Genealogy of centenarians and their relatives: A study of 12 families

M. Motta, M. Malaguarnera, E. Ferrari, V. Nicita Mauro, L. Ferrucci, R. Rapisarda, F. B. Tomasello, G. Basile, L. Ferlito, M. Passamonte, E. Bennati

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The longevity is a complex phenomenon in which specific genetic properties seem to play a role. The present study intended to reconstruct the genealogical tree of 12 subjects, being residents of one Northern and one Southern province of Italy, in order to establish the longevity of the ancestors. Detailed studies have been performed in the registry offices and the historic archives. The research method started from the identification of the centenarians on the basis of the documentation of the relevant birth document, it was continued by identifying the documents of birth, marriages and death of the parents of the centenarians. This way we proceeded systematically backwards in time. In addition, we verified the medium life span of the Italian population in the given periods of time, when the centenarians and their ascending lines had lived. These results offer clear historic-statistical evidences for the genetic basis of longevity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-102
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Genealogical tree of centenarians
  • Genetic basis of longevity
  • Medium life span of the Italian population

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Medicine(all)


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