State Archives of Torino
Status of digitization activities
Until the establishment of the Civil Registry in Italy in 1865, in Piamonte the registry was a task carried out by priests. The State Archives in Turin hold the records of the Napoleonic civil status (1804-1813) for the municipalities of the Turin district alone. The Archive contains birth, marriage, and death certificates of the cities in which the Civil Registry was established.
The recruitment sources for the unitary period show the model of military organization that soon will be established in the whole Italian territory. The pre-unitarian archives, particularly those from the Ministry of War, hold recruitment files, draft cards of privates and non-commissioned officers, and lists that contain the names of wounded, dead awarded soldiers and draft dodgers. All the files are gathered in big sections called: Human Resources Division (1815-1860) Recruitmen Division (1816-1860), Extended exemption and Disable Division (1816-1853), Archive Division(1816-1853), Military Genius Division (1854-1860), General Quartermaster of the Navy – General Archive(1848-1861), Lombard Army (1848-1854), Alps Jägers (1859), Apennines Jägers(1859), Magra Jägers and Reggio Brigade (1859-1860) Modena Brigade (1859-1860), General Directorate of Infantry and Cavalry, General Directorate of Special corps (1859-1866), General Directorate of Recruitment (1860-1870), Southern Italian Army (1860-1864), Italian Volunteers (1866- late 19th century), Mille di Marsala (1860-1863), Sicilian Military Archive (1860-1861), Ministry of Navy – personnel and material (1815-1860). The archives from the next period of the Ivrea and Aosta Recruitment Office (classes of 1792-1904); the Turin Province Recruitment Office, which includes the Pinerolo circumscription (classes of 1792-1898); Susa Recruitment Office (classes of 1828-1895); Turin Recruitment Office (classes of 1814-1935) are useful to know the preliminary activities for recruitment.
Recruitment number and military draw number
The Ivrea Military District (classes of 1846-1926), includes the Valle de Aosta; the Chivasso (classes of 1876-1926), Pinerolo (classes of 1846-1926); and Turin (classes of 1875-1926) Military Districts gather the draft cards, which contain information about the military service of each recruit (privates and non-commissioned officers) until his discharge.
Online database are available for consultation at this institute: specially the database of approximately 35.000 garibaldines from the Southern Italy Army and the database of approximately 1.550 members of the Corpo dei Cacciatori Franchi; the database of the Bersaglieri in Crimea, which makes available the draft cards of officers, petty officers and bersaglieri who took part in the Crimean War of 1855-1856; the database of the draft cards from the Turin district, which includes 250.000 recruits (name, class, file number, and register number) for the 1874-1908 period, a project continuously reviewed and that provides digital copies of the sources; the database of the draft cards from Ivrea district for the period 1846-1826; the database of the more than 80.000 personal fascicles of torinese “fascists” registered at the Partito Nazionale Fascista local section.
Other sources in the archive
This institution holds the l Archive of the Partito Nazionale Fascista-federazione di Torino (1922-1943), which contains party member cards and personal fascicles of their registered members.