Charcoal burners of Alatri and the Valle della Femmina Morta

A ‘carbonaro’ is someone who makes his living making charcoal from carbonizing wood. The finished product was used for iron smelting (making pots and church bells), glassmaking and working precious metals (gold and silver jewellery). The men led a lonely life since they must stay near to the kiln to control the ‘burn’ although those … Continue reading

Here we grow again!

Please welcome Gian Mariano Cianchetti to our team. He is currently finishing his Master’s degree in archival digitization so is very experienced in archival (parish records) especially in the Papal (Vatican) States. Since he is well known in the Diocese and to the various parish priests you can expect excellent research results from Gian Mariano.  … Continue reading