Italian Vacation News

Nancy and I explored her ancestry in the town of Piglio where we found her relatives. As an artist she was entranced by the area and is now conducting art classes for tourists. An added bonus thsis year is a cooking class for those who don’t paint. Check it out at


I have been asked to post photos of the ruota. The one I have posted is not a ruota meant for receiving abandoned baies. It can be found in the Certosa di Trisulta in Frosinone but it will give you the basic idea. The other photo is of the offical ruota at the Hospital of … Continue reading

Civil records for Florence

Technically there are no civil records for Florence before 1870 however there are parish records available for the period 1809 (about) to 1870.  The various parishes made second copies of baptismal and marriage records and filed them with the civil authorities.

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2011 in review THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people. Click here to … Continue reading