Discovering La Famiglia - Finding Your Family in U.S. Census Records

In this 1900 Census record of the Italian immigrant community of Lowellville, OH,  Census Taker Porter Watson struggled to record the Italian population and is a good illustration  of the challenges in using Census records. For example, he recorded the name of a family  from Italy as “Fitzdale.” In this 1900 Census record of the Italian immigrant community of Lowellville, OH, Census Taker Porter Watson struggled to record the Italian population and is a good illustration of the challenges in using Census records. For example, he recorded the name of a family from Italy as “Fitzdale.”

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 birth, immigration dates, citizenship status, occupation, other family members or residents in the household

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