Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Act of Birth on a Sea Voyage

While working in the region of Calabria, I found a new civil document I had never seen before, an Act of Birth on a Sea Voyage.  There isn't much to the pre-printed portion of the document as they left a very large section in the middle open to write in the specifics of the birth.

Malvito, the town where this record was found, is quite some distance from the sea.  Therefore, why this type of record was necessary is interesting.  Perhaps that is a question for those who have studied the history of this town or region.