With fixed business hours, including even Saturday morning, Pordenone church archive, Udine, top genealogy institution in Italy at this moment. You do not need to depend of the mood and philosophy of the local priests and for a few hours, thanks to existed indexes, your pedigree could be enriched with 4-6 generations at least.
This week Faleschini from Minnesota was a happy family with their genealogy. Only for a few days BreeAnna, one of the youngest descendants, assisted by the author as a contract genealogist at Universal Genealogy, was able to locate five generations back on one of her paternal lines (Brusadin) and even to trace her ancestors in Serravalle, Vittorio Veneto thanks to the volunteering effort of the local Dr. Livio Caberlotto. Serravalle was during the Renaissance a big village with remarkable architecture and culture which today is still preserved as old houses, churches and public buildings which make Serravalle an archaeological city. It is administratively part of Vittorio Veneto, but completely contrasts to the modern city not only because of the old oblique, but also because of the integrated high stylish contemporary culture.
Pordenone records go back to the 16th century and all of them are readable. Indexes complement the church books and make the research enjoyable together with the friendly assistance of clerk Paola in the nice Diocese Archive located not far from the center of Pordenone. Serravalle is more volunteer oriented but the fluent in English Dr. Caberlotto makes the research also possible and amusing.
Italian genealogy is blooming because of dedication of American Italians to their ancestors and their huge effort in using Internet for family pedigrees, trees and group sheets. However, in many places of Italy the access to the church books is impossible just because the priests do not allow such. The examples of Pordenone and Serravalle show that probably this is the near future of all available Italian church records – easy access for constructing of the huge Italian family immigration and national trees.
Faleschini was really a lucky family this summer, although many could be like it if their ancestors come from the regions of Pordenone and Vittorio Veneto. There were group migrations to the USA of families or just co-residents from this region, and the number of the descendants of late 19th - early 20th century is really huge. One who finds Pordenone as a place of origin should consider him/herself as a lucky descendant - the church records exist and they are accessible.
Thank you Pordenone church Archive! Thank you Pordenone population for friendly welcome! Thank you Dr. Caberlotto! We may come back for more genealogy joy next year!