As a nation state, Italy has emerged only in 1871. Until then the country was politically divided into a large number of independant cities, provinces and islands. The currently available evidences point out to a dominant Etruscan, Greek and Roman cultural influence on today's Italians.
I've found my g2 grandparents donna domenica farruggio and salvatore nocera's wedding record from campobello di licata 1/10/1874. to my suprise her name was followed by "nobile". her parents were don leopoldo farruggio (b.1800?) and donna maria giuliana(B.1810?). i've read some info on sicilian nobility but, have found nothing that includes them specificly other than both farruggio and giuliana are noble names. my question is where do i find such records? are they untitled nobility? if they are untitled nobility will that make it more difficult to find? is untitled nobility inherited? and , how far back does such an untitle go?
leopoldo's occupation was listed as "civile" in a 1843 record and on the '74 marriage certificate "agricalatore familiata" i dont know how useful that info is. any info or recommendations are appreciated.
I would suggest you go to google.com and in the title put in Sicily Nobility (surname) genalogy and see if there are references toyour research objectives. Try variations in the title as you see fit for additonal possible leads.=Peter=