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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...

The Essence of Italy: What Makes Italy Italian?

April 2018 |
More people than ever before are exploring the world in search of the undiscovered, the new, the ultimate experience. All too often, though, you can travel thousands of miles only to find a kind of bland familiarity. But Italy is different. Italy...

Exploring Pasqua: Italy's Easter and its Traditions

April 2018 |
La Pasqua è una ricorrenza molto sentita in Italia giacché il significato religioso commemora la passione, la morte e la resurrezione di Cristo. Per questo motivo,  durante la Settimana Santa, in tutta Italia tantissime città celebrano la...

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....

Prati di Tivo and the Smell of Mushrooms

November 2017 |
The scenery upon arriving at Prati di Tivo was dreamlike. The first thing to see was the “Sleeping Giant,” as the mountain of the Gran Sasso d’Italia is called because it looks like the giant profile of a person resting. There was a wicker swing...
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