Italian History and Culture

For the last few years, Google Books has been dig­i­tiz­ing thou­sands of books con­tained in Ital­ian libraries. Through this resource one can often find old­er, out-of-copy­right, and genealog­i­cal­ly use­ful books.

I am going to high­light a few of these man­u­scripts which can be used as a means of edu­cat­ing one­self about the his­to­ry and cul­ture of our ances­tors. Addi­tion­al­ly, it can be used to put his­tor­i­cal back­ground into our fam­i­ly his­to­ry sto­ries.

Un Cen­si­men­to Del­la Cit­ta’ di Roma …[A Cen­sus of the City of Rome…] by Mar­i­ano Armelli­no (free e‑book) — Actu­al names of indi­vid­u­als can be found in this resource and occa­sion­al­ly ref­er­ences to their occu­pa­tions.

Isto­ria Del­la Famiglia Trin­ci [His­to­ry of the Trin­ci Fam­i­ly] by Durante Dorio (free e‑book) — Par­tic­u­lar­ly help­ful to those with Trin­ci ances­tors.

Dizionario topografi­co del­la Sicil­ia [Topo­graph­i­cal Dic­tio­nary of Sici­ly] by Vito Maria Ami­co (free e‑book) — Con­tains small his­to­ries of many of the island’s towns.

Sto­ria di Reg­gio di Cal­abria...[His­to­ry of Reg­gio di Cal­abria…] by Domeni­co Spano’ Bolani (free e‑book) — Good to put cul­tur­al and his­tor­i­cal con­text in your fam­i­ly his­to­ry, if your ances­tors came from this city.