johnnyonthespot wrote:Let me add concerning Ann's comment, that many of my lines seem to reach a partial dead-end in the 1810's / 1820's with an atti di nascita which lists the father as ignoto and gives the child his/her mother's surname.
So, perhaps morals were a bit looser in that time and place, or, as Ann suggested, the marriages weren't officially recognized by the state. When did civil records become mandatory in Cosenza?
Where has Peter Timber been hiding? I would expect him to jump in with the answer to this last question.
Maybe the moral costumes has suffered from the various wars, with the French invasion and so on. 3 year of almost civil war in Campania and Calabria from 1806 to 1809. And you know what wars bring...