My interest in the town of santa cristina stems from the fact that I was born there. Both sides of my family have lived there since at least the late 1700s.
LDS records pertaining to Santa Cristina
The records below have been taken from the Archives of Reggio Calabria, they were filmed by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints. They are available from any Family History Centre. The actual documents were microfilmed and so if you order the microfilm roll, you actually get to see what the clerk/mayor wrote in 1806. These are the microfilm numbers:
|Title of record||Beginning number||Microfilm Item Number|
The records on microfilm actually cover the period from 1806* - 1863**. I imagine the church records would go back a lot further, however it is not so easy getting access to these records.
The writing on the documents varies from copperplate to illegibile. Some mayors write better than others! I have in the following table the records of births in the year 1818. Although the records begin in 1806, there was no index created at the end of that year so I have not copied down the information from the years 1806 - 1817.
*1806 - According to the front page of the booklet which contains the births for the year, the reason for keeping the archives was in response to the decree by Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1806 the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies - of which Calabria was a part - was taken from the Bourbon rulers and the new king was Napoloen's brother, Joseph Bonaparte.
*1863 - the archives were filmed in 1963. I believe that Italian law has a 100 year embargo on genealogical records, thus filming stopped in 1863.