By Russell Shorto   As a writer I've always tended to seek out origins. My first book, about the search for the historical Jesus, was an attempt to get at the "real" story behind my Catholic upbringing.   After living in Manhattan for several years, I wrote "The Island at the Center of the World," a book about the Dutch settlement of...

Interviews were conducted and filmed in Sicily for an upcoming movie documentary. Now a (preferably native-born and raised in Sicily) person is needed to translate into English– direct from the video.   Applicants also need to be able to record time code as they go, so that the filmmaker is able to match to frame. The translator will watch v...

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...

By Virginia N. Sherry For the third consecutive summer, native Staten Islander Frances Curcio traveled to Contursi Terme, a small town in the Campania region of southern Italy, to continue exploration of her family's roots.   The search started with her maternal grandfather, Salvatore Cipollaro, who immigrated to the U.S. from the town in 1...

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.   An opportunity for you to learn and to search for your relatives will be held Saturday, November 7, 2015 starting at 1:00 p...

Genealogy Roadshow is only in his second year of production. But if interest in family backgrounds and the growth of the genealogy industry is of any indication, the PBS show is on the road to being a great success.   The upcoming PBS segment focuses upon unique family histories from the New Orleans area. One of the three genealogists and ho...

by Michael Chiaravalloti   I've visited Italy just once in my life, but I felt an instant connection to the country when I stepped foot in the Milano Centrale train station in late September 2012. In March, my father and I will make our first ever pilgrimage to the remote "comune" of Polia. There, my family can trace its history back fo...

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...