If you search your ancestors in Capriata d’Orba, Piemonte, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.
In towns and villages of Piemonte and in Alessandria province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Capriata d’Orba registrar as of that date.
So, if your ancestors were in Capriata d’Orba in the nineteenth or twentieth century, then you could try to contact the City Office of Capriata d’Orba to know more.
In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Capriata d’Orba from the Italian Unification (1861).
It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Capriata d’Orba. As more your surname is common in Capriata d’Orba, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Capriata d’Orba archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Alessandria province are:
Bagnasco, Barberis, Barbieri, Barisone, Benzi, Bianchi, Bisio, Bruno, Camera, Capra, Cavanna, Ferrando, Ferrari, Ferraris, Fossati, Gallo, Garbarino, Garrone, Gatti, Ghio, Giordano, Grosso, Gualco, Ivaldi, Lombardi, Massa, Mazzarello, Merlo, Milanese, Negri, Oddone, Olivieri, Parodi, Pastorino, Pesce, Poggio, Porta, Rapetti, Ravera, Repetto, Ricci, Rossi, Sciutto, Semino, Taverna, Torti, Traverso, Zunino.
Church archives in Alessandria 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 Capriata d’Orba and Alessandria province, you could plan to investigate churches’ archives by yourself (or with us!), but from abroad is very difficult to obtain any result unless you find a reliable local help.
Another important source of information is the “Archivio di Stato” (National archive) in Torino.
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.
It’s important to plan your activities to carry on with simple goals (eg. search for a single date of birth, the name of an ancestor, the date of a marriage, etc.)
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