Notary acts are usually the last step, since searching through them is very slow. For most of these the keepers of the resources (archives, municipalities, parishes) must be contacted to check the existence of records and obtain permission to make research. This means patience is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.
Step 5 - Research in the 18th century
Find the Catasto Onciario
- You can research in the books in Naples - You'll have to go yourself or hire someone to do that for you.
- You can order the microfilm/copies. This procedure is long, however you can buy the microfilm or a printed copy or hire a photographer. This is advisable only if the place is not too big. Send an email to the archive of Naples for an estimate.
Research in the Catasto Onciario (1742 - 1755)
If the catasto is available to you, list all the families with the surname you are researching (they might be connected) and request photocopies from the archive for your families. The cost will depend on the numbers of inhabitants inthe place, and on the number of families bearing the researched surnames. Archives in Italy may apply different rules.