Discovery: Cavour’s maternal grandmother was buried in Livorno. Thursday, Apr 19 2018 


Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour (1810-1861)

In Italy, notwithstanding a profound religious culture, cemetery studies are a very understudied subject if one compares what other countries are doing. This is one of the main reasons for which, when analyzing Livorno’s cemeteries and their archives, the potential for discoveries is definitely high as very few researchers have studied many of their aspects in depth; this is also one of the reasons which fueled my curiosity and engagement in this research spanning almost two decades.

I was recently filling some missing data from an interesting register at the AEG (Archives d’Etat de Genève) regarding the baptisms and marriages of Citizens and Bourgeois of Geneva occurring abroad. While scrolling for information of interest to include in my database, I found a reference to (more…)

German-Dutch Cemetery Ossuary Sunday, Mar 7 2010 

The present Dutch-German cemetery was opened in 1840. Before this date there was another very old cemetery for Dutch and German people which was authorised in 1695. In 1924 the mortal remains of those buried there were transferred to the “new” cemetery and put into an ossuary which still stands in the middle of the burial ground. Three slabs were placed on the walls of the small (more…)

1858 – German-Dutch Congregation’s members (Congregazione Olandese-Alemanna) Saturday, Feb 20 2010 

Mr. Steinmeyer, a german with a sincere passion on Livorno’s history due to his family origins,  just sent me this interesting list which he received from the “Evangelisches Zentralarchiv – Berlin“: it’s a list of the members of the Olandese-Alemanna Congregation in Livorno in 1858, the list is ordered by membership’s seniority. On the right side there are some brief notes on (more…)

Burials at the Dutch-German Cemetery of Livorno Sunday, Nov 8 2009 

Jacob Calckberner's grave

The following is a non-exhaustive list of the burials at this cemetery of individuals included in the database and for whom research is in progress. Check also the newer post about the ossuary.

The cemetery was hit by a bomb on its northern wall during WWII and a few graves were destroyed, luckily it was possible to (more…)

Three Livorno’s Historical Cemeteries Saturday, Nov 7 2009 

The following map illustrates  the position of the three main historical cemeteries in Livorno used for the research: the two English burial grounds (old and new) and the Dutch-German cemetery. The Old English cemetery is probably the oldest in Italy and you can clearly see on the map that it was very (more…)

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