my computer.
8) Here's my attempt at a source citation for this record is:
"Italy, Lucca, Lucca, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929." Images. FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 13 October 2016), "Nati 1886-1899 Pubblicazions 1866-1873," Atti di Nascita, image 1490 of 3003, Maria Angeli birth entry; citing original records from Tribunale di Lucca (Lucca Court, Lucca).
I looked for Leone Morandi's birth record also in 1894, but that was before I figured out that there was more than one record on each image. i'm going to go back to look again.
There is a notation below Maria Angeli name on the record above - it denotes her marriage on 11 9 1920 to Leone Morandi. Cool - another record to look for! The boys' great-grandmother will be thrilled!
9) I am not an experienced researcher in Italian records, but I am willing to try. I think I understand how FamilySearch has put these records online, and I am very grateful for these records and all of the records they have digitized and put in record collections online. The alternative is to search on microfilms at the Family History Library and/or a local FamilySearch Library..
Since there are no indexes yet for these records, I am willing to invest some time in browsing for records, and have a real sense of accomplishment when I find something I was looking for. When indexes are available for these records from all over Italy, then real research breakthroughs will occur for many genealogists with Italian roots. Until the, the process above in unindexed collections will have to suffice.
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