A wonderful treasure from Sicily has just arrived -Caccamo and the 1500s !

20 Nov

03ScelsaGiacomo year 1584 vol 72 pg195

“Rivelli”, (census records), spanning 1584 to 1755 ! Research was done on two different surnames, and all residents by those surnames were extracted. They give the head of the family (and that person’s father), his wife, and a list of all the children and their ages. They  also mention boarders or servants residing in the house.

Following the names, the body then gets into the details about property holdings. For example, “one house of seven rooms in the quarter San Michele in Caccamo ; one land (extension two tumoli) with vineyard in the feud Ginestra ; In 1681 master Carlo owned: Equipment of shoemaker; one house in the quarter San Filippo in Caccamo, assigned to his son cleric Giuseppe; one vineyard consisting of 1500 vines in the feud San Leonardo, assigned to his son cleric Giuseppe; In 1636 Antonio son of Innocenzo owned: one little house in the quarter Castle in Caccamo; one vineyard consisting of 400 vines in the district Mandra Nuova; one she-ass [and also gives the values of each item]

Some of the collection includes notarial notes in Latin. There are 134 pages to be studied and translated. When finished it will be a great treasure to have !  Former Caccamo clients are anxiously waiting to hear if any of their ancestors are mentioned as Scelsa or Giovenco family neighbors. This is an amazing project of great excitement ! For sure the family will then want to go and see these properties in person. Research can also be done to investigate the current situation with these properties.

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