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 am still trying to trace my great grandfathers family and to date have had no luck in Australia through the archives here. Name Giuseppe Amendola born 1858, so I am assuming that he may have been fishing before he reached Australia in 1888. He was listed as a fisherman here,but I am unable to locate any form of record.I got this information fron the voters list here
Ive taken the earliest possible age as 18 which would mean looking around 1876. Have located the largest population of Amendolas around Napoli and then have looked at Calabria.
Are there any lists kept of fisherman during this time?
If you point me in the right direction I am happy to do the research and emailing.
Once again thank you for your help
I believe that this record could be interesting for you:
finally I have got some information,but not form the Archives.Instead from the historical society.
Guiseppe Amendola Born in Amalfi 1857.Father Nicholas Amendola Mother
Maria Vitel,unable to give the birth dates.Father was a sea captain.
According to records he travelled to France 1884 with the authority of the Port of Castellemore.
In 1836 Naples and all of Southern Italy and Sicily was under the control of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (under Boubon control) and before 1815 Naples and that same area was under Napoleonic control with Sicily being independent.
Napoleon established civil record keeping, a civil service (shades of the mining engineer Fayol who established Bureaucracy) and created civil order. Thus by 1836 a title of able seaman would be recorded either in an identity certificate or work related document necessary in order to go to sea. This is conjecture on my part. =Peter=
An interesting book that you may enjoy, Peter.
Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky.
The relevance to Italian genealogy is nil, but why not...
Searching for my great x3 grandfather Raffaele CIACCIA, also known as Raphael/Ralph CHURCH. He was born in Napoli around 1792 and arrived in London before 1812 with his brother Saverio CIACCIA, where they married sisters Ann and Jane FURNEAUX. He switched between CHURCH and CIACCIA all his life, which has made it difficult enough to pin him down. I want to find his origin in Italy.
I will make it a point to browse the book since you make it somewhat tantlizing knowing what I periphrally know about the historic roots of Cod Fishing off the grand banks, flemish banks et all off the coast of New Foundland. Alas my knowledge starts with the portuguese. =Peter=