Ritrovato from Montella
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
- 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 ascendancy, 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 the mother could not openly recognize him. A baptism record from the parish church might supply more information.