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  • Civil State Acts

Foto 1 - Atti Stato CivileThe filing of birth, weddings and death by the officials of the Civil State started, for the Kingdom of Naples, back in 1809. In Sicily these filing started in 1820. These acts were made in two copies, one of which had to be sent every year to the competent Court Chancellery of the territory. Therefore, still today it is possible to find these registers both at the City register Offices or at State Archives that keeps all the copies deposited at the Courts (usually until 1865 though some archives have registers up to the beginning of 20th Century). In consideration of the fact that the research of a genealogical tree goes backwards, starting from actual members of the family, it is clear that the research of civil state acts is the first stage of the research.