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

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

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

How to search the Antenati site

The ‘search’ function on Ancestry, family search and the Antenati site is a place to start but don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t produce any results.  The indexing project is far from complete and even though ‘your’ names may appear to come up in the search it doesn’t mean they are the right family. Sometimes … Continue reading

Using Facebook for Genealogy

There are many Facebook pages that focus on Italian Genealogy and there are lots of people helping out with translations and giving guidance on where to find the records. Antenati – il portale del SAN is the Facebook page for antenati and they try to keep us updated with their uploading progress.  Unfortunately the text … 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

Local newspapers, obituaries and local history books

Rick asked me to check local newspapers as part of my search for his family history, for stories about the family and obituaries.  If only…… Even today, in the small towns in Italy you will not find a local newspaper.  Maybe a page in the regional edition of the national newspaper but nothing that comes … Continue reading

Search of the Week – Fontana Liri

Anastasia asked us to research her family in Fontana Liri.  This town played a big part in WW2 because it has a gunpowder factory in the lower valley which was very useful to the German invaders.  As a result the townspeople suffered greatly.  The old town, high up on the tip of the mountain overlooks … Continue reading

POLSINELLI (Pulsinelli) family of the Province of Frosinone

The Polsinelli family  begins with Giovan Giacomo born in 1540 in Arpino.  He had five sons, all married but only one had descendants that stayed in Arpino.  It was from his son Fabio that all the Polsinelli in Sora, Isola del Liri, and Broccostella etc. descend.  Professor Rocco De Cesare (now deceased) of Arpino created … Continue reading

Search of the week – More of a curiosity!

While searching the Stato d’Anime of 1843 for a client I came to the final pages where the recorder had written the names of the local Sacerdote (priests)  followed by the Chierici (administrative priests, assistant’s to the priests, clerks etc.), then the Chierici coniugati (married clerks), Chierici Vedove (widowed clerks) and finally Chierici bigami (bigamous … Continue reading