Towns in Frosinone that were part of former Vatican States and their available civil records

The towns in the Province of Frosinone listed below were all formerly part of the Vatican States.  Between 1809 and until Napoleon was defeated in 1815 these towns kept civil records like all the other towns in the area controlled by Napoleon.  What happened to these records? It is said that after Napoleon’s defeat the … Continue reading

Black Friday in LAZIO!

Everybody is getting in on this Black Friday theme so I thought it might be a good time to offer some special help to those researchers who prefer to do their own research but are lacking a couple of records to get them back to the LDS records that are on film or want to … Continue reading

Ofelia – a very lucky foundling!

In Rome at 8:30am on April 24th 1908, a baby girl was born to an unnamed woman at 152 Viale Giulio Cesare . She was delivered by the midwife Carolina Zacoma, age 42 and at 1:30pm she was presented to Cavalier Vincenzo Stefanelli at the City hall where her birth was registered and she was … 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

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

The challenge: to prove (or disprove) the family story that Bartolo abandoned his wife and family in America to return to Italy between 1920-1930 for the love of a Countess.

THE FACTS: Bartolo was born in October 1869, he was found in a basket on the doorstep of Celeste (age 56) who dressed him and took him to the town office where he was given the name of Bartolo and assigned to a wet nurse for feeding. He eventually trained as a tailor. Abandoned children … Continue reading