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  1. Casa Italia Chicago Joins the Italian Ancestors Project

    Casa Italia - logoThe Italian Ancestors Project is pleased to announce that Casa Italia, the Italian Cultural Center located in Stone Park, IL, has become a project sponsor. ...Read more

    Friday, February 15, 2013—Rob Goates

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Italian Populations In The World

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Interesting Dates Influencing Italian Record Keeping

1300s-1600s

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.

1543

The Council of Trent required parishes to begin keeping records.

1559-1713

Spain ruled most of Italy.

1713

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

1796

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

1804-1815

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

1814

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

1821-31

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

1848-1849

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.

1858-1859

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.

1860

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

1861

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.

1866

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.

1870-1871

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.

1911

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

1915-1918

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

1922

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

1939-1946

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.

1947

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.

1954

Trieste was given to Italy in a treaty with Yugoslavia.

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  1. Francesco Teodosi
    Francesco Teodosi

    Ciao a tutti vorrei sapere cosa scrivere sul comune di nascita Reggio o Reggio Calabria questa è l'immagine dell'atto grazie

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    July 27 5:07am

  2. Walter Zafarana Stefania Controzorzi
    Walter Zafarana Stefania Controzorzi

    PORTALE ANTENATI 28 Luglio 2015 Nuovi indici dei nomi Sono stati caricati gli indici dei nomi per: Bari: registri di nati dal 1800 al 1900 Caltanissetta: registri di nati dal 1820 al 1907, morti dal 1809 al 1930 Genova: registri di nati dal 1800 al 1899 Mantova: registri di nati dal 1762 al 1900, di morti dal 1787 al 1912, di matrimoni dal 1791 al 1908 Pescara: registri dei nati dal 1809 al 1909 Urbino: registri di nati dal 1803 al 1903 July 28, 2015 New names uploaded New indexes of names uploaded for: Bari: registers of births from 1800 to 1900 Caltanissetta: registers of births from 1820 to 1907, deaths from 1809 to 1930 Genvoa: registers of births from 1800 to 1899 Mantova: registers of births from 1762 to 1900, deaths from 1787 to 1912, marriages 1791-1908 Pescara: registers of births from 1809 to 1909 Urbino: registers of births from 1803 to 1903

    July 28 11:52pm

  3. Mauro Favilli
    Mauro Favilli

    Ogni settimana vi ho voluto tenere informati sull'avanzamento del progetto di indicizzazione del Rione di Pescara....Spero di non avervi annoiato troppo e a 2 settimane dal termine vorrei condividere con voi compagni di viaggio anche il terz'ultimo report. Risultati della settimana appena trascorsa : Obbiettivo 1.580 nomi Consuntivo 2.856 nomi Perc. 181% Indicizzatori attivi nel rione 25. Il caldo ci fa bene :-D . Abbiamo fatto la migliore settimana di sempre ad esclusione della prima. Numeri STRATOSFERICI grazie a fratelli e sorelle che si sono impegnati davvero tanto. Gordon, Carolina, Franca, Vincenzo hanno triplicati gli impegni presi e tanti di noi hanno mantenuto fede al loro carico settimanale. A soli 12 giorni dalla fine del progetto comincio già a ringraziarvi per l'enorme lezione di fede e di dedizione che mi avete dato e che sarà di esempio per tanti.Intanto prendete la vostra agenda e segnate in rosso il giorno 22 Agosto....è un sabato e sarà la nostra festa presso le sorgenti del Pescara....vedrete...sarà meraviglioso come sempre. E adesso tenete duro....siamo a 12 cm dal filo di lana. <3

    July 28 2:12pm

  4. Anna Malvagia Bordin Bissi
    Anna Malvagia Bordin Bissi

    nella costa di questo record c'è la legittimazione da parte dei genitori della bambina. Riuscite a capire il cognome della madre? Si chiama Filomena ma il cognome mi sfugge. Batch 501435544.

    June 23 7:47am

  5. Nuccia Romano Cabrini
    Nuccia Romano Cabrini

    Se in un bach trovo atto datato 2 settembre e la data della morte è ieri l'altro cosa scrivo? Lo so che è una domanda stupida ma vorrei il vostro parere. Grazie

    June 4 9:19pm

  6. Erica Battezzato
    Erica Battezzato

    Fratelli , chiedo scusa per i video postati , non sono stata io ovviamente , sta girando questo virus , state attenti ! Buona domenica

    July 26 2:28pm

  7. Campamento MJ Slrc
    Campamento MJ Slrc

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    July 27 5:11am

Famous Italians

Dante Alighieri, detail from Luca Signorelli's fresco, Chapel of San Brizio, Orvieto Cathedral.
Dante Alighieri, detail from Luca Signorelli's fresco, Chapel of San Brizio, Orvieto Cathedral.
Posthumous portrait of Christopher Columbus by Sebastiano del Piombo. There are no known authentic portraits of Columbus.
Posthumous portrait of Christopher Columbus by Sebastiano del Piombo. There are no known authentic portraits of Columbus.
Self-portrait in red chalk, circa 1512 to 1515.
Portrait of Michelangelo by Jacopino del Conte (after 1535) at the age of 60.
Giovanni Caselli.
Francesco Cirio.
Giacomo Puccini.
Jacuzzi Family
Andrea Bocelli
Michael Bublé
Samuel Alito
Samuel Alito
Manu Ginóbili
Lionel Messi

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