Source Information Aosta, Aosta, Italy, Tribunale Civil Registration Records, 1866-1939 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc.
Original data: Tribunale di Aosta, Registri di Stato Civile, 1866-1939. Aosta, Italia: Tribunale di Aosta.

About Aosta, Aosta, Italy, Tribunale Civil Registration Records, 1866-1939

This database contains birth, marriage, marriage banns, death, and citizenship records in the jurisdiction of the Aosta Tribunale from 1866-1937. The register also includes annual and decade indexes of those same records. The Tribunale had jurisdiction over towns in the province of Aosta. Some of the earlier records are in French, but will be searchable in Italian. Due to privacy laws of the Italian government, records that contain any information dated within the last 100 years (after 1910) cannot be displayed online. Death records, however, are exempt from this restriction and are available in this database through 1938. A copy or a certificate of a record can be requested from the local town hall. See samples of letters for requesting certificates in the learning center on this website.

The keeping of vital records for the unified Kingdom of Italy started in 1866. In the southern part of the country, formerly under the Kingdom of The Two Sicilies, it started in 1809 with the exception of Sicily in 1820.

Reading the Records:

Depending on the year, these records are either free-form hand written paragraphs or pre-printed forms with hand-written information entered into fields. Records from earlier years are of the hand written paragraph type, while records from more recent years contain the pre-printed forms.

Each record is assigned a record number that is unique to that year. This record number is written (either numerically or spelled out) in the margin. The primary person’s (or people’s) names are usually written below this. This makes searching for a particular person page by page fairly easy.

Sometimes there will be marginal notes written on a record. These marginal notes generally contain other vital information for the individual that the record is about. For example, on a person’s birth record you may see information written in the margin regarding that person’s marriage and/or death.

What Information is Listed:

The amount of information listed for an individual can vary according to record type, form type, year, and the regulations governing vital records at the time they were recorded. The following information is generally available for each record type. More or less information may actually be provided in records.

Births (Nascita) :

  • Name of child
  • Birth date
  • Date of record
  • Child’s birthplace
  • Parents’ names
  • Age, profession, and place of residence of parents
  • Witnesses’ names

Marriages (Matrimonio):

  • Names of bride and groom
  • Date of record
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Bride and groom’s parents’ names
  • Bride and groom’s ages at time of marriage
  • Bride and groom’s birthplaces, residences, and occupations
  • Witnesses’ names

Deaths (Morte) :

  • Name of deceased
  • Death date
  • Date of record
  • Names of parents and spouse (if married)
  • Place of death
  • Age
  • Residence
  • Profession
  • Birthplace
  • Name of the two persons reporting the death

Marriage Banns (Pubblicazioni):

Pubblicazioni consist of copies of the marriage banns. When a couple wanted to be married it was customary for them to post their intentions in a public place in the comune two or three consecutive Sundays before their marriage was to take place. These records were copied into volumes or books comprised only of pubblicazioni. The original banns posted in the town may be found in the marriage allegati.

Information in addition to the names of the bride and groom is available but is dependent on the specific documents provided for each marriage. There may not be pubblicazioni records included in this database for every year that there are marriages.

Citizenship Records (Cittadinanza):

Citizenship regulations changed in Italy over the years. Examples of reasons for listing individuals on these records include:

  • Italian citizen declares a change in residence (moving in or out of a town)
  • Foreign-born individual of Italian parents receives Italian citizenship
  • Foreign-born individual living in Italy becomes naturalized and gains citizenship
  • Native-born individual with a foreign-born father decides to renounce Italian citizenship and elects that of the father


There are hand-written annual and decennial indexes for many of the records. These indexes are organized according to record type and year. Generally these indexes will list the name of the primary person and their record number. Sometimes the primary person’s father’s and mother’s names will be listed as well. This is helpful for distinguishing between primary individuals who have the same name.