Roslyn Torella

Roslyn Torella, Contributing Writer

Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Family in Italian Civil Records (Part 2)

September 2018
Last month you were introduced to the types of civil records available, the history of civil records and where to locate online records. This month our focus is on how to search through digitized record books, basic research tips and sources for...


Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Family in Italian Civil Records (Part 1)

August 2018
Negli ultimi anni sono state avviate iniziative molto interessanti che hanno considerevolmente semplificato la ricerca remota di Atti di Stato Civile negli archivi  italiani, permettendo cosi di risalire con maggiore efficienza a documenti...


Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Family in Fraternal Organizations

July 2018
Le  migliaia di società di mutuo soccorso sorte negli Stati Uniti nel periodo della Grande migrazione del 1880-1920 rapresentarono il maggior movimento popolare italiano sorto tra ottocento e novecento. Si è molto discusso sul ruolo di queste...


Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Family in Newspapers

June 2018
Readers are loving our Discovering La Famiglia column! If you have used Roslyn’s methods to research your family’s history, we would love to hear about it. Please share your stories with us at This email address is being protected from spambots....


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...


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