A preliminary version of the database is now browsable online. Please note that this list is meant to aid personal research and its reproduction for aims other than personal use is forbidden by the author. Every family has a unique identifier (number in bold font on the left), which is referred to as "Codice Famiglia" (= family code). Then, on the same line as the Codice Famiglia, we find the Father, the date of the wedding (when available), and the Mother. Under the Father's name, his family of origin is indicated with a number (Fam. di provenienza Marito). The same structure applies to the Mother's name, with her family of origin indicated right below her name. Finally, the children are listed. When the family of origin is equal to 0, it means that it is impossible to reach back further. Some families have been completed (Berardi, Campanelli, Del Torto, Di Fiore, Di Martino, Di Placido, Di Placito, Di Tullio, Di Vito, Fasani, Funaro, Paolantonio, and Scarpitti). Some others are being curated at the moment and are soon to be published (Ciarlone, D'Agostino, D'Evoli, Di Benedetto, Di Bucci, Di Fabrizio, Gioiosa).
Antonio Gaetano Lombardi (in the picture), a self-taught genealogist from Roccasicura, and his friend Mariano, a superb computer scientist, created a digital archive of the marriages recorded in Roccasicura between 1809 and 1930.
This database provides the opportunity to draw partial family reconstructions relatively quickly. When we say
partial we mean that we are not able to trace people that died or left Roccasicura before getting married or that did not get married at all. All the others are in the database. The database also holds information about the job of bride and groom which adds another dimension to the reconstruction.
We helped several people to find their roots and, in some cases, we could reach back up to the seventh generation. In some other cases we were also able to integrate the data from the Marriage Records with the data from the Emigration Records. We traced many personal stories of emigration, some of which very touching. We marveled at the courage of our people and this website is dedicated to them for their names deserve to be remembered.
I would like to endorse Mr. Antonio Di Ruccio as an outstanding genealogical resource in the Isernia, Molise area of Italy. Antonio was able to take a minimal amount of information that I had about my Italian ancestors and find the family roots in Roccasicura. I was especially impressed with the number of authentic records that he was able to find on my Great-Great grandparents and their children. I hope to visit Roccasicura later this year and meet with Antonio and his family.- W. Collins, USA
If you think your roots might be here, please check whether your surname is listed in the table of surnames . If it is not, it is very unlikely that your ancestors came from here. Nonetheless you are very welcome to keep browsing and to come and visit Roccasicura. If your surname is in the table of surnames, please contact us and we will check whether we have records that can match. We hope we can help. Please bear in mind that it might require some research and therefore some time. This is not a service, in the sense that we do it for free so you should be active in the research too, to maximise the quality of the genealogic reconstruction.
Roberta Lombardi, daughter of Antonio Gaetano, graduated from the University of Bologna with a work entitled
A DIGITAL ARCHIVE OF THE MARRIAGE RECORDS KEPT IN THE HISTORICAL ARCHIVE OF THE VILLAGE OF ROCCASICURA. In the picture on the left, Antonio Gaetano congratulates Roberta on the day of her graduation. Roberta studied the digital archive and presented a thesis project in which she elucidated the architecture of the database. She also discussed how to interrogate the database and which kind of outputs it can create. Her work received very enthusiastic reviews and we are currently evaluating the perspective of making the database browsable on-line. This will require some work but we will try to do it in the near future. In the next paragraph Roberta summarizes her thesis work.
Archives are commonly perceived as dusty, unfriendly places and this is because often, if not always, the records they harbour were not produced to serve
future users but rather to accomplish legal and administrative ends.
Only after a certain number of years the documents acquire high historical interest and it is then that archivists and scholars find themselves facing the challenge of retrieving information from archives.
Obviously, time leaves its mark and documents do collect a lot of dust when they survive fires, earthquakes, floods or - sometimes worse than natural disasters - negligence. Furthermore, the files are almost never in a chronological order as they easily get displaced. Therefore historical research through archives, altough very exciting, can be very daunting.
The work of data collection and organization carried out by Antonio Gaetano started several years ago and it is still ongoing. The
digitalization of the marriage records archive greatly increases the accessibility of information and makes the life of historians and archivists much easier as it permits a much more rapid and dust-free consultation of the records. The choice of the marriage records was motivated by the intention of creating a relational database that enabled us to quickly reconstruct families. Equal importance was assigned to women and men therefore matrilineal as well as patrilineal lineages can be delineated.
We believe that this work will benefit the emigrants (second and third generation) that come back to
la Rocca and go to the Town Hall looking for their ancestry, sometimes with a very faint clue, like a name written on a piece of paper. This database enhances the likelihood that such clue becomes a seed... On the other hand, this work benefits our community too because emigration is part of our own history, past and present. Importantly, our data can also be used for demographics, onomastics and statistics studies.