We carry our own history in our name: it often tells about our relatives, after whom we may be named, or about name trends in the year we were born. It speaks of our parents’ tastes and preferences, whether they liked novelty or tradition, the new or the old. Surnames are even more important, because they hold so much information about whom we and...

Something to know about him: Cellini grew up in Springfield but currently lives and works as a documentary writer (for Cinema Verite, Ltd.) and Italian genealogical researcher in Los Angeles and Chicago. He researches Italian genealogy for a fee and holds seminars on the topic. Cellini will discuss the history of Italians and Italian immigration in...

Taking a DNA test to learn that my true ethnicity isn’t what I’ve forever believed wouldn’t cause me to turn away from my Sicilian soul. Was it all illegitimate? Was it all fraudulent? Am I not who I think I am? All that spaghetti and rigatoni and ziti and lasagna and chicken parmigiana covered with generous helpings of homemade sauce that moved my...

To people of Italian – and especially Sicilian Italian – descent who have had DNA tests and are bothered that results didn’t show them to be 100% genetically Italian – don’t sweat it. In fact, if anything, these results could just be proof of how Italian you really are! Before I explain, first of all let’s establish that when most of us say we’re I...

The Edmond Genealogical Society (EGS) is planning a program for its December meeting on “Researching Italian Records.” Presenting the 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 program is a member of the Italians of Central Oklahoma and The Order Italian Sons & Daughters of America (ISDA), Doug Garone. The meeting will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 6pm - John D. Calandra Italian American Institute - 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, New York NY 10036. "Sambuca: A Digital Return" by Donna Gabaccia, University of TorontoVast claims have been made for the revolutionary potential of the Digital Humanities but few have subjected such claims to intense scrutiny. This talk...

On PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow, Mary M. Tedesco and her cohosts investigate colorful tales lurking in the bloodlines of ordinary Americans. They’ve pursued prized connections to Blackbeard and Pocahontas, tested long-held tales of ties to royalty and Viking raiders. Professional genealogist Tedesco (CAS’06), a host on the show since 2015, has traced he...

Shakespeare asked, “What’s in a name?” but we should be asking, “What IS his name?” Recently I have been going through a lot of Cook County birth and death certificates, and it reminded me that people don’t always carry exactly the same name from birth through to death. We are all aware of the problems researchers in encounter because women tend to...

Growing up in Bethlehem, Roseann Clavelli didn't think much about the vowel-heavy, Italian last names of many of her classmates and neighbors. Years later, tracing her own family history back to the Italian village of Foiano di Val Fortore, she was struck that many of her old friends shared the same surnames of Foianese villagers.She wasn't alone i...

At the end of World War II, Italy was a country in great difficulty. Relieved by leaving behind a terrible period, but with a difficult reconstruction in front of them, the Italians counted many situations of poverty and great discomfort. In this historical and cultural context, a forgotten page of Italian history reemerges, a page in which the Uni...