Italia, Napoli, Barano d’Ischia—Registri Civili, 1809–1929


Project Instructions



Types of Records

  • This project includes three types of records:
  • The records are handwritten in paragraph format, often on preprinted forms.
  • Read through each record carefully to find the information for the fields to be indexed. The order of information may vary from record to record.

Indexing Names

  • Names may have been recorded in more than one location in a record. Type the most complete name in the indexing field.
  • If a diacritic or accent mark was used in writing a name on the record (such as the marks used in writing ò in Nicolò or à in Nicolàs), be sure to include the accent mark in indexing the name.
  • Be aware that names in the lookup list may not follow normal alphabetic rules in Italian or English. Thus, the name "Nicolàs" will not be found on the lookup list after "Nicolas" but after "Nicolus."

Number of Records per Image

  • The data entry area is set at one record per image. You will usually need to add entry lines in the data entry area to match the actual number of records on each image. To add entry lines:
    1. On the menu bar, click Tools.
    2. Click Records per Image.
    3. Click in the Number of records box, and type the number of records on the image.
    4. Click OK.

What to Do When Records Span Two Images

  • If the first record on an image begins on a previous image, don't index it. The record will be indexed as part of the previous image. Start indexing at the first complete record. Click here for an example.
  • If the last record on an image continues to the next image, index the entire record, including what continues onto the next image. Click here for an example. To see the information on the next image:
    1. On the menu at the top of the screen, click View.
    2. Click Show Previous or Next Image.
    3. In the window that appears, click the Next Image button.
    4. Index the record while viewing both images at the same time. (In this case, ignore the "Do not index from this image" warning.)

Language for Field Names

  • The indexing field names and the field helps in the right bottom corner of the indexing screen are available in Italian and English. To change the language:
    1. In the menu at the top of the indexing screen, click Tools.
    2. Click Options.
    3. Click on the Language tab.
    4. Click in the Language for Field Names box and Language for Field Help and Project Information box, and select the preferred option.
    5. Close the batch, and reopen it for the change to take effect.

Handwriting Helps

  • Many of these records are handwritten. The handwriting resource on the data entry screen may help you decipher handwriting.
  • To access this resource, on the toolbar just above the data entry area, click on the Handwriting Help icon (which looks like an inkwell with an orange feather quill).
  • Another resource for deciphering challenging Italian handwriting is available here: Italy handwriting.

Additional Information