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Giuseppe Garibaldi
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This is the name we gave to the most basic genealogical research that can be carried-out throughout the entire Italian State. This research is based upon on the civil status registers of the Kingdom of Italy from 1866 until the early 1900s, and presumably allows reaching the ancestors of the early 1800s. In some cases, the civil status begins in 1861, while in other cases, such as Rome, the former Papal States, the civil status begins in 1871. This research develops around the registers of birth, marriage, death and citizenship, looking for the direct ascending, patrilinear or matrilinear line, with the optional addition of collaterals. This is a type of research which serves to lay down the foundations for further studies. It is also the least expensive, although the results do not allow us to go back a long way (this research can be integrated with all other research) on the timeline.
Murat
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In application of the Napoleonic code, the civil status was established by Gioacchino Murat, king of Naples, in application off the decrees of 11 and 29 October 1808. Previously, the records of baptisms, marriages and deaths were kept by the priests; from then on, they were prohibited from giving baptism and wedding blessings without the presentation of the certificate of the civil status. After the restoration of King Ferdinand I of Bourbon, in May 1815, the Officer of the civil status, was ordered to take note of baptism and wedding blessings only upon the presentation of the certificates that the priests were required to send to their respective municipalities. This huge amount of documents from 1809 to 1865 constitutes the possibility of conducting a genealogical research that allow us to trace back ancestors between the first and second half of the eighteenth century, and sometimes even in the late seventeenth century. It is one of the most complete searches, slightly more expensive, but it can give great satisfaction. This can be combined with all other researches although this particular one, may exclusively be used for ancestors coming from countries and provinces of the former Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (Southern Italy, including Sicily and Sardinia).
Carlo VII di Borbone
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The Catasto Onciario Land Registry, is the forerunner of today's land registers; it represents the implementation of the rules dictated by King Charles VII of Bourbon in 1753-54 for a tax reorganization of the kingdom of Naples, which was designed and directed by Bernardo Tanucci. Here we may find various pieces of information useful for genealogical reconstruction. Some of the elements found are: the various categories of taxpayers (citizens of the city or foreigners, widows and virgins, ecclesiastics and lay citizens, etc.), their property, and the revelations, in which the head of the family described the composition of his household. Often the land registers also reported the Status Animarum of the year in which they had been filled-in. This research can be combined with all the researches we offer, and is only valid for the countries and provinces under the former Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
Papa Paolo III
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The oldest records usually available are the certificates of birth and baptism, marriage and death, drafted and kept in the churches. The obligation to keep record of these parish registers was established by the Council of Trento, convened by Pope Paul III (in the16th century). The Status Animarum were also often kept in the parishes or diocesans’ archives, in which individuals stated the members of their households. These records were generally drafted annually, on the occasion of Easter and the visit to the houses for the blessing. This amount of material allows to reconstruct even very complex genealogical trees and, where all the documents have been preserved, it is possible to trace through the records, even up to the early fifteenth century. This type of research is done upon request, can also include ancestor collaterals (agnatic research), can follow and be combined with the Basic package and is valid for all Italy.
Notar Iacopo da Lentini
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When the possibilities of genealogical research seem to vanish, or when you want to go as far back as possible in time, looking for wills and marriage chapters, the notarial archive comes in handy. These are all those documents drawn-up by a notary according to the forms prescribed by law: with them, the notary attested legally and publicly the facts and legal acts that took place in his presence. The production of the notarial deeds started from the thirteenth century, but in the majority of the cases, the documents preserved today are at the most of the fourteenth century. This is certainly the longest, most difficult and most expensive research, but it is the only one that allows us to go where the other documents stop. This search can be added to the Medium package and is already included in the Advanced one. to complete the documentation. These documents are a completion to what can currently be found in Italian archives.
Enrico Toti
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This research is complementary to the others, and is useful to search for all the males examined in the military age, military ancestors, and war heroes. These drafts, contain the lists of all males who had reached the age prescribed for the military check-up, all residing in a particular municipality. The drafting age varied according to the time periods, but mostly between the 17th and 18th year of age. Here the results of the visit of the army service are recorded. To this documentation can be added the one on the service record book, with the military matricular roles, containing the data of the men enrolled in the military service. For each soldier, the role reports the body, the serial number, the date of enrollment, the ranks, the medals, the penalties imposed and any desertions. Here the military was registered from the time the service began.
Enrico Fermi (dual citizenship)
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In Italy there is the jus sanguinis, meaning the right to obtain the Italian citizenship (or dual nationality) if an Italian is present amongst his direct ancestors. There is no limit of generations (the ancestor could also have lived in the eighteenth century or earlier), but there are different conditions that need to be respected (for example, women transfer citizenship to children only if born after 1948, otherwise it is necessary to convene a trial). Considering the high rate of emigration registered in Italy at the beginning of the twentieth century, directed especially towards the United States and South America, many people aspire to obtain Italian citizenship. In order to apply for Italian citizenship, it is necessary to demonstrate without any doubt, that you are descended from an Italian ancestor, and to do this, you must compose your direct family tree first with the local documents and, finally, with the national ones: certificates of birth, marriage or, when not available (because they are too remote) with baptism or marriage certificates issued by the Dioceses. The documents must be stamped and signed by the competent officer or by the church of reference; once obtained, they must be submitted in original (hard copy) to the Italian Consulate of your country. The cost of this service varies greatly, and depends on "how much information" you know about your Italian ancestor: if for example, you know for certain, the year and municipality of birth. The cost of this research is variable.
Heraldry and family crest
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Heraldry was born around the 11th century. It is the auxiliary science of history that is focused on the study of the families’ or institutions’ crests, and analyzes its description, which is called blazon. Starting more or less from the fifteenth century, various heraldists began to collect and draw the coats of arms of families (generally noble ones) in organic works, called coat of arms, crest s or armorial. Thanks to these works, the most important of which are kept in public or private archives, it is possible to search for the coat of arms that belonged to a given family. Crests have never been the prerogative only of the nobles, but also of guilds and craft guilds, and of anyone who wanted to adopt one: there can, in fact, also be coats of arms of citizenship or bourgeois. Together with the surname, the coat of arms, is very often another important element of family distinction. It is the emblem that distinguishes it, with the illustrated history of the surname. When the coats of arms recall directly, through heraldic figures, the family surname (eg: a lion to identify the Leone family), the coat of arms or "weapon", it is called "speaking". The heraldry search is valid for the entire Italy and can be carried out and added, as option, to each search package.