Friday, March 13, 2015

The Evolution of Occupational Terms - Forese

Often we encounter occupational terms within the Italian records which are no longer in use. One such term is a "forese". 

This occupational designation is a derivative of the designation "forestiero" [in Latin: foris] and means a person working and sometimes living in the countryside surrounding a town, usually a farmer or someone in the forestry trade in more mountainous terrains. This designation is often used interchangeably with the various terms for a farmer. 

The picture above shows a typical farmer's home in northern Italy. Note the stone enclosure on the side of the house for containing the animals at night.

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