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

Connecting families in San Donato Val di Comino

Susan writes: Thanks, Ann, for all your help. If not for you identifying Pasqualino as close a relative, we wouldn’t have been able to connect. Facebook also made it easier since I was able to chat with him beforehand and let him know we were visiting. When we got to the square where we were … Continue reading

Clerical (or other) errors on civil records.

Often there is a story behind it all.   Here is my interpretation of events on a recent research puzzle covering several towns and the associated document errors. ‘His legitimate wife’ or was she? This week I was researching a family in the early 1800’s; Carmine, his wife Giovanna and their son Angelo. I noted that … Continue reading

Using Facebook for Genealogy

There are many Facebook pages that focus on Italian Genealogy and there are lots of people helping out with translations and giving guidance on where to find the records. Antenati – il portale del SAN is the Facebook page for antenati and they try to keep us updated with their uploading progress.  Unfortunately the text … Continue reading

Antenati and the Archivio Storico di Frosinone

The State Archives in Frosinone came into being in 1956.  It contains notary records from Notaries who retired more than 100 years ago and dating back to the 1400’s, judicial records, military records and lists, along with some civil records after 1865. It is these civil records that we are most concerned with for genealogy … Continue reading

Seasons Greetings 2019

The dust is finally settling after the Christmas holidays and I am sure many of you are waiting with bated breath for your DNA results from those Christmas gifts. January is a great time to get back to our genealogy search.  Angel Research wants to thank those of you who invited us to participate in … Continue reading

Making the connection….with a document from an ancestry contact

David’s family had been to Trasacco many years ago to find the origin of their family and had obtained several certificates and documents that told only a part of the story.  It was apparent that his ancestor Raffaele was not born in Trasacco but there was no indication of where he might have been from.  … Continue reading

A brick wall in Santa Maria Oliveto

Sometimes a brick wall just doesn’t come down easily, even for the professionals! Michele was born in Santa Maria Oliveto (Isernia) according to the family.  When I eventually found the birth record, he was actually registered in Conca Casale but they had declared themselves residents of Santa Maria Oliveto.  Michele was baptized in the Parrocchia … Continue reading

A Foundling or a Love Child?

In researching our genealogy it’s hard to accept that our ancestor was a foundling.  A ‘throw away’, a child whose mother abandoned him.  We grasp at straws to discover that he was loved and cherished.  We don’t really want to believe he was truly alone. Wendy was sure her Grandfather was the secret love child … Continue reading