Roslyn Torella

Roslyn Torella, Contributing Writer

Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Family in Newspapers

June 2018
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Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Family in U.S. Church Records

May 2018
La religione era una componente importante della società italiana del ventesimo secolo e molti degli eventi più significativi nella vita di un individuo erano registrati negli archivi della Chiesa cattolica. I registri ‘sacramentali’ possono, di...


Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Family in U.S. Birth Records

April 2018
When your ancestors settled in America, many of the important events that happened in their lives and their families’ lives were recorded in U.S. vital records. The main types of records that may yield valuable information about your ancestors are...


Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Family in U.S. Death Records

March 2018
A death record will be the most recent record available for your ancestor. There are several types of records available that record not only death information but may also contain other genealogical information such as an original Italian surname,...


Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Family in U.S. Marriage Records

February 2018
When your ancestors settled in America, many of the important events that happened in their lives and their families’ lives were recorded in United States vital records. The main types of records that may yield valuable information about your...


Discovering La Famiglia - Finding Your Family in U.S. Military Records

January 2018
You may not have thought about using U.S. military records to find out more about an Italian-born ancestor, so in this month’s column, I am going to share with you what records may exist and contain information about your ancestors and where to...


Discovering La Famiglia - Finding Your Family in U.S. Census Records

December 2017
Using U.S. Census records to discover your Italian ancestor’s early life in America can be both exhilarating and frustrating! Census records hold a wealth of information about your ancestors such as when they came to America, their age, place of...


Discovering La Famiglia - Finding Your Family in Immigration Records

November 2017
Last month we looked at ship manifests; this month we will explore U.S. immigration records. We are focusing on immigration records created in the late 1880s through 1956 because it was during this period many Italian immigrants became U.S....


Discovering La Famiglia - Finding Your Family Surname in a Ship Manifest

October 2017
We were very excited to introduce to you last month our new column, Discovering La Famiglia. The column’s author, Roslyn Torella, is a genealogist and a family historian. Her grandparents hailed from Molise and Roslyn grew up in Lowellville, OH....


Discovering La Famiglia - Starting Your Italian American Family History Journey

September 2017
Learning about your ancestors can be extremely interesting and extremely frustrating at the same time, but I can tell you from my 25 years of research experience that it is worth every bit of the joy and the anguish along the way. If you have an...


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