By Angelo Coniglio Recent columns have reviewed the free genealogy research website of the Mormon church, https://familysearch.org/ (familysearch). The most recognized paid subscription genealogy site is www.Ancestry.com (Ancestry).   Ancestry may be considered expensive by many beginning researchers; however, the service does offer free 14...

Al Marotta's roots in the South End run deep. That's far from a figurative observation. One of Marotta's passions, and the former city councilman and state representative has many, is tending the fig tree his father, Salvatore, planted at his childhood home on Preston Street.   That was about 1950, when the Sicilian expat rose early eve...

«Chi siamo? Da dove veniamo?»: uno dei popoli più giovani del mondo prova a risolvere i dubbi esistenziali andando indietro nel tempo. Tra gli americani è boom di "viaggi genealogici": assetati di storia, vengono a tuffarsi nel passato dei borghi piemontesi, liguri e lombardi. Sonia Speroni, 42 anni, imprenditrice turistica genovese (trapiantata a...

One of the primary reasons we started The Italian American Podcast was to help fellow Italian Americans learn more about their Italian ancestors.   Our goal is that our podcast interviews will inspire you to want to learn more about your ancestors and where you came from; but once you become inspired, how do you actually do it?   Read...

ORIGINS ITALY Founder and "Genealogy Roadshow" Host Mary Tedesco will present two Italian genealogy lectures at the Explore Your Italian Roots Seminar in Beverly, MA on 14 May 2016: "Roads to Rome: Locating Your Italian Ancestral Town" and "Andiamo in Italia: Italian Genealogical Research in Italy and from Home." Detailed lecture descriptions below...

Have you ever wondered what your Italian surname says about you? You can find out a lot about your family's history from your last name. Many people may not realize what their last name can tell them about their family, this is especially true for Italian-Americans   According to Italyworldclub.com, there are three common origins for su...

If you are like me, you may have wondered how your family got its surname or cognome in Italian. I find the sound of Italian family names very melodious, particularly here in America, where they are often butchered in both pronunciation and spelling!   I always wondered just how some of these names came into existence. In my research, I have...

At some point in your research, you have unearthed everything you need about the relatives you've know personally, and now you're working on finding out about their parents and grandparents. These are folks who died before you were born or never left Italy and, as a result, you never met them. With no direct access, you must rely exclusively on Ita...

Melanie Holtz, certified genealogist, will present a webinar about Italian genealogy for beginners at 10:30 a.m. April 23 at the Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. N, Dover. Most records used for Italian genealogical research come from civil registration and ecclesiastical records. The lecture will cover which types of thes...

We don't know how many of you know this, but there is a thing called "Passport Index" which ranks the passports of the world, based on their Visa Free Score. The higher the Visa Free Score, the better the Passport Power Rank. Italy is ranked third : not bad, right? Still, this is not why so many Italian Americans apply for their Italian passport: a...