Location: Acerra, Napoli, Campania, Italy
Surnames/tags: Acerra_Italy Italian_roots One_place_studies
Acerra is a city in Southern Italy about 15 miles Northeast of Naples. It is an ancient city, and has seen a lot of history. in 216 BC, it was destroyed by Hannibal. It was rebuilt by 210 BC. It served as a Roman Army base in the Social Wars of 90 BC. Its residents most likely witnessed the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 70 AD which destroyed Pompeii. Through its long history, it was ruled by, and invaded by a variety of ethnic groups including the Lombards (Germanic), Saracens (Arab), and the Normans (Scandanavian/French), giving its inhabitants their unique Italian ethnicity.
In recent history, the city was one of the towns in Campania afflicted by the Italian Mafia's toxic waste dumping activity, resulting in destruction of the environment, and a sharp increase in diseases such as cancer and birth defects.
My husband's Italian side of the family is from this place, and records are readily available on FamilySearch from 1809-1829 if you want to search through the images like I did. The purpose of this One Place Study is to extrapolate the people from the records and add them to the Wikitree, connecting them with their descendants.
So far I am the only member of this project! I have started with 1810 Birth records. If you want to join me, I could use the help!
Here is what you can do:
1. Take a civil registration image set (or a part of it) from FamilySearch.org : Italia, Napoli, Acerra, Civil registration (Comune), 1809-1929.
2. Read each record, and add the pertinent individuals, and their relationships to the Wikitree, being careful to construct the families correctly.
3. Cite the record used for each individual.
4. Let me know that you are going to participate, and what record set you are using, and I will add a new page like the ones below for you to add profiles as an index.
- One Place Study Formatting question! Jan 22, 2018.