I had previously written in Trentino Birth Records – An Online Database about the Province of Trentino’s publication of Trentino birth records and the ability to search by name, etc. As we are aware, in 2012 the Latter Day Saints FamilySearch website began publishing another database of Trentino birth records at Italy, Trento, Catholic Church Records containing the same records as those posted by the Province of Trentino. At that point there are only 376,000 entries on FamilySearch’s site. Currently, the number of records are about 554,000 with more to be added in the future. Which one to use is simply a matter of preference.
One thing to consider, is that the two sites should not be the last resource, but only a lead-in to other information contained in village files, which contain much more information. For example, using a search for Giacomo Iob on FamilySearch’s site produces the following:
Italy, Trento, Diocesi di Trento, Catholic Church Records
Name – Giacomo Celeste Iob
Event Type – Baptism
Event Date – 17 Jan 1845
Event Place -Natività di San Giovanni Battista, Flavon, Trento, Italy
Birth Date – 16 Jan 1845
Father’s Name – Vincenzo Iob
Mother’s Name – Angela Iob
(note – it was common for both parents to have the same surname in the small Trentino villages, but were usually of different clans with the bride and groom related 2, 3, or 4 generation in the past).
If we take the information found on FamilySearch and view the microfilmed church records for Flavon, we would find not only the above information, but also the names of the Giacomo Celeste Iob’s paternal and maternal grandparents, and whether or not the grandparents were still living at the date of his birth. This is especially useful in researching maternal lines since women in Italy retain their maiden names for most purposes. You will usually also see listed the parents’ occupations.
If you take a look at the listing of posts in this site (link is in the header above), you will see other references to using microfilmed records. Unfortunately most the microfilm images for the Trentino villages have not been uploaded, so the only way to see the actual images will be to view the microfilms at your local Family History Center. A limited number of microfilm images have been uploaded to FamilySearch’s site, but here again, those images must be viewed at the local Family History Center.