If your ancestors were from Guastalla, 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 Guastalla: as more your surname is frequent in Guastalla surnames as more it could be difficult to find exact info about your ancestors in Guastalla archives.
Registry offices in Emilia Romagna and in Reggio Emilia province were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Guastalla as of that date.
Church archives in Reggio Emilia 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 Guastalla and Reggio Emilia 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 Guastalla too.
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