State Archives of Firenze


Indexing status



Al fine di consentire l’accesso rapido ai registri di stato civile è stato ripristinato quanto presente nella precedente versione del Portale. In parallelo, saranno effettuate le correzioni sui dati dell’Archivio di Stato di Firenze, del cui esito sarà data tempestiva comunicazione.

Civil registry

The Registry Civil of Tuscany fonds contains the papers produced by the Civil Status Office in the period 1808-1865.
The archive contains both the series of extracts sent by parish priests and the series of registers and directories useful for research, as well as the numerous accompanying papers useful for drawing up civil status documents. There are also documents relating to the life of the Office and other tasks it was entrusted with, such as the production of periodic statistics and the population census.
Some units are missing (175 items) or flooded (23 items). Specific indications on the number of missing items are given in the inventory notes and in the cards for the individual series.
The cards follow a unique numbering system determined by a progressive “order number” that was assigned, for reasons of management simplicity, when the State Archives took charge of the Civil Status cards.
Unique string numbering for the entire collection: 1-12,548
The following series, the most significant and consulted of the Civil Status of Tuscany, are available on replacement microfilm and, therefore, cannot be requested in original:

Repertories of deeds by community for the period 1808-1814;
Alphabetical decennial indexes for the years 1808-1837;
General alphabetical directories for the period 1818-1865;
The following series can be consulted on microfilm or online at the Ancestors portal:

Birth records for the years 1808-1865;
Records of marriages and deaths for the years 1808-1838.

Army census

The fund of the Florence Conscription Office contains documentation starting with the 1842 draft class (Liste di leva, Liste di estrazione, Registri sommari delle decisioni del Consiglio di leva) and also includes material from the Offices of Pistoia, Rocca San Casciano and San Miniato, formerly districts of the province of Florence, for the classes 1842-1879, 1842-1851 and 1842-1891 respectively.

With the reform of the conscription offices and the establishment of a single office for the whole of Tuscany, the Firenze State Archives began to receive the conscription lists of all the provinces.

Since 1992, the documentation collected concerns the entire male population subject to compulsory military service in the Tuscan provinces. The fonds are organised as follows: Firenze draft office (draft lists from the class 1842 to 1945); Arezzo (draft lists from the class 1921 to 1945); Grosseto (from the class 1921 to 1945); Livorno (from the class 1924 to 1945); Lucca (from the class 1924 to 1945); Massa Carrara (from the class 1924 to 1945); Pisa (from the class 1924 to 1945); Pistoia (classes 1842-1879, and from the class 1915 to 1945); Siena (from the class 1921 to 1945).

The conscription registers are not accompanied by repertories and are on a municipal basis, which is why the search can only be carried out if the municipality of residence of the person sought is known.

The fund is described up to the class 1939 by a summary inventory that can be consulted online on the Archive website.

Recruitment number and military draw number

The State Archives have received the registers of conscripts and non-commissioned officers from the former District military of Arezzo (from the class of 1875 to 1940); Firenze (from the class of 1860 to 1945, with headings starting from the class of 1866); Pistoia (from the class of 1871 to 1935).

The registers, subdivided by conscription class and ordered according to the serial number assigned to each soldier at the time of enlistment, are accompanied by alphabetical headings that make it possible to identify the names. Because of their poor state of preservation, the registers cannot be consulted directly by scholars, so searches are carried out by the staff of the State Archives.

Online sources

The archive Raccolta Ceramelli Papiani, built along many years by Enrico Ceramelli Papiani (1896-1976) is an archive held at the Florence State Archive, formed by almost 8000 fascícles, in which we can find information about ancient Tuscan families, which contain genealogical data taken from different archival sources held at the State Archive, in other archival institutions or the Regional Library.

Thanks to this archive a Coat of arms database has been created, which includes a card of the coat of arms and digital copies of images of the coats of arms.

The research database has a simple interface and a heraldry dictionary accompanied by images. This database includes personal information about its creator.