Welcome to a new site for research in the village of Polizzi Generosa, Sicily. My goal is to furnish information that will help all of you who are interested in learning about your ancestors from Polizzi. Before going any further I want to thank Melanie Holtz for all of the work she’s done on her site. Because her life has changed and she no longer has the time to work on her site, I’m hoping to finish up the transcription work that I’ve already been doing for the last 5 or 6 years. You're welcome to use the information that I've posted here to further your research. But I ask that you please not do so without acknowledging your source as (www.polizzigenealogy.com). This will hopefully help to spread the word about this site. For those of you who don’t know, the Mormon Church, for reasons that I won’t get into here, has filmed both civil and church records all over the world. On this site I’ll focus on transcribing the microfilmed indices of the Polizzi Generosa civil records. Unfortunately, there were no Polizzi church records filmed by the LDS. The Italian government officially required all Sicilian villages to begin recording their civil records in 1820. A few of them began in 1809, but unfortunately Polizzi wasn’t one of them. Except for a few scattered years which I’ll make note of, the microfilms cover the years from 1820 thru 1910. The years after that time were not filmed because of privacy laws. Although the information provided on this site is technically what’s found in the indices, I read every record on every film. Many times this allows me to give you extra information not found in the indices. And it allows me to make corrections. Believe it or not there are sometimes discrepancies between the index and the actual record. The indices for some years only give a name and date and sometimes only the name. For these years I have added the facts that are found on the records. None of my transcription work is written in stone!! If you think I’ve made a mistake or you have a question, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I have all of the Polizzi microfilms so I can easily try to get answers for you. I’ve now begun posting the information for Polizzi. Some of this is new and some is revised. It’s a very slow process. As some of you may have noticed there’s been a problem with the dates being crossed out on some of the previous work. We finally found out that this is due to a known “bug” between the Open Office program that I was using and Excel. Finally, with the help of a fellow LDS volunteer, we’ve developed a formula that will convert these dates. But it’s about a 7 step process for each year. Needless to say, this is slow work. Many days I work from 4 to even 7 or 8 hours doing the transcribing. I’ve decided to add ages to the death records and spouses where not already included. Again this is very time consuming. So please be patient…. 4-15-2003 While making a final run through of these films, I've discovered that many of the dates that were previously posted on Melanie's site are actually wrong. Let me explain.... The dates that are found in the indices are almost always the date that the event was registered at the Polizzi comune office. While the actual date of the event is found farther down in the document. So if the transcriber was working from the indices, and most were, the date may be wrong. The real date is usually only a day or so later, but it's not uncommon for the dates to be much farther apart than that. As I go through these transcriptions one last time I'm correcting the dates. I suggest that anyone who has built their family tree from the original transcriptions only, go back and check your dates. There may be a discrepancy. 6/9/2013
The end is coming to these transcriptions ! I can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel. Within a few months, I think the work will be done. Then I plan to make one last run through just to correct typos and clean things up. I'd like to see a few more people using these spreadsheets, but hopefully that will come in time. As always I'm happy to answer any question that you may have. 2/16/2014
It's finally finished........... Today is truly a red lettered day for me. It's taken more than 8 years and some help from people like Jean Bodenstedt and Ed Groszewski to complete this project, but I'm thrilled to say that as of today it's finally finished. Every year of the Polizzi births, marriages & deaths from 1820 through 1910 has now been posted. But if anyone finds a year missing please let me know. Due to the recent death of my daughter, I'm going to take some time off for a while. But after that I'll start going through each spreadsheet to correct typos etc. and to try to put info into more of one basic format. Again I really encourage all of you to go through and check the info that you've already found. Many corrections have been made and dates have been changed since the original transcriptions were done. I hope that this work can help in your research, but if you find discrepancies, I really encourage you to read the actual microfilms in question. Enjoy....... NMR 5/15/2014
All indices for the Polizzi Generosa births, marriages and deaths for the years 1820 through 1873 have been reviewed for the last time. I will not be going through them again unless someone finds problems with them. If so please don't hesitate to contact me through the form listed above. I'll start again soon reviewing the years 1874 through 1920 for the last time. I hope these transcriptions will help all of you, but again I really encourage everyone to try viewing the actual records. You may even find your ancestors signature on some of them or learn occupations that were not included here....... NMR 11/6/2014 As of 7/18/2015 all of this transcription work has been completed once and for all. I will not be going back over it again unless there are problems. Are there mistakes... yes I have no doubt that there are a few, but not too many. I've done the best that I can possibly do.
2/18/2016 Several of you have asked me to set up this site so that it is more user friendly. You'd like to be able to just put your surname in and find everything there is about them. I'm very sorry that I can't do this for you. I'm not a computer person and would have absolutely no idea how to set this site up that way. I'm afraid you'll just have to search the "long way". Mi dispiache........ Have fun climbing your family tree !!