I'd be grateful for help in understanding parts of this foundling birth record. In the index, Maria Rosa is the fifth name down in the far left column. In the very next column, where parents' names are usually written, I can only read:
Ed essendosene fatta, e sottoscritta la formale dichiarazione
la nostra presenza, e de' testimonj, che sono [Francesco Paolo
la Porta di anni trenta, professione speciale manuale, (Is the occupation a "special manual laborer"?)
domiciliante in detta Comune Strata Purgatorio, e Pietro (Could that really be the street name?)
Antonio Ciavarella di anni cinquantadue professione
__?___, strada orto di Monaco, dopo di che se n'Ã¨ fatta
lettura alli testimonj ed alla ___?___ che _?__ __?__
Ã¨ stato il processo verbale sottoscritto dalli testimonj, e
da noi; ed il portatore na detto di non saper scrivere]
If you mean, have I been on the road to hell, then yes - more than a few times.
Google maps has only a single Strada Purgatorio in all of Italy; it is in Ostellato Ferrara in Emilia Romagna. A relatively short road, running through some beautiful farmland. Deosn't look particularly hellish to me. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Strada+Pu ... 1&t=h&z=15
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I actually have a 4th great grandmother who died on via Purgatorio in the town of Menfi in Agrigento Province, Sicily, in 1865. The street must have been renamed, as it does not appear in a current street map for the town. I too was shocked when I first saw that street name in a record, particularly in a death record.