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Biccari (Province Foggia) Italy

1 Mar

Many surnames in Biccari have roots that extend into the 1500s in that town. Luckily, church records do exist, so that extensive genealogical research is possible.  Civil records are available for 1809-1829.  The 1746 census of Biccari (Catasto Onciario) survives at the regional archives in Naples, Italy.  The Pallante Center can arrange for this to be searched.  It will show the head of the family, his age and occupation, his wife’s name and age, list of children’s names and ages, and also will indicate other household members, such as a parent  (with a mother’s maiden surname and notation if she is a widow), and also if a sibling of the head of the family is living in the same household.  It can help you see the big picture in the mid 1700s and how many families with your surname existed then.  Surname spellings may have changed as people emigrated out to various new lands.  It is important to consider alternate spellings when researching ship records, census and other records outside of Italy.  Often if the immigrant was not literate, they just kept the spelling as it was written for them in the new location.  Sometimes they went with a new spelling on purpose because they thought it would help them fit in better in their new homeland.  The Pallante Center has put together many Biccari family trees.  We are currently working on the Basile family, who immigrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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