Italia (Antenati Italiani), Caltanissetta—Morti, 1875–1930 [Parte 1]

Project Instructions

Clicca qui per l'italiano.

Read the Instructions

  • Please read these project instructions carefully before indexing any batches.
  • Review this page and the field helps frequently for updates to the instructions.

What to Remember as You Index This Project

  • Often, a father's given names were listed with no surname in the death record. Do not infer the father's surname from the deceased's surname. The missing information will automatically be included in the final index.
  • Often, the records in the second part of registers are written in free form by hand and require a deeper knowledge of the language in order to find information for the required fields of the project.
  • Many of these records show multiple dates, including death dates, birth dates, and registration dates. Pay close attention, in particular, not to mistake the date of registration with the date of death of the deceased.

Death Records

Indexing Names

  • Names may have been written in more than one location in a record. Type the most complete version of the name in the indexing field.
  • If a diacritic or accent mark was used in writing a name on a record (such as the marks used in the letter "ò" in Nicolò or "à" in Nicolàs), be sure to include the diacritic or accent mark in indexing the name.
  • Do not expand abbreviations or correct misspellings of names. Index the long "i" (written as "j") as "j" and not as "i."
  • If an alias, nickname, or variant surname was given, index the variant after the surname, following the word O. For example, if "Rosselli, detto il Rosso" was written for the surname, you would index Rosselli O il Rosso.


  • When multiple spouses were listed for a single individual, index only the present or current spouse, unless the project instructions direct otherwise.

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. In 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. ClickOK.
  • If you press Tab or Enter after you complete the last record on an image, a message will appear asking if you want to add one or more records to the image. If you have already indexed all the records on the image, do the following:
    1. Ensure that 0 (zero) is in the Number of records box.
    2. 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 to see an example.
  • If the last record on an image continues to the next image, index the entire record, including what continues to the next image. Click here to see an example. To see the next image while continuing to index information for the current image:
    1. In 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.)
  • Some images show a full page of records together with a partial page that has been cropped vertically. Do not try to index any records from the partial page. Index only the records on the full page. The records on the partial page will be indexed with the next image.

Language for Field Names

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

Handwriting Help

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

Additional Information