Since these indexes are essentially manual, the search function does not have the flexibility that many of us are familiar with using FamilySearch, Ancestry, or FindMyPast. For instance, there is no way to specify a search that finds “similar” or “sounds like” results. Since spelling was still not fully standardized during the 1800’s, I had to find a way to overcome that limitation and find results that were similarly spelled or pronounced. The current solution is certainly not elegant, but it gets the job done. Regardless of how some names were spelled in the original record, I have standardized spellings to allow for the basic search function in your browser to be most helpful. This post lists the standardized name spellings for most common names in Canischio.
Before adding someone to your family tree, I recommend reading all the original records you can find, noting how a person’s name was spelled by his or her parents and the spelling of the person’s signature later in life. You may also be informed by current conventions for Italian names or by how names were anglicized when people immigrated. In the end, you’ll have to decide for yourself the “best” spelling for your family.
These spellings were selected relatively arbitrarily. As always, constructive feedback is much appreciated. If you find additional names that should be included or standardized, please let me know.
Giacomo (given name)