Contacting your ancestral village is an important step in learning about your heritage. Many of the villages in Trentino have documents and resources dating to the 1500s. Luckily, some have posted current and historic photos, which can show you life then and now, lending insight to your family history. Below are links to some of the villages’ online pages (emphasis is on the villages of Val di Non), each of which have email contacts — just like anywhere else, the person reading your email may or may not be responsive. Although the village sites are usually written only in Italian, portions of the sites are easily identifiable, and browsing through them will be informative.
This listing is a work in progress — I will be adding to the list as time passes.
Andalo – Franco Dalfovo has expertly blended his family name history from the 1500s with the history of the village, and emigration of many residents to Brazil.
Baselga di Pine
Brez – contains a history, village street map, and photos dating from 1909. Many emigrants from this village (Albertini, Anselmi, Avanzini, Corazza, Magagna, and Zuech) went to Rock Springs, WY and nearby areas to work in the mines.
Bresimo – an ancient village northwest of the city of Cles, with the “frazioni” of Baselga, Bevia, and Fontana, Bresimo is the birthplace of my Pancheri ancestors. The village is also the site of the 13th century Castel Altaguardia, which was substantially destroyed in a fire in 1639 .
Cloz – This is the official village site, and includes a history of the village, including abstracts from historic books and photos from the early 1900’s.
Coredo – An additional site has been established for the villages of Coredo and Tavon, containing photographs from the 1920s to current, a virtual museum visit, and history. Near the village center is the Palazzo Nero, which was set afire during the peasant rebellions.
Fondo – In 1996, the village commissioned a book entitled “Quella era la vita allora”, I racconti degli anziani di Fondo, Tret, e Vasio, by Marco Romano. The book (written in Italian) is a collection of interviews with 47 village senior citizens detailing aspects of life in the village and remembrances of years past, stories of growing up in the area, etc.
Preghena — many photos (old and new), stories of generations past, rural jobs and occupations of our ancestors.
Romeno – Memorie E Cronache di Romeno, by Andrea Graiff is a 349 page book (in Italian) detailing the history, culture, and families of Romeno. The book contains many old and new photos of the village and residents. You may be able to order a copy from the village.
Scurelle – completely destroyed by artillery bombardment and fire during World War I, the village was reconstructed in the 1920’s.
Storo – In the early 1800’s, the village priests began compiling family and genealogical histories. The village is willing to share information with descendents of Storo families.
Taio – an overview of the comune and its frazioni (Dermulo, Dardine, Mollaro, Tuenetto, Segno, and Torra).
Tassullo – Along with Campo Tassullo, Pavillo, and Rallo, these ancient villages in the northern Val di Non are known as “Le Quattro Ville”. My Pilati ancestors are from Rallo and Tassullo