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Notary Records for Luserna

In it's early history, Luserna was primarily a Catholic community. The town was the headquarters for the troops of the Duke of Savoy in the religious wars of 1655 and 1686 and was the frequent target of the Waldensian freedom fighters led by Joshua Janavel and the Jahier brothers.

In 1872, Luserna merged with its Waldensian sister village of San Giovanni forming the town of Luserna San Giovanni.

The Luserna series contains a great gap between 1649 through 1705 when people in the area had to use notaries in other towns. Most acts about Luserna people are in the Luserna San Giovanni series. You should also check the notary records of Torre Pellice, Angrogna, and Villar Pellice.

Volumes 213 through 217 (from 1620 through 1649) are more like a "regional" notary, featuring records for people in a widespread area around Luserna. Moreover, these volumes are not chronological, as are all the other notary collections. Rather, each volume contains acts over a number of years pertaining to a particular part of the Luserna area. You should therefore check all volumes in this series.

On the other hand, volumes 218 through 227 are quite comprehensive and cover the years from 1710 through 1715.

To cover that gap, use the notary records of other nearby localities, especially those noted above; the Exile Survivors Inheritance Claims, and the section "Other Resources".

Click HERE to see a map of the area.

Brackets [like this] indicate the years included in the volume when the years covered do NOT appear in the headings of the volume.

Luserna Region


We are grateful to the State Archives, Torino for providing access to these records, and to Giovanni Cena for his generous efforts to abstract them.