State Archives of Napoli


Status of digitization activities


Civil registry

The Naples State Archive holds the Naples Province Civil Registry from 1809 to 1865.

For the period between 1865 and 1900 there is a second inventory of Civil Registry that includes the citizenship certificates (most of them were residence changes), but there were many gaps in this archive.

Army census

The Napoli Province Recruitment Office archive holds the Recruitment Lists of the young males born between 1842 and 1949 called to draft examination.

Recruitment number and military draw number

The Naples Military District (classes of 1853-1910); Aversa Military District (classes of 1853-1910); and Nola Military District(classes of 1853-1910) hold the Draft cards, in which we can find information about the military service and campaigns, the Army corps in which the privates and non-commissioned officers served until their discharge.

Online Sources

The institute has created an internal database –which is available for consultation- of the draft cards of the three military districts from 1901 to 1910.

Other Sources in the Archive

Among the archives of special interest for genealogical research we can point out the following:

  • Catastro onciario : (Late 18th century, inventory 0451) this census allow us to reconstrut the family trees of the residents on Southern Italy.
  • Catastro Provisional of the Ciudad de Nápoles: the Catastro muratiano (of Murat) is divided in different sections and it comprises census books and supplements (changes and sections).
    The census books contain information about the owners, the description of the properties and its value in ducats, along with a column for transactions. The new owner inscriptions were done following a chronological order at the attached files.
    Each ‘state of the section’ is organized by areas that subdivide the territory: the census units are put in progressive order in a list, called “articles of the state of the section”, which was part of the so-called “Islands”, numbered and ordered by name and place. Several Islands together formed a neighborhood.
    Since the early 19th century Napoli was divided in 12 neighborhoods and several villages. The digitalized Databases from the Napoli State Archive includes Avvocata, Chiaia, Mercato, Montecalvario and Pendino encompassing both the volumes of the State of Section and the actual cadastral system i.e., the cadastral books, in alphabetical order, listing all lots.
  • the Avvocata, Chiaia, Mercato, Montecalvario and Pendino neighborhoods, which contain the states of the sections, the Census and the census books, in alphabetical order, along with the list of all districts. The database “Passports and Emigration”, subseries of the Administrative Police Division of the General Archives of the Napoli Police Headquarters, for the years 1888-1901, allows us to navigate through 22,000 files entitled to persons who were variously involved in the great migratory movements of the late 19th century: passport applicants and emigrants under the surveillance of the public security authorities.
    The nominal files that we are proposing to file trace the outlines of permanent or temporary emigration from the city and the surrounding area of Napoli, mainly of professional, artisan and working class people; at the same time, through the active surveillance carried out by the Naples Police Headquarters and the public security delegation dependent on it and active in the bustling city port, they paint a picture of the exodus from the countryside of Southern Italy, which exploded at the end of the century.
    The user will be able to search among an approximately estimated number of more than 30000 names, registered by the Questura of one of the three most important port cities in Italy.