Montagnana Ancestry

Discovering our Montagnana Ancestors
Common names include Dolfi, Livi, Canigiani, Arcangeli, Traversari, Lenzi, Francesconi, Innocenti, Baldi, Niccolai, Mosi, Valdiserri, Lazzari, Maestripieri, Bartolini, Iacomelli, Giacomelli

Montagnana Pistoiese

A view of the center of Montagnana Pistoiese from across the valley.

Welcome!

Updated August 15, 2017

This site has been updated with the following enhancements:
  • Momigno families (over 2,000 people). The most common names are Arcangeli, Baldi, Bartoli, Bartolozzi, Canigiani, Francesconi, Lenzi, and Traversari, but there are many others.
  • Several hundred additional Montagnana names, and cleanup of some duplicate records.
  • Much more information on people who migrated from Montagnana to the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s.


Welcome to Antenati Montagnana, a website created to help anyone who is researching, or simply interested in learning about, their ancestors from the town of Montagnana, in the Italian province of Pistoia. This site lists nearly all of the residents of Montagnana from the late 1700s through the early 1900s. Additionally included are a number of Momigno residents from that same period, and a much smaller number of residents from other nearby towns such as Avaglio, Casore, and Marliana.

This project started out as an exercise to research my own family history. However, because most of the early Montagnana residents shared one of only a few last names (especially Dolfi and Livi), I ended up recording the information for every resident of the town. In the process of recording the residents’ information, I mapped the family relationships of each individual whenever possible. The result is a list of nearly 9,000 individuals (as of this writing) and their families.

The best way to start exploring this website is to either search for a specific name or else to click on one of the surnames listed below. When you get to a specific individual, you can explore their family trees by clicking on the "Ancestors" tab, the "Descendants" tab, or other tabs just below the person’s name, near the top of the page.

See below for example pages.

This site should not be considered an authoritative source. Given the large number of records that were transcribed by hand, as well as occasional errors in the original documents, there are certainly some errors present in the data. If you encounter any errors, please let me know using the "contact us" link under the "Info" menu.

Ospedale del Ceppo

The Ospedale del Ceppo in Pistoia. My great-great-grandmother was a foundling baby who was most likely abandoned at the Ospedale del Ceppo as an infant.

This is the first page that you will see when selecting a person.

Click the Family tab to see a chart showing the immediate family, including children, spouse, and parents.

Click the Ancestors tab to see a family tree showing the ancestors of the selected person. The layout and the number of generations shown can be modified by selecting the various options (Standard, Vertical, Compact, etc.) on the second row of links at the top of the chart.

Click the Descendants tab to see a family tree showing the children, grandchildren, and other descendants of the selected person. The layout and the number of generations shown can be modified by selecting the various options (Standard, Compact, etc.) on the second row of links at the top of the chart.