Category Archives: Culture

A Son of Tret

Over the many years I have been researching my ancestry, I have met others with similar interests.  Some have become online friends with whom I correspond and with whom I exchange information.  Others I have lost contact with over the … Continue reading

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Photos of your ancestral village

Quite a bit of information can be obtained by visiting the official and unofficial websites of our ancestral villages.  Not only do those websites contain contact information (village officials, etc), but they often contain historical and current documents which can … Continue reading

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Filo – a new resouce for Trentino culture

It has been a while since I lasted posted — life seems to get in the way at times (tax season also has a big effect).  With this post, I would like to let you know about a new resource … Continue reading

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Women in Italian Records

Maiden and family names In the US, and many other countries, when a woman marries, the tendency is to take the husband’s name (please do not take issue, offense, or anything emotional with regard to this posting — I am … Continue reading

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Pancheri family and Castel Altaguardia

Castel (castle) Altaguardia was built c. 13th century in the northwestern portion of Val di Non near its intersection with Val di Sole.  The castle was sacked during the Peasant Rebellion of 1407, and placed under seige during the Peaseant Revolt (“Rustic … Continue reading

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Surnames in Trentino

Surnames did not arise in Trentino until sometime during the early to mid 1500’s — moreso after the 1564 Council of Trent which ordered use of surnames for each individual.  Until the use of surnames, a person was generally known … Continue reading

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Trentino village churches and your ancestors

Each village in Trentino has one or more churches.  In addition to religous functions, the village church also served social and civil purposes.   Since the early 1600s, the village church was the recordkeeper for family events.  Handwritten birth, marriage, and death registers have survived in … Continue reading

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Tombstone Photographs

Prior to the early 1900’s, residents of the small villages in Trentino tended to remain there for many generations, marrying residents of their own or nearby villages.  Some of the cemeteries in Trentino are very old and therefore could be … Continue reading

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Polenta – a staple of Val di Non

As with much of rural Trentino, living conditions in Val di Non were very rustic. The houses were modest structures constructed of masonry, stone, and wood, and often had three generations living together. Mostly of two levels, outside stairs were … Continue reading

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