Orphanages in Sicily?

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Orphanages in Sicily?

Postby amayfaire » 24 Jul 2011, 21:15

Looking for birth and orphanage records for Napoleon Napoleone, who gave himself this name after being released from an orphanage in Sicily (probably in the Alia vicinity). Does anyone know the best way to access birth records or orphanage records in Sicily? I've also been told there is a book about this topic, but cannot locate the citation.

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Re: Orphanages in Sicily?

Postby Harleygrrl » 25 Jul 2011, 02:05

Do you mean there is a book about orphanage records/how to obtain them? I read about this book but not sure it's what you mean:
"If you want to learn about these millions of children abandoned in
Italy, the foundling homes, the wheels, the circumstances of the parents
and those babies [90-95% died in their first year], read the book
"Sacrificed for Honor" by D. Kertzer. It's specifically about Italian
infant abandonment and is a real eye-opener."

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Re: Orphanages in Sicily?

Postby Italysearcher » 25 Jul 2011, 09:02

If he was born with a different name that you don't know how will you find his birth record in the orphanage. Birth records are kept in the town 'anagrafe' office. You can call yourself by any name you choose but to get travel documents, passport, marriage etc you would need a document in your original name. The copy they give you (valid for 6 mnths only ) MIGHT have a reference to the name he is known by (AKA) but it is unlikely this would be noted on the original.
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