thought of the individual is constantly aimed at only one objective, which
is always the same: knowing the truth at all costs and with any means.
Each person can normally go back three or four generations with his memory:
people remember their grandparents, sometimes their great-grandparents,
but they are no longer in the habit – as they once were –
of keeping trace of the places the family came from: in a word, of their
origins. The phenomenon is certainly to be attributed to this moment of
loss of identity of the family and of the bonds of relationship with the
context that they belong to, which results in a strong ideological void.
Instead, if we just think about it, each one of us has two parents, 4
grandparents, 8 great-grandparents, 16 great-great-grandparents; only
8 generations ago we were on the eve of the French Revolution; our twelfth
ancestor was the same age as Michelangelo and the seventieth was a contemporary
of Christ. Tracing the line back from son to father, we would come to
the early days of humanity and, substantially, we should all be related.
Genealogy is the science of the blood and, as such, it must be respected:
for this reason we seek exclusively the truth and do not produce a pack
of lies to satisfy anyone’s vanity. While many people may find more
or lest illustrious figures among their forefathers, this kind of research
can of course also discover a skeleton in the attic – for example
an illegitimate birth or a “no-good” ancestor – but
it can also prove very useful for solving a situation or righting a wrong.
The interest is general, because everyone likes to know something more
about his or her own history and roots. Indeed, I would say that in our
unconscious each one of us feels the need to seek comfort in someone,
in something, in a history, that can sometimes compensate the frustrations
of everyday life. Our clients are men and women from every walk of life,
of all ages, not only in search of “blue blood” but, above
all, of clear origins.
The aim is also to keep alive the cult of tradition, the respect of the
established authorities and feelings of honour and duty, and, through
the memory of the magnanimous deeds and generous actions of their ancestors,
to encourage them to follow their high, glorious and upright example.
We have indeed set ourselves a great task.
Writing the history of a family, the origins of which are lost in the
mists of a distant past, reconstructing its main lines, tracing it from
a few fragments that have survived the relentless work of time, is an
arduous and difficult task, which requires long experience and scrupulous,
patient work, accessible only to a few privileged beings who, by character
and vocation, possess an exquisite gift for history.
To succeed in this, we therefore believe it is indispensable and necessary
to trace the family tree in a straight line, following the canonical method
of notary and military archives (and sometimes even the record of Letters
Patent), because only from research carried out meticulously and scientifically
can convincing documentation be obtained concerning even claims to heredity
or noble titles, coats of arms, predicates, qualifications, treatments,
including the discovery of possible errors by scribes, referring to the
family or to the person.
Scientific genealogical research in the straight line is the graphic representation
of the names of each direct family member that preceded us. We are able
to back even 20/22 generations, that is 500 years of fantastic family
The researches are real, highly accurate investigations, which normally
take from eight to twelve months but which, sometimes, may even last years
on account of the extreme difficulties encountered along the way to revealing
the truth. It may happen that genealogical research has to be abandoned
due to the scarcity or impossibility of finding information, because of
destructions, disasters, fires or wars that have taken place over the
centuries, or due to the discovery of illegitimate or natural filiation.
The monographic structure of a tree is made up of hundreds of documents,
comprising records of birth, baptism, marriage conventions, marriages,
deaths, family aggregations and sometimes even noble documents. To put
all this together, our skilled researchers must work their way through
a vast number of archives since, going back to the Unification of Italy
(1861), we find part of the data in the municipal records, whereas through
the parishes we are able to go back as far as the Council of Trent (1545/1563),
when the religious authorities, encouraged by St. Charles Borromeo, required
the parish priests to keep registers in Latin, one for births, one for
deaths, one for baptisms and one for marriages (this became common practice
in the early years of the seventeenth century).
To go even farther back, we may find help in the State archives, which
have an office in each province, and in the notary archives, through which
it is sometimes possible to go back as far as the eleventh century.
The hope that inspires us is that of contributing to the renewal of ancient
virtues, continuing in the steps of those who preceded us, and of paying
tribute to the history of our country and its children, through the infinite
spaces of times and its alternate fortunes, as well as perpetuating the
memory, strengthening the affections and handing down the bonds and relationships
between present and past generations, so that all this wealth of experience
and family history can also teach something to our descendants.