Rest in Peace – well for a while

French cemetery at Venafro Most of Southern Italy is very mountainous and this makes arable land very precious for growing crops and grazing animals. It leaves very little land suitable for cemeteries’ and burials. Prior to Napoleon’s conquering of Italy bodies were interred in the crypt below the church floor. There was a strict order … Continue reading

Seasons Greetings Newsletter 2022

Season’s Greetings for 2022 It’s been another strange year and not much has changed.  The virus continues to mutate, and in the meantime, we continue to work from home, wear masks, and try to get through another year.  Thank you for your support and patience. Research has been high on many people’s priority list and … Continue reading

Gallinaro 1750 death by boce

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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

Oldest business in the world-Agnone

The Marinelli Pontifical Bell Foundry in Agnone, near Isernia, in the Province of Molise is the oldest bell foundry in the world and the second oldest family business in the world, and is still run by descendants of the original Marinelli Family. In Agnone the tradition of smelting and moulding metals is 2,500 years old, … Continue reading

Surnames of Italy

Italians are finally catching up with the rest of the world in the realm of surnames.  350,000 surnames can be found in Italy, the highest number of different surnames in one country in the world.  In Italy up to 2016 it was not legally possible to have more than one surname. I can hear the … Continue reading

13 May 1814 Freed from Napoleon’s tyranny

In both Civil and Parish records there is often a lack of registers between 1809 and 1820. When Napoleon conquered Italy he not only established the keeping of civil records across the nation but he also confiscated parish records in order to know how many baby boys were being baptized in the parish. He didn’t … 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