I have been able to identify my ancestors, thanks to the great help of this forum, and I am now reading about the reasons for the great migration of people in the 1850's onwards. My great grandparents found their way to Alexandria, Egypt. I think one side may have left for religious reasons.
I found this online about Antonio Massari, who I think might be my great grandfather x2
" Fu voluntario nella 2a Colonna parmanese nella campagna risorgimentale del 1848. Perseguitato per le sue idee democratiche, subi con incrollabile fortezza il carcere e le vergate.
FONTI E BIBL:Gazetta di Parma 7 agosto 1896, n. 216; G.Siti, il Risorgimento Italiano, 1915,412
My question is could this be the sort of reason people left Italy? My limited understanding is that he was persecuted for ideological reasons?
Is it possible to search newspapers easily online?
Lots of questions, I look forward to hearing your views!