''[[ Italy| Italy]] [[ Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[ Italy Historical Geography|Historical Geography]] ''
You may find that the name of the place where your ancestor came from has changed or that the name of the province or even the name of the country has changed. This section describes the changes that have taken place in Italy. This information can help you find records in the
Family History Library Catalog for the place your ancestors lived. This section will describe the jurisdictions used in the Family History Library Catalog.
Italy has been divided into various city states, duchies, and kingdoms under several different rulers throughout history. Parts of modern Italy used to be part of Austria, Switzerland, France, and the former Yugoslavia. The country that controlled Italy determined what records were to be kept.
*Flechia, Giovanni. ''Nomi locali del Napolitano: derivati da gentilizi italici (An etymological place-name dictionary of Neapolitan localities).'' [Sala Bolognese]: Forni, . Ristampa dell’edizione di Torino, 1874. (FHL book EUROPE 945 E26f.)
You can find other sources about boundary changes in the Locality Search of the
Family History Library Catalog under:
''ITALY- HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY''
Also, the historical atlases described in [[Italy Maps]] contain maps that depict boundary changes, migration and settlement patterns, military actions, and ethnic and religious distribution.