Roslyn Torella

Roslyn Torella, Contributing Writer

Discovering La Famiglia - Secrets in Passenger Lists: Detained Passengers

October 2019
Knowing the moment your ancestor first stepped foot in America is an exciting piece of family history and Passenger Lists tell us exactly when it happened. When I first started researching passenger lists, I only focused on the name of the...


Discovering La Famiglia: Hiring a Professional Researcher

September 2019
L'interesse per la scoperta delle proprie radici italiane vive ormai da anni un forte incremento di popolarità negli Stati Uniti. Moltissimi sono, infatti, i ricercatori "amatoriali", che si imbarcano con entusiasmo nel tentativo di risalire ad...


Discovering La Famiglia: Planning an Italian Research Trip

August 2019
If you have been reading this column and following my guidance, you might be at the point where you find yourself wanting to continue researching – in Italy. For us family historians, there is nothing more exciting than to walk the streets of our...


Finding Your Family in Italian Census Records

July 2019
In previous columns, we explored Italian civil, military and church records. This month, we are going to dig into Italian census records. An interesting aspect of Italian census records is their availability and contents vary based on the history...


Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Ancestor’s Italian Military Record

June 2019
This month we are exploring Italian military service records. Every Italian male born around 1850 or later was required to register for the draft (also known as conscription). These records hold a lot of valuable genealogical information. Our focus...


Discovering La Famiglia: Requesting Records from Italy

May 2019
After you have exhausted all the available online sources for Italian records, both civil and ecclesiastical, your next step can be to write directly to Italy to request records. This month we are going to cover some tips on how to prepare your...


Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Family in Italian Parish Records

April 2019
Aside from Italian civil records, Italian parish records are the most valuable genealogical records as they may predate available civil records by a few centuries thus enabling you to take your family lines back several more generations. We have...


Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Family in Italian Civil Marriage Records (Part 6)

March 2019
Last month we started exploring Italian civil marriage records and now we are ready to do a deep dive into translating one. The format and availability of a civil marriage record will vary from village to village depending upon the time period of...


Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Family in Italian Civil Marriage Records (Part 5)

February 2019
This month we are exploring Italian civil marriage records. Of all the civil records available, it is my opinion that these can be the most challenging to research and translate. However, they are also very valuable in terms of the genealogical...


Discovering La Famiglia: DNA Testing for Family History Research

January 2019
This month was are taking a break from Italian civil records and are going to investigate DNA testing as I am guessing some of you may have received test kits as gifts last month. Types of DNA TestsThere are three main types of kits sold for...


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