What a great day. Paola gave a really nice presentation about marriage records in Italy. Little tidbits of information that I had known, but needed gentle reminders. Introducing our group to some wonderful ways to discover the location of little known places in Italy.
Here are just a few of the on-line resources to help with locating Italian communi :
digitized books for geographical dictionaries can be found at www.books.google.com
just type in the subject search for the region you are looking for, ie.Dizionario geographico de Toscana, or fill in with other regions...Napoli, Sicilia, etc
You can also search for "searchable" formats online.
There are also records called AGP (Ave Grazia Plena). These are institutes for the care of abandoned children. Using Google search (or other search engines) may help to locate those.
On a personal note, I was able to locate a client's Irish ancestor in the 1820, 1830, 1840, and 1850 census records in Washington, D.C. He never appeared again. His wife is noted as a widow in 1860. Now I have a good idea of when he passed away, and the recorded burial listings from one of the oldest cemeteries in the city have records of many with the same surname. I just may have gotten a step closer to solve a research problem.
I took a long walk during the evening to visit the prettiest outdoor shopping mall I have ever seen. Salt Lake City's City Creek is just lovely. Fountains, flowers and live music. A very restful place to take a stroll and buy a sandwich for dinner.
Tomorrow will be my last full day of research, plus a pre-planned dinner with the group of POINT members who traveled here for the conference. Can't wait.