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A Brief History of Italy For Genealogists...
Before 1796, Italy was comprised of many autonomous states, under the rule of various
invading empires. The only formal record keeping before this time was by the Catholic
church. In 1564 at the Council of Trent, Pope Pius IV decreed that all Catholic
priests maintain written records of the major sacraments -