Genealogy in Modena

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If your ancestors were from Modena, you could find info about your family at Registrar of Vital Statistics in the City Office or at the parishes.
It could be useful for you to know if the last name you are investigating is a common surname in Modena: as more your surname is frequent in Modena surnames as more it could be difficult to find exact info about your ancestors in Modena archives.

Registry offices in Emilia Romagna and in Modena province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Modena as of that date.

So, if you think that your ancestors were in Modena in the nineteenth or twentieth century, then you could try to contact the City Office of Modena to know more.

Would you like to know if any distant relatives live in Modena?

Check how many people with the same surname live today in Modena


Church archives in Modena province may instead contain even older information, but they are far less accessible from abroad (and almost impossible by email).
Then,parishes send information not easily.

If you have the opportunity to visit Modena and Modena province, you could plan to investigate churches’ archives by yourself, but from abroad is very difficult to obtain any result unless you find a reliable local help.

In any case, never give up! Probably the distance from your country and Italy, some difficulties in understanding and in translation, could complicate your search but this should not discourage you.

The important thing is to have in mind a plan of actions to carry on with simple goals (eg. search for a single date of birth, family members, the date of a marriage, etc.)

Read our tips for your search in Italy and in Modena too.

Would you like to start your genealogy research in Modena? Have you any further questions regarding your family tree in Modena?
Is your research in a dead end and you need some help ?

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One Message to “Genealogy in Modena”
  1. Sean says:

    I am doing some ancestry research for my wife’s application for Italian citizenship. We want to apply to get an official copy of her fathers birth certificate, but she doesn’t know her grandparents names. It may be that the grandparents names aren’t completely necessary, but they are on the application. If there is any way that you can look them up we would be grateful

    Father: Giorgio Barbieri
    Born 5 March 1939
    Commune: Castelvetro di Modena

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