State of the Family Record

Many genealogical bloggers and writers suggest that you write to the town for this record.  They will tell you that you may not get it, but if you do, it will be full of wonderful information. The Stato Civile office handles legal, civil, records.  Birth, marriage and death registration, citizenship applications and the electoral rolls. … Continue reading

Land ownership and Wills

Italians are very jealous about land ownership as a general rule, when family members emigrated communication was often non-existent or at least only lasted until either the immigrant or their parents died. On death, Italian law is very specific about who inherits the land.  It should be divided equally among the children (if the wife … 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!

William contacted me to assist with obtaining certificates for his citizenship application.  He had a copy of his Grandfather Fiorindo’s passport but he had been unsuccessful in finding a copy of the birth certificate in the on-line records. I checked, and sure enough, it wasn’t there.  How could the town have issued a passport, itemizing … 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

Search of the week – San Vincenzo Valle Roveto, Collelongo and Luco dei Marsi

Fred had wanted to meet some of his Italian ancestors for several years and had even visited his ancestral hometown of Luco dei Marsi and talked to someone with the same surname without confirming a relationship. This time he asked for my help and our research came up with some names of people who were … Continue reading

Search of the week – Fumone, Frosinone

Fumone, population today 80 (yes 80) permanent residents.  Ancestry.com has more than 150 persons on its passenger lists giving Fumone as their place of origin. Famous for its medieval castle and the Prison of Pope Celestino V, today it has boutiques and restaurants that live off the local and foreign tourists who come here for … Continue reading

Salerno records now on-line!

The Italian Government website http://www.antenati.san.beniculturali.it announced today that it has uploaded civil records for the Province of Salerno. September 18, 2017 State Archive of Salerno We’re glad to inform you that uploading procedures for Salerno have been completed. On Portale Antenati are now accessible 5.938.681 images belonging to 55.973 registries, from 1809 to 1946. For … Continue reading

Search of the week in Supino

Avery’s mother and her two siblings together with their spouses were making a trip to Italy and wanted to visit the town of origin of their parents.   Avery had visited Supino a few years ago by taking the train, arriving in the early afternoon and finding everything closed.  She wanted to make sure that … Continue reading

Search of the Week

Marc contacted us to search his Castellucci family from Sora.  He had enough detail to get us started and we were able to take his family back in a direct line to the late 1700’s with no problem. As I reviewed the information we had gathered I had a feeling I had researched this family … Continue reading