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...

On Nov. 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. the Orange County Genealogical Society will be offering a program on “Acquiring Italian Records.” This program will be presented by Toni McKeen. The program will be held at the Goshen United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 115 Main Street in Goshen, (next door to the 1841 Historic Courthouse). McKeen will walk visito...

In honor of Italian American Heritage Month, the Sons and Daughters of Italy is holding a contest to win a My Italian Family genealogy research project valued at approximately $2,000. Throughout the entire month of October, individuals who join, renew or gift a Sons and Daughters of Italy national at-large membership (ALM) online will be entered fo...

When: Saturday, October 07, 2017 From 12:00 pm To 2:00 pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, 1023 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 - Organized by : IIC & Lingua Viva - Entrance : With fee Millions of Americans identify themselves as having Italian ancestry. If you’re one of them, this workshop might be of interest to you! It offe...

Genealogy HotSpot is set for Saturday during the Little Italy Festival in Clinton. Sessions will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the balcony of the Clinton Public Library at 313 S. Fourth St. Elevators are available. You can sign up for a free half-hour session with an experienced genealogist. Participants receive help with one or two geneal...

Festa Italiana will be July 21,22 and 23 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With the Italian Community Center Culture Committee, Pursuing Our Italian Names Together Chapter 22, also known as the Italian Community Center’s Italian Family History Club and the Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Italian Area Interest Group will be featuring genealogy in the r...

Per anni e anni Anthony Fasano si è sentito un italo-americano senza davvero capire cosa questo volesse dire, senza conoscere quei posti da cui le sue due famiglie di origine (paterna e materna) sono partite all’inizio del Novecento a bordo di una nave che li portava in America. Gli italo-americani a New York e negli Stati Uniti in generale sono an...