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Rocca Canavese, Torino, Piemonte, Italy records are disintegrating in the church - please help

I have been using your microfilms for the town of Rocca Canavese, Torino, Piemonte, Italy. The earliest records you have are church records which begin in 1823 (excluding the ones for the years 1804-1813). I have direct knowledge that the church in Rocca Canavese has records going back much earlier, perhaps to the 1600s. My friend has visited that church and he said that the records are in very poor condition. Would it be possible to get these records photographed so that they are not lost forever? I am not sure how much longer they will last. Thank you for considering this request.
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    Thank you for your reply. It was very helpful. I will see if I can find someone at the church to contact. Hopefully I can. It would be a shame to lose this history.
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