Finding Foglio Matricolare – Italian Military Records

Finding the military service record for an ancestor can be a great source of satisfaction……or not. Seeing your ancestor labelled as a ‘deserter’ can be a shock but often it just means that they did not return to Italy when called for military service from whichever country they had emigrated to.  Refusing to serve meant … Continue reading

All in a day’s work

It started out as a simple lunch with a client.  It turned into something very different! I had done some research for Gino back in 2008 and he was finally making that trip to Italy with his wife and family.  He invited my husband and I to join them for lunch in Ceprano.  I was … Continue reading

Voting in Italy is complicated at best.

It’s not my job to advise you how to vote in the upcoming election.  Most of you have probably already done so by mail but I do have some comments about the system. Complicated doesn’t even begin to describe the minefield Italian voters will find themselves in on March 4th.  A new system of voting … Continue reading

Search of the week

Eric contacted me with a ‘brick wall’. He was applying for Italian citizenship and had collected all the records he needed, and had already corrected several of them to meet the Consulate’s standards.  One record though, was a real puzzle.  His Grandfather Gioacchino was a foundling born in Palermo, although his entry record indicated he … Continue reading

Search of the week!

William contacted me to assist with obtaining certificates for his citizenship application.  He had a copy of his Grandfather Fiorindo’s passport but he had been unsuccessful in finding a copy of the birth certificate in the on-line records. I checked, and sure enough, it wasn’t there.  How could the town have issued a passport, itemizing … Continue reading