Poverty in Sora 1855



  1. My great grandparents moved to Birmingham, U.K. in the late 19th century. They came from Sora, the family name is Recchia. My grandfather – Fernando Recchia, married Amelia Marcantonio, whose family had also moved from Sora ( or that region), Her mother’s name was Restituta Baldaserra. I had always been told that they moved because of the poor living conditions and lack of work. Your article and research highlights just how bad it was.
    Thank you so much for this.


    • Did you know that Sora has a Register of the Population created around 1861. A page for each family that was updated until 1905 with births, marriages and deaths


      • Thank you, I was not aware of this. Hopefully, next year, we may be moving to Italy – probably Abruzzo. We certainly plan to do our research when this happens. Really enjoy your regular bulletins, and using Angelresearch, would be a great help.


      • You could personally visit the archives in Sora or you can email me at Italy search @gmail.com and I’ll tell you how we could do it for you


    • Hi there Kevin, I was reading your comment regarding the migration to Birmingham UK. I am trying to find my family roots . I only have a Photo, birth place (Sora Campagno) and a last name (DiFrati). But the photo is that of a photographer in Birmingham. Do you have any recommended websites that I could reference? Thanks


      • Please email me a copy of the postcard. There is no town called Sora in the Province of Campagno. There is no Province called Campagno! The surname Di Fratti does not appear in the index of the population of Sora Frosinone-formerly Caserta-


      • Hello Louis, thank you for your comments. I’m not sure how much help I can provide. My Grandfather was born in Sora, Frosinone – which is in Lazio ( southern Lazio, towards Naples). The information you have does seem slightly confusing, I don’t of another town in Italy called Sora, and it’s possible Campagno is actually Campania – which is the region south of Lazio ( Naples). I know from what I recall from my conversations with my grandparents ( which is very long time ago ), they considered themselves more Noepolitian than Roman. Nobledan, I think was the dialect they spoke. I follow some facebook groups relating to Italian heritage in Birmingham, and I know there are many other groups for Italian communities in other parts of the U.K. Sorry I can’t be of more help.


  2. Thank you so much for your wonderful research work in Italy. Enjoying your podcasts especially the “Poverty in Sora” — a more personal view of the times.. Would like to hear some interesting facts about Pico Frosinone if you have time. Looking forward to your next podcast.


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