Heritage

Letters from the Old Country by Ben Lariccia

October 2022 |
Many Italian immigrants were in regular contact with their families and others back home. They wanted to maintain strong ties with the old country and its traditions and beliefs. Devotion to the saints formed an important part of their lives, as we...

Letters from the Old Country

September 2022 |
Many Italian immigrants were in regular contact with their families and others back home. The need to maintain strong ties with the old country and support family members prompted them to send money, either by including dollars with their...

Letters from the Old Country by Ben Lariccia

August 2022 |
Many immigrants were in regular contact with their families back home. Separated by the Atlantic Ocean, engaged couples arranged plans for their wedding to take place either in the United States or in the paese. But none of the planning was...

Letters from the Old Country

July 2022 |
Many immigrants were in regular contact with their families back home. Those who were illiterate had people who wrote for them. In the case of a close relative’s death overseas, a letter of expressing condolences was necessary, especially due to...

Letters from the Old Country

June 2022 |
Many immigrants were in regular contact with their families back home. Those who were illiterate had people who wrote for them. Families overseas often communicated the sad news of a loved one’s death with the use of stationery edged in...

Letters from the Old Country by Ben Lariccia

May 2022 |
Many immigrants were in regular contact with their families back home. Those who were illiterate had people who wrote for them. Correspondence from Italy was often read aloud to the entire family. Letters could contain money or a reference...

Discovering La Famiglia's Final Installment by Roslyn Torella

October 2021 |
La Gazzetta Italiana would like to thank Roslyn Torella for her dedication to creating Discovering La Famiglia and her contributions to the column for the past four years. It is our hope that our readers have found this column insightful, useful...

Discovering La Famiglia: Frequently Asked Questions in Italian American Genealogy

September 2021 |
This month we are going to answer some of the most frequently asked questions in Italian American genealogy. I hope you find the answers useful in your own search for your family history. What is the best website to find Italian records? The...

Discovering La Famiglia: Our Ancestors' Journey Through Ellis Island

August 2021 |
Over the last few months in this column, we have been exploring our Italian heritage from the perspective of our ancestors’ life experiences beginning in Italy and culminating with their arrival in America. In June we imagined what our ancestors’...
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