Search of the week – Reuniting family in Castelliri, Frosinone

This weeks’ search had two challenge’s.  Finding living relatives and taking the family tree back to the microfilms so Anthony could do some of his own research. Castelliri is a small town on the border of the Vatican States and was formerly known as Castelluccio.  Since they were just over the border, and part of … Continue reading

Search of the week – Citizenship document

Obtaining a birth certificate for citizenship purposes did not seem like a complicated thing but the client had written several times to the town and always received a negative response.  He had also written to the church with no response at all.  In frustration, he turned to me. He had in his possession the original … Continue reading

Search of the Week – James Raymond’s Italian surname?

James Raymond appeared in several US census records and even registered as an alien for WW1 with an almost legible town of birth. (For reasons of privacy I won’t name the town).  He gave his date of birth as 24 January 1890 and his parents’ first names.  No ship manifest or naturalization record had ever … 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

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

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

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

Italian census records

I see a lot of posts on message boards asking about Italian Census records.  There really aren’t any of the type you see in North America or the United Kingdom. This photo is an example of how a census was conducted.  Each person in the town had a personal record card indicating all their personal … Continue reading

A great example of interpretation.

Irene was asked to translate military documents for two brothers that covered both world war periods.  One brother had emigrated to America, the other remained with his family in Italy. The translations were relatively simple, however, there were several periods of ‘leave’ granted to one brother.  One specified that it was to await his brother’s … Continue reading

My New Assistant!

I’d like to introduce my new assistant.  Irene Palombo. Irene has a Master’s degree in history and has collaborated on several historical books.  She works part-time in the Diocese offices and has now started working in genealogy research.  She is prepared to travel which means we can now accept assignments from other areas outside of … Continue reading