My husband and I planned our first trip to Italy quite a few years ago. We wanted to see all the touristy spots, such as Rome, Florence, and Venice. At the time, I had family in Italy that I had never met, and Bill encouraged me to try to contact a cousin in Italy with whom I was a childhood pen pal. The last contact I’d had with Franco was back in...

In celebration of Italian American Heritage Month, the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) and Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) present: My Roots, My Heritage, a free and interactive genealogy webinar designed to help you discover your family’s origins and unique story. Whether you are curious about your family’s early years,...

If you happen to work for the federal government, then you have a day off from work today, in honor of Columbus Day. You might want to use part of this holiday to come by your Main or South Abilene Public Libraries to find some good books, movies or more about Italy and/or the contributions Italian-Americans have made to our culture, food and more....

Nearly three years ago, I started writing this monthly column on how to research your Italian roots. I thought it might be useful to revisit the initial column which provided some tips for those who are just starting out. Learning about your ancestors can be extremely interesting and extremely frustrating at the same time, but I can tell you from o...

Una modalità di viaggio che ha già preso piede in diverse realtà del Mondo come la Scozia, e che sembra voler spiccare il volo anche nel Belpaese, è il turismo genealogico. Un particolare modo di viaggiare che si basa sulla ricerca e sulla scoperta delle proprie radici. Un’avventura particolare e che non si riconduce solamente all’analisi di date e...

Wednesday, June 17, 6:00pm EST. Register Here. In this second session of NIAF's Virtual Genealogy Series, we are going to show you how to research U.S. Records (Immigration Records, Census Records, Naturalization Records, among others). Whether you are applying for Italian Citizenship or researching your Family History, knowing the exact place of b...

This month, I share how La Gazzetta reader Terry Park of Cleveland and I tracked down his family roots in Calabria. Terry knew that his paternal grandparents came from Italy, but he did not know where nor was he certain of the family’s Italian surname. His family had been using the name “Park” for decades and it certainly did not have enough vowels...

Thursday, May 21, 6 p.m. EST. Get all the tips of how to begin researching your Italian family through this first webinar from NIAF's virtual three-part Genealogy Series. In the first session, we will answer both Genealogy and Dual Citizenship Questions; it is free but you must register to attend! REGISTER NOW Bianca Ottone, founder of My Italian F...

For those of you who may be familiar with the Italian Citizenship Assistance (ICA) articles on the subject of Italian citizenship, you may also be familiar with the Italian Citizenship Podcast where we discuss the ins and outs of Italian citizenship; how to apply and so on.  Recently, we at ICA, have been receiving a number of inquiries from our cl...

Discovering your past lays out a road map for your future! In this week’s episode, we’ll prove that while reconstructing your family history might take effort, the rewards are priceless! Podcast co-host Anthony Fasano asked the gang to get together to share their first-hand experiences discovering family history, and how seeking out and finding his...