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Interesting Dates Influencing Italian Record Keeping


Italian Renaissance. This cultural movement began in Italy and spread to England, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. It was characterized by a revival in ancient Greek and Roman art and philosophy, the development of humanism, and the beginning of modern science.


The Council of Trent required parishes to begin keeping records.


Spain ruled most of Italy.


Treaty of Utrecht ended Spanish rule and established the Austrian Hapsburgs as Italy’s dominant power.


Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of France, drove the Austrian rulers from northern Italy.


Napoleon ruled most of Italy. In 1806 he began requiring that civil registration records be kept.


Napoleon was defeated. Most of Italy is returned to its former sovereigns. Civil registration ended in 1815.


A series of revolts, known as the Risorgimento, occurred against local rulers. The rebels sought political unity for Italy. These rebellions were eventually crushed.


Revolts began in every major Italian city opposing Austrian rule. New governments were established. Austria put down the revolts and regained control of the Italian cities. The pope, backed by the French army, won back Roma.


Count Cavour, prime minister of the Kingdom of Sardegna, and Napoleon III of France signed a defense agreement. To maintain its Italian holdings, Austria declared war on the Kingdom of Sardegna. French and Italian troops defeated the Austrians. Much of northern Italy was united under the Kingdom of Sardegna.


Giuseppe Garibaldi freed Sicilia, southern Italy, and the city of Napoli from the French.


After a nationwide vote, the Kingdom of Italy was formed with Vittorio Emmanuele II as king. The kingdom united all of Italy except the city of Roma, the region of Venezia, and the country of San Marino.


In exchange for Venezia, Italy supported Prussia in its war against Austria. A month later, Prussia defeated Austria, and Venezia became part of the Kingdom of Italy. Civil registration became law.


The Franco-Prussian War forced France to withdraw its troops from Roma. Italian troops conquered all of Roma except for the Vatican. The capital of Italy moves from Torino to Roma.


After a war with Turkey, Italy gained Eritrea, Italian Somaliland, and Tripoli.


Italy sided with the Allies in World War I and gained Trentino and Trieste from Austria-Hungary.


King Victor Emmanuel III made Benito Mussolini the premier of Italy. By 1925 Mussolini reigned as dictator.


Italy conquered Ethiopia. Italy and Germany agreed to be allies if war were to break out. Italy conquered Albania. Italy entered World War II on Germany’s side. Italians voted to establish a Republican form of government.


Italy signed a peace treaty at the end of World War II. As part of the treaty, Italy gave up its African empire (Libya, Italian Somaliland, and Eritrea), gave the Dodecanese Islands to Greece, and gave Albania its independence. Trieste was made a free territory that was divided into two zones under Anglo-American and Yugoslav control. Minor changes were made to the French-Italian border.


Trieste was given to Italy in a treaty with Yugoslavia.








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    Peter Marino

    I need help getting my 4rd great-grandfather's death record from FamilySearch. His name was Stefano Gallo, son of Alessandro Gallo and Maria Giuseppa Ferrante, and he died between 1861 and 1865 in Coccagna, present day Casagiove in the province of Caserta. The record collection I need has digitized images online but apparently only accessible by LDS members or at a family history center. I do not drive nor own a car so it is a hardship to get to my local center which is not close, especially just to save a single image and take less than 5 mins. It's so frustrating to have the images I need right in front of me but I cannot see them. Are there any LDS members that could log in from home and save the image of his death record for me? I'd be beyond thankful and appreciative for your kindness. The collection can be found at:

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    Hello, My grandfather Pietro Picciolo was born in 1890 in Milazzo Italy. He was married to Vincenza Sisinni 1900 also from Milazzo. Pietros father was Andrea Picciolo married to Rosaria Nastasi. Andreas father was Pietro Picciolo 1819 married to Domenica DiGiovanni. Pietros father was Giuseppe Picciolo 1802 married to Antonia Parisi. I have found many relatives in the past 6 months. I am happy to say that I have just found one living cousin from Milazzo! I am wondering if anyone on this site may be related as well? Any help is appreciated. If you have detailed questions you can email me at Ciao, Donna.

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    Antonietta Di Battista Roustit

    Buonasera a tutti, Quando l'éta é "20 non compiti", si mette 19 o si mette 20 ? Grazie per la risposta

    January 16 9:38pm

  4. Paolo Barettoni
    Paolo Barettoni

    OT... qualcuno conosce lo stato dell'archivio del Tribunale di Vigevano (Pavia)? Mi risulta che e' stato abolito qualche anno fa' ma non mi e' chiaro se i registri di Stato Civile (nascite, morti, matrimoni) siano consultabili nell'archivio storico del comune, tuttora attivo. Family Search pare non abbia microfilmato l'archivio distaccato di Vigevano prima dello smantellamento, o almeno non trovo riferimenti online. Antenati non ha nulla online, qualcuno sa' darmi qualche indicazione sullo stato e l'accessibilita'? (andro' in Italia per Giugno....) Grazie!!

    January 14 8:50pm

  5. Antonietta Di Battista Roustit
    Antonietta Di Battista Roustit

    Ho un batch da cui le immagini , tutte o quasi, sono documenti aggiuntivi ad un atto di matrimonio che era in un batch precedente e che avrebbero potuto aiutare per avere dei dati sullo sposo... Ho messo "immagine senza dati" per tutto il batch... Va bene o no ? Grazie...

    January 15 9:36pm

  6. Gabriella Scinà
    Gabriella Scinà

    atto di nascita serie B .. il primo atto è completo, il secondo si interrompe perchè continua alla pagina successiva, ma la pagina successiva non c'è perché finisce il batch ...indicizzo solo il primo atto completo o indicizzo anche i dati parziali del secondo? ed in quest'ultimo caso nel campo relativo metto vuoto?

    January 14 2:50pm

  7. Roberto Marchetto
    Roberto Marchetto

    Qualcuno mi può aiutare per capire questo nome? Grazie!


    January 12 7:16pm

  8. Erik Stauder
    Erik Stauder

    mi sapete decifrare questo cognome ? grazie


    January 5 4:51pm

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