by Anthony Fasano   In this episode, our own co-host Anthony Fasano breaks down his recent trip to Italy during which he visited the ancestral villages of seven of his eight great-grandparents. Anthony did what many Italian Americans hope to do at one point in their lives – connect with their relatives who never left the homeland. During thi...

Today's mom has learned to adapt to a barrage of digital computerized appliances that would have scared the daylights out of Grandma. She's the family member who sets the digital alarm clock every night and the automatic coffee maker every morning.   Today's savvy Mom carries her own smart phone and she can be located quickly. But even with...

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...

Our next meeting will be September 20, 2014, at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, starting at 10:30 a.m. and concluding at noon. Anyone with an interest in Italian Family history is welcome.   At our meeting, we will update each other on new developments in genealogy, using DNA and other sources in ou...

«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...

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 April 25, 2015, at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, starting...

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...

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...

by NOIAW   We're so pleased to feature Mary M. Tedesco as this week's Member Spotlight interview guest! Mary discovered NOIAW via Twitter and is looking forward to getting to know all of our members more.   mary-tedesco-genealogySo many of our members are seeking to connect with their roots in Italy and deepen their knowledge of their...

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...