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.
ptimber wrote: Folr this reason I just traced my family name back to the 11th century when there was no other family from what I could gather since they were originally "I Romani i n Grecia" on the tax rolls. I uncovered historical references to political appointments and a family biography in the 18th century reflectings its minor nobility and a letter from a King to another ancesotr in 1470 granting him a coat of arms and feudal fief. Now it is safe to assume that the family immigrated from Rome and then over the years splintered until there are now less than 500 in the world. What splinter am I? I just contented myself with knowing the evolution of the family surname over a 900 year period with 6 changes. Peter
I appreciate what you are saying, but for me..the end of the line (and my interest) always lies with the furthest primary source documented ancestor. Further backward is speculation in my opinion. I am uber anal about having proof for every generation.
BTW---What is the origin of Timber anyway? Just out of curiosity.
My now deceased cat. I agree wholeheartedly that documentation is the foundation for all research and I would never assume nobility even minor though it was, unless I could verify someway. I was not able to and therefore cannot lay claim to anything but my virility, intelligence and wit. Peter