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

When the town doesn’t answer your request for records…

I often begin a search with a written request for the starting record.  Usually the birth of the last person born in Italy.  This ensures that I am starting the search in the right place. The town clerk has the right to respond to a letter, fax or email within a ‘reasonable’ time frame.  This … Continue reading

SEARCH OF THE WEEK -CATASTO ONCIARO OF SORA 1740

This week’s featured search was for the noble family Carrara of Sora.  After following the direct line using the Register of the Population and civil records we moved to the parish records of Santa Restituta where we were lucky to find a series of Stato d’Anime dated 1745-1788. Before searching the Catasto Onciaro it is … Continue reading