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...

In celebration of Italian American heritage month, the Sons of Italy® is giving away an Italian genealogy research package valued at $1,500 and donated by My Italian Family. When you join the Sons of Italy® as a new national at-large member, renew your at-large membership, or give the gift of at-large membership via www.osia.org during October...

We are Pursuing Our Italian Names Together, Chapter 22. We are also known as and the Italian Family History Club at the Italian Community Center and Milwaukee County Genealogical Society's Italian Area Interest Group. Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago Street, Milwaukee,...

by George Koleas   We are Pursuing Our Italian Names Together, Chapter 22. We are also known as and the Italian Family History Club at the Italian Community Center and Milwaukee County Genealogical Society's Italian Area Interest Group. Our next meeting will be held on September 19, 2015, at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago...

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...

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...

by Angelo Coniglio   Today, most Western names consist of one or more given names combined with a family name, or surname. Surnames are a relatively recent phenomenon in human history. Nobility and landowners may have had identifying names besides their given names, but ordinary residents of most countries didn't use surnames until they were...

by Dan Niemiec   Last month, we discussed on-line family trees, and some of the pros and cons. The major pro is that when you upload your tree, the on-line sites (familysearch and ancestry) check your tree for matches with other trees already in their web sites. Keep in mind a couple of things when working with these two web sites. Familyse...

By Rena Garrett At St. Louis' historic Union Station, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories from Missouri. A musician hopes to find connections to a famous St. Louis jazz composer; two sisters explore links to a survivor of the legendary Donner party; an Italian-American woman finds out if she is related to Italian royalty; an...

by Dan Niemiec   A few years ago, I received a phone call from a cousin I had not heard from in some time. Some years earlier, this distant relative and I had been in regular contact while I was working with them on their branch of the family tree. They gave me the data on the descendants and photographs, so the tree would be up to date. I g...