Pietro Ciardonei and Antonia Ciamporcero are my paternal great-great-grandparents. They lived their entire lives in Cossano Canavese, Piedmonte, Italy. This is a small town outside of Turin in the foothills of the Alps.
Pietro was born about 1845. Antonia was born 4 February 1859. They married on 20 March 1872. Their marriage produced at least 7 children. Three of their first four children died before reaching the age of three. My great grandfather was the first son to survive childhood. I can only imagine what difficult times Pietro and Antonia faced losing so many children so young at the start of their marriage.
My favorite part of this record is the signature for my g-g-grandfather. Although I am not very surprised, it still makes me a little sad that my g-g-grandmother could only mark her name with an “X.”
I have been able to research my Italian ancestors because Family Search has a microfilm that contains the church records from their small town. Below is a digital copy of Pietro and Antonia’s marriage record.
With the help of the book Italian Genealogical Records: How to Use Italian Civil, Ecclesiastical, and Other Records in the Family History Research
by Trafford R. Cole and Google Translate, a very rough translation is:
Act of Marriage
Ciardonei, Pietro – Ciamporcero, Antonia
The year one thousand eight hundred seventy two the 20thof March of publications made in the church of St. Stefano, dispenses ??? presented to the parish priests ??
Marrying according to the rite of S. ?? Ciardonei Pietro, twenty seven, native of Cossano, living in Cossano, son of the deceased Matteo, son of the late Domenico and son of the living Avetta Lucia, daughter of the deceased Antonio.
And Ciamporcero Antonia, twenty three, native of Cossano, living in Cossano, daughter of the living Stefano, son of the deceased Domenico, and daughter of the living Ciardonei Maria, daughter of the deceased Stefano.
Present as witnesses: Ciardonei Antonio, son of deceased Stefano and Maglione Lorenzo, son of living Giovanni
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