Recovered documents for San Donato Val di Comino

These interesting packets of documents are from the Lista di Leva of 1877, and also include, Family Status certificates, marriage certificates of parents and birth and death certificates for exclusion from military service. 252        Di Bona Lattanzio di Tommaso 1877 505        Cedrone Loreto fu Saverio 1877                Brothers, Antonino, Gerardo, Donato, Luigi, Domenico 611 … Continue reading

Recovered Documents for Cassino

Documents recovered for persons in the Comune of Cassino consist of a list of those born in 1868 who did not present for military service, Marriage certificates for the parents and State of the family certificates.  Lista di Leva documents, applications for passports, penal certificates, gun permits, and expropriations. Where known I have indicated the … Continue reading

Nardi family reunion set for 2022

I did some research for Shayna almost ten years ago which created more questions than answers but I was never able to accomplish her most sought-after goal – to reconnect with family in Italy. However, Shayna never gave up hope and this year her dream finally came true.  Here is her version of the chain … Continue reading

Catasto Onciario – How and why it was created

In 1740 the Catasto Onciario was proposed by King Charles III (who reigned from 15 May 1734 – 6 October 1759) and and by 1742 regulations had been sent out to all the towns in the Regno delle Due Sicilie with instructions to complete the work by the end of January 1743. Ten years later, … Continue reading

Indexes – how accurate are they and what to do if the name isnt there?

Let’s discuss first the indexing currently underway by Family Search and Antenati.  This indexing is being done by volunteers who may, or may not be familiar with the elaborate handwriting of our Italian ancestors.  You should try your search on both sites and on Ancestry.com.  I have a feeling Antenati is not sharing this project … Continue reading

Sins of the father….the story of Anna

Stories about women are rare so I would like to take a few minutes of your time to focus on a kind of heroine.  One who went against the culture and traditions of the time.  A young woman whose true story we will never know, but one that we can imagine, based on various documents … Continue reading

Italian/Albanian ancestry? We can help!

Please welcome Giuseppe Baffa to our team. Giuseppe has a degree in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage. He has published many papers and books on various issues related to Arbëresh culture and tradition, which he knows very well.  In addition to being interested in Albanian culture, he is an arbëresh living in Santa Sofia d’Epiro, … Continue reading

Finding Achille

Alistair Goold came to me with a desperate plea for help. With the help of an Italian lawyer he had exhausted all known avenues to locate the birth record of his GGFather without which he could not get his Italian citizenship. He sent me a list of the archives they had searched without success. Filomena … Continue reading

What you need to know about reconstructed civil records

Earthquakes, wars, fires, floods, landslides, tsunami etc. can all be responsible for the destruction of civil birth, marriage and death records.  When this happens research into your ancestry can present brick walls that are not easily overcome. After the disaster is over a Tribunal is set up and citizens are asked to present themselves, bringing … Continue reading

Emigrants’ Bulletins, Births, marriages and deaths of Italians of unknown origin in foreign countries.

Official Bulletins were published by the Italian State during the late 19th century with lists of Italians who deceased or married or were born abroad, whose origin or residence in Italy were unknown. The bulletins were published during the late 19th century and available as digital images online (Archivio di Stato di La Spezia/Anagrafe/Italia/), and … Continue reading