Roslyn Torella

Roslyn Torella, Contributing Writer

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...


Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Family in Italian Civil Records (Part 4)

December 2018
This month we are exploring Italian civil death records. We are doing a deep dive into a typical Italian death record so when you are looking at your own ancestor’s record, you will know exactly what to look for, even if you are not fluent in...


Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Family in the Portale Atenati

November 2018
In the last few months we have explored the most common Italian civil records and did a deep dive into Italian birth records, however, before we dive into the other common records such as death and marriage records, I wanted to introduce you to...


Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Family in Italian Civil Records (Part 3)

October 2018
This month we are continuing our look at Italian civil birth records with a deep dive into a typical Italian birth record so that when you are looking at your own ancestor’s record, you will know exactly what to look for even if you are not fluent...


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...


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