Ritrovato from Montella

Posted by Claire on February 19, 2019 at 14:31:14:

I am looking for information on a record of "Genitori Ignoti" who was born abt. 1823 - Montella, Avellino, Italy. His son, however, did not carry the Ignoti surname, but instead the surname Ritrovato.

I am "stuck" at this point and confused as to why the surnames would differ, and don't know how to research this any further.

Update from Forums' Editor

Since the civil records have been made available online at antenati.san.beniculturali.it/ it is now possible to research online in the Province of Avellino from 1809 to at least 1915.
  • The expression "ignoti genitori" in Italian means unknown parents. Officers of Civil records gave a surname to foundlings that might have been invented or Esposito, Proietto, or in this case Ritrovato (=found). In later years it was established that the surname should not point to an unknown descendancy, but had to be chosen among surnames of non-residents.
  • The birth of one Riccardo Ritrovato was recorded on 20 Febr 1854. The declaration is given by a midwife, that says he was born on the 19th of January. The child was not abandoned, but for some reason tha mother could not openly recognize him. A baptism record from the parish church might supply more information.

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