Italian Family History

Italy has a very important role in Jewish history and genealogy: it is located centrally on the Mediterranean sea and serves as an important crossroad and an intersection between North and South, East and West, Sephardic and Ashkenazi culture.

Unfortunately, although Italy is very rich in genealogical records and resources, there is no centrally located source.

Although some books and publications speak about “Vital Record Centers”, no one specific place exists. There has not been much interest in genealogical research and there is no central collection of civil, religious, administrative and military records for genealogical purposes. However, there are numerous places in which such records do exist.

The way the Jewish community referred to itself changed over time. Until the middle of the 19th century, the Jewish Communities were called “Nazione Ebrea”, “Governo della Nazione Ebrea”, “Nazione Israelitica”, etc. Then the terms “Universita’ Israelitica”, “Universita’ degli ebrei” came into use. In the 1930’s, the name “Comunita’ Israelitica” was introduced.

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