Conscription began in 1865 for all males age 18 in some parts, however 1873 for most parts. Includes all males born 1855 to present. Referred to as "registro di leva" (conscription records)
Two copies made, held at: Military archive of the military district. Initially provided to the "procura della repubblica" and after 75 years provided to the State Archive.
State Archive has records of each military district within the province boundaries. Records contain: Name Parents name Commune of residence Birth date Commune of birth Vocation Ability to read/write Physical description Draft boards determination of eligibility
Letter Requesting Conscription Records: Addressed to the Archive Director (Archivio di Stato di (province of interest (i.e. Bari) Provide as much information re the person as possible (same rules as requesting birth, marriage, or death record information) Provide a reason for the request. Request their suggestion for further research in records peculiar to their region. Request a copy of the document - it may contain some additional information you haven't requested.
since military records prior to 1870 are located in the provincial Military district archives you might wish to send an e-mail to Central military archives in Rome first and if negative then to the Provincial military offices.
I know but hope springs eternal! I have not called my contacts in Utah to see how far along the bureaucracy we are at!. Thanks for reminding me since cosmic moments erase my mental calendar as it were. =Peter=