Records Created by Italian Municipalities and Courts

The doc­u­ments cre­at­ed by Ital­ian munic­i­pal­i­ties and courts can have great val­ue to your genealog­i­cal research. Let’s take a look at the decree of Giuseppe Fedele Covi. Through this record you will see how much valu­able infor­ma­tion can be found in a resource like this.

Decree num­ber: 308

Year: 1853

The Illus­tri­ous Mag­is­trate

The under­signed, Giuseppe Fedele Covi, who resides in this city, pro­vid­ed the fol­low­ing answers to the [Magistrate’s] hum­ble ques­tions.

  1. He is a native of [the town of] Seio, Dis­trict of Tren­to in the Tiro­lo [Tyrol].
  2. He mar­ried here [in Tri­este] and is the father of three chil­dren.
  3. He has resided here [in Tri­este] since 1829.
  4. He is the own­er of gro­cery store num­ber 967, approved by Mag­is­trate Decree Num­ber 12830 on 27 Novem­ber 1852.
  5. He has nev­er been con­vict­ed [of any­thing crim­i­nal].
  6. He earns suf­fi­cient mon­ey to main­tain his fam­i­ly. 

In the hope of attain­ing the grace of all, he signs [his sig­na­ture below:]

Tri­este, 19 March 1853

Sig­na­ture of Giuseppe Fedele Covi

I here­by declare, to the praise and tri­umph of the gen­uine truth, that Giuseppe Fedele Covi, a native of Tiro­lo and son of the liv­ing Nicoló Covi, was employed in my shop in his youth, from the end of 1829 until the last months of 1833. Dur­ing his ser­vice to me, he behaved with great will­ing­ness and activ­i­ty and was well known for his hon­esty. I here­by place my sig­na­ture and seal in the pres­ence of two wit­ness­es.

Tri­este, 23 April 1836

Sig­na­ture of Gia­co­mo Anto­nio Depaul

I, Andrea Rabaux, here­by wit­ness the sig­na­ture of Mis­ter Gia­co­mo Anto­nio Depaul, which was made by his own hand [writ­ten in the hand of Andrea Rabaux, like­ly in lieu of a sig­na­ture]. 

Sig­na­ture of Gia­co­mo Augus­tin­ish, also a wit­ness to the above [sig­na­ture of Gia­co­mo Anto­nio Depaul]”[1]


This record was found in Tri­este’s Munic­i­pal Archives. More infor­ma­tion about this archive can be found here: Archiv­io Gen­erale del Comune di Tri­este

The kind of detail revealed in this record is hard to come by in oth­er genealog­i­cal resources. The record even points us to anoth­er Mag­is­te­r­i­al decree that might pro­vide fur­ther infor­ma­tion on this ances­tor and his fam­i­ly.

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[1] Tri­este, Tri­este Province, Italy, “Decret­ti [Decrees], 1853”: num­ber 3508, reg­is­ter marked 1230 and 1/9 1, Decree of Giuseppe Fedele Covi; Archiv­io Gen­erale del Comune di Tri­este [Munic­i­pal Archives for the Town of Tri­este], Via Pun­ta del Forno, n. 2, 34121 Tri­este, Italy.