I did notice that her father was Lorenzo. What had caught my eye was the Pilozzi name. I copied about 100 records from microfiche I ordered at the Family History Center. These Valmontone records were for marriages from 1885 to 1910, and Death records for 1871 to 1883. Most of them are in poor condition, and some of the copies are very light. I will probably recopy some of the files to try and get a darker copy. The originals are negatives that I copied to positive.
After many months I see this topic. My family comes from Valmontone. If it can be of any help, Recchia and Pilozzi are very known families in the town till now. I've found a wide set of notary books, almost unknown (according to the archivist, they have been forgotten for several decades). They span from 1527 to late 1800. On the other hand, in Valmontone there are really a few items of civil record, due to the lost of WW2; may be that the Family History Center has more info than the town itself. How can I contact it?
Thank you for writing me. My main family names are Pontecorvo, Zianna, and Cucchiella. My grandparents were born in Valmontone. Any information you can give me would be appreciated. My great-great grandfather, David Pontecorvo's second wife was Caterina Recchia.
Valmontone was (and still is) a small place, being all people somehow connected. Looking for my family (Giorgi) I have found Pontecorvo also. In 1685 Domenico Pontecorvo (dead 1713?) married Vittoria Giorgi (d.1742). They had one daughter (Caterina) and one son (Giovan Battista). You can see this small branch of the family (and the connection with mine) here: http://www.familiae.it/tree.php?id=1-399 I did not follow the Pontecorvo family any more, but there are several documents about them. At present, I'm reading notary documents written in 1800s. I could mark any people related to Pontecorvo, if you like. This is not my job, I do my research once a week, usually on wednesday. The notary files I've found trace back up to mid 1500s.
Happy to have been helpful. Yes, I live in Italy, 35 miles west of Rome, while Valmontone is 35 miles south east. I lived there until 4. Now I try to merge the infos from the three topics here regarding Pontecorvo family. I see that there are three people in USA who wrote in these three topics, may be we can join all together in a single tree.
Some notes about the family names, may be you are already aware of them. Pontecorvo is the name of a town 70 miles south east of Rome, close to Cassino. It's quite probable that the family kept its name from the town. Zianna is for sure derived from "zia Anna" (Aunt Ann), not very common in Valmontone; much more common is Ziantona ("zia Antonia"; I don't know the female for Anthony, it should sound "Aunt Anthony-female"). Recchia probably comes from "Orecchia" (Ear). My surname, Giorgi, means "son of George", and I've found the George who lived in 1530(?)-1600 who gave the name to my family.
I gave a look to the "Catasto Gregoriano" records. Found 5 occurrences: Pontecorvo Lorenzo q. Mattia (1,4/2) Pontecorvo Antonio q. Francesco (2,21/1) Pontecorvo Belli Maria di Lorenzo (7,81/4) Pontecorvo Vincenzo di Antonio (14,172/1) Pontecorvo Antonio di Lorenzo (38,473/1)
The numbers are the references to the file. For example, the first line (number 1) can be found in the following file (copied today from the original website): http://www.familiae.it/gregoriano/GREBR029/001.jpg 4/2 are the references to the house/farm within the file.
The "q." means "whose father was", while "di" means "whose father is".
Having these records, we can say that in 1818 there were at least two Pontecorvo families:
Mattia (dead) | Lorenzo | Antonio and his sister Maria (married Belli)
Francesco (dead) | Antonio | Vincenzo
Please note that this is a first-attempt tree, the smallest possible one; for example, the hypothesis that Antonio and Maria are brothers cannot be confirmed with these records only.
Hi Fernanda, it's really nice to read your message and your enthusiasm. Really the same I had when I begun to search. Unfortunately Paolo Giorgi (Paolo son of Giorgio Tessitori), which was my most ancient ancestor with my family name, is not the "father" of all Giorgis in the world, only the father of us in my place, which is Valmontone, 40 Km South East of Rome. "Giorgi" is a quite common family name in Italy, there should be some 8000 people in the telephone records, not counting all the variants: De Giorgi (player of volleyball national team, for example), Di Giorgio (for example, the owner of a very known wax firm in Rome; "Di Giorgio" is the literal translation from the latin "Georgey" or "Georgii", which is the genitive of Giorgio), Giorgini, Giorgetti, Zorzi (in north-east Italy), Zorzetto, and so on. In another place very close to Valmontone (Genazzano, only 7 km away) I've found another Giorgi family, completely unrelated to mine, whose first ancestor come from Albania. Other Giorgis are in other places all around (Ferentino, Segni, Velletri) and as far as I know there are no connections among them. Regarding Lucca, North-West of Tuscany, another Giorgi family is also well known. Probably the most known of them was Luigi Giorgi, the best engraver in Italy between end 1800 and begin 1900. He was the chief engraver in the Royal Mint in Rome and many of the best medals made in Italy have his name. I believe that is quite probable that your family is connected with his one. Here is the webpage of the Lucca Mint speaking about Luigi Giorgi foundation: http://www.zeccadilucca.it/museo/categorie.asp?idcat=2 Here one medal with Luigi Giorgi name over (War in Libia, 1912):
Lucca is quite far away from my place, so I cannot help you in doing any research. However, you could try with the records of Family History Center. (https://familysearch.org/). I have found some of my data over there, for the period 1870-1910. Hope you can find more about your roots, it's a very exciting thing to do! Greetings from Italy!!