If you search your ancestors in Venezia, Veneto, info about your Italian family are stored in the City Office archives or at the parishes.
In towns and villages of Veneto and in Venezia province registry offices were established in early 1800: it means that you could find information in Venezia registrar as of that date.
So, if your ancestors were in Venezia in the nineteenth or twentieth century, then you could try to contact the City Office of Venezia to know more.
Before to start your genealogy research in Venezia, we suggest you to read our tips for your search . They are useful to search in Veneto and in Venezia too.
In the next picture you can see the demographic trends in Venezia from the Italian Unification (1861).
It could be important to know if the last name you are investigating is a frequent surname in Venezia. As more your surname is common in Venezia, as more it could be difficult to find the right info about your ancestors in Venezia archives if you have not exact dates.
It could be useful for you to know that some of the most common surnames in Venezia province are:
Baldan, Ballarin, Basso, Bergamo, Bortolato, Boscolo, Bozzato, Busetto, Calzavara, Carraro, Chinellato, Costantini, Fabris, Favaretto, Favaro, Ferro, Finotto, Furlan, Gallo, Manente, Marchiori, Masiero, Montagner, Moretto, Moro, Niero, Nordio, Padoan, Pavan, Penzo, Perini, Perissinotto, Pesce, Rossi, Scarpa, Semenzato, Simionato, Stevanato, Tagliapietra, Tiozzo, Trevisan, Veronese, Vianello, Visentin, Zampieri, Zanella, Zanon, Zennaro.
Church archives in Venezia 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 Venezia and Venezia 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 Venezia.
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.)
If you want to discuss with other people interested in genealogy research in Venezia just leave a message below in the comment area
If your research is in a dead end and you need professional help from our local Italian genealogists write to firstname.lastname@example.org our expert in Venezia area will study your request and will reply to you with a research plan and a quote.