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

Family Search and the Antenati site digitization program

Susan asked if we might know when and which records might be posted on the above sites.  No one can know for sure but here is my assessment of the situation. Family Search typically do their digitizing at the State Archives and the Tribunal not in the towns themselves. This means they are restricted to … Continue reading

Search of the week – Brick wall in Arpino

Vincenzo is approaching 90 and ready to put the finishing touches on his family history project.  He had completed all he could do on all lines except his OWN surname.  He visits relatives in Italy regularly and over the last few years has often dropped by to discuss his latest findings and ask for guidance.  … Continue reading

An interesting document from 1811

  On 13 December 1811 in a town named Schiavi (now known as Fontechiari) a list was created of all male inhabitants of the town over the age of 15 years in 1811, including vagabonds, temporary residents or travelers.  This is a comprehensive list which includes the person’s title, name and surname, date of birth … Continue reading

Search of the week- the GEDCOM file

This past few weeks saw us working in Arpino, Alvito, Sora and San Donato.  We were able to take family trees back into the parish records, providing digital images of the records and adding the detail on the sources we used so you can record the images correctly in your family tree program, and providing … 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

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