Using Marriage Records

A few days ago I wrote about how the information shown on online Trentino birth record abstacts and indices should be supplemented by viewing the actual birth record itself. The birth record will provide more information than that shown on the abstracts (see Trentino Birth Record Index). From the birth record, a logical next step in our research can be finding the parents’ marriage record.

Many marriage records from the early 1800s have a wealth of information (but could also contain only basic data) such as names of the bride and groom’s parents and grandparents. The image below is a sample marriage record from 1834.


The marriage record shows that on 15 December 1834:

Gio’ Batta Iob (short for Giovanni Battista), age 19, living at house #23 in the village of Cunevo married Teresa Vilot, age 30. The detailed information though, shows:

“Gio’ Batta figlio di Gio Batta del fu Gio’ Batta Iob detto Siccher di Cunevo e della fu Maddalena figlia del fu Domenico Iob detto Remus pure di Cunevo.”

What this says, is that Gio Batta was the son of Gio’ Batta Iob, who in turn was the son of the late Gio’ Batta Iob of the Siccher branch; and the late Maddalena, who was the daughter of the late Domenico Iob of the Remus branch, also of Cunevo. This one record thus gives us not only information about the groom, but also the name of his father (Gio’ Batta), mother (Maddalena Iob), paternal grandfather (Gio’ Batta) and maternal grandfather (Domenico Iob). The detail for Go’ Batta also states that the bride and groom received a dispensation from the church allowing them to marry. They were related in the second and third degree (cousins), and Gio’ Batta received his father’s permission to marry due to his age (19).

The information for the bride (Teresa Vilot) shows that she was the daughter of the late Gio’ Vilot from the village of Flavon, and the still living Teresa Eccher, also of Flavon.

The information on the marriage record provides clues to look for other data that could lead to information about the bride and groom’s parents, grandparents, etc.  It also shows the difficulties in researching small villages due to the fact that either the bride or groom can have parents and/or grandparents with the same last name.  That is why seeing the branch/clan nicknames are so important (see Early Information About a Family In Trentino).

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10 Responses to Using Marriage Records

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you very much. I will try it.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Where is it possible to find marriage reccords from Cembra (close to Trento)? Are they available online?

    • The village of Cembra records themselves are not online to my knowledge. However, abstracts of the birth records (search by name) can be found on the FamilySearch and Nati in Trentino websites (links are on this site). These abstracts will be simply name, date of birth, parents’ names. For more information and for marriage and death records, you will have to view the microfilmed records.

      • Anonymous says:

        Thank you for quick reply. I have already went through the abstract of birth records and I would like to search for more detailed info now.
        Where can I find the microfilmed records from Cembra?

      • There are two microfilms for Cembra covering the years 1585-1923. #1329976 (sections 19-24) and #1329977 (all). There are two ways to get the films – have them sent to a Family History Center near you (see to find one), or check with your local public library (many libraries have agreements to obtain the films for you for viewing at the public library – you cannot take the films off premises). To order the films online to be sent to a Family History Center, visit, enter Cembra as the search term, apply for a free account, and order the film for viewing at the center (nominal film rental cost).

  3. Joan C. Barker says:

    Thank you, Sal. As always, we owe you so much. Your site was my first contact in, I believe, the 1990s. You have been so generous in sharing your resources with us. Thanks for all you do!



  4. allenrizzi says:

    Great information! By the way, I believe “Siccher” may refer to the family being intermarried to the Sicher family of Coredo some generations back.

    • That was my initial assumption, especially since all other spellings of the branch had one “c”. But I found a 1671 reference to a Sicherio Iob whose son was referred to as Iob detto Sicher.

      • allenrizzi says:

        Good point. Sicher (Sicherio) was a first name used from about 1300. The famous Eccher family from Tregiovo was founded by Sicher and Conzio Eccher from Lauregno.

  5. Terry Mandia says:

    wow 19 and 30

    Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 01:36:48 +0000 To:

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