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Chini Family Resources

There are hundreds of books about Trentino.  Although these books are good for general information, they are not really useful for learning about family history.  Here is where specialized books can be invaluable.  The idea is to search for books about … Continue reading

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Early information about a family in Trentino

Much historical and useful information can be learned by researching old books about our ancestral villages.  Also highly useful is contacting (and hopefully receiving a reply) the municipal offices in the villages, and trying to find living descendents of a … Continue reading

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Miners in Hastings, Colorado

In a previous post, I mentioned the dangers associated with working in the southern Colorado coal mines during the early 1900s’s (Colorado Coal Mine Dangers).  Hundreds of men were killed aboveground and underground, including my grandfather’s brother and three of … Continue reading

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Aultman Photo Collection

Many of the early emigrants from Trentino went to Colorado where jobs in the coal mines were plentiful. I have previously written a number of posts about our Trentino ancestors and the difficulties they faced in Colorado. Every once in … Continue reading

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Surnames in Trentino

Surnames did not arise in Trentino until sometime during the early to mid 1500’s — moreso after the 1564 Council of Trent which ordered use of surnames for each individual.  Until the use of surnames, a person was generally known … Continue reading

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Trentino village churches and your ancestors

Each village in Trentino has one or more churches.  In addition to religous functions, the village church also served social and civil purposes.   Since the early 1600s, the village church was the recordkeeper for family events.  Handwritten birth, marriage, and death registers have survived in … Continue reading

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Using naturalization documents in research

Declaration of intent to become a US citizen (1936) – Giuseppe Iob After spending many years in the United States, many of our ancestors from Trentino petitioned to become US citizens.  Normally, one of the prerequisites in the naturalization process was … Continue reading

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Using Trentino church records

During the time of our grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents, the local churches in Trentino were the recordkeepers for birth, marriage, and death events.  Generally, meticulous records were maintained by the parish priests in handwritten church registers.  Absent destruction due to … Continue reading

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Village of Fondo

 Although the village of Fondo has its own website with some historical tidbits that may interest the family researcher, the website is directed more to the tourist or person interested in an overview of the village. With its frazioni (“hamlets”) of … Continue reading

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Introduction to the village of Terres

Terres is a small village of about 325 residents in Val di Non. The most common surname in the village is Dalpiaz. As customary in other villages in the valley, many of the family branches were given sopramoni (or “second … Continue reading

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