Challenges in Italian Research

I was work­ing in the parish records of Cata­nia this week and I ran across a prob­lem which made the research much more dif­fi­cult. In the ear­ly nine­teenth cen­tu­ry, Catania’s priests indexed bap­tisms by the father’s first name. This is not help­ful, espe­cial­ly when one does not know the name of the child’s father. What would you do in this sit­u­a­tion? Tell us in the com­ments below!!