Roslyn Torella

Roslyn Torella, Contributing Writer

Life Aboard a Steamship

April 2021
Per le prossime due settimane, vogliamo esplorare la nostra eredità italiana dalla prospettiva dei nostri antenati. Per questo mese, ci concentriamo sul viaggio sulle navi dall'Italia agli Stati Uniti che gli antenati dovettero fare molti anni fa....


Discovering La Famiglia: The Port of Naples

March 2021
Over the next few months in this column, we will be exploring our Italian heritage from the perspective of our ancestors’ life experiences. This month’s focus is on the process of obtaining an Italian passport and traveling to the port. Before a...


Discovering La Famiglia: Our Ancestors' Lives in Italy: Arranging Passage

February 2021
Over the next few months, we are going to explore our Italian heritage from the perspective of our ancestors’ life experiences. This month our focus will be on how our ancestors arranged for passage to America. Early on, many immigrants traveled...


Discovering La Famiglia: Our Ancestors' Lives in Italy - Part 1

January 2021
Over the next few months, we are going to explore our Italian heritage from the perspective of our ancestors’ life experiences. This month our focus will be on what our ancestors’ lives were like in Italy at the end of the 19th century and the...


Discovering La Famiglia: Moving Beyond Genealogy to Family History

November 2020
We are going to be taking a slightly different approach to the study of our Italian genealogy by exploring what I believe to be the next level in the discovery of our roots. Many of us become interested in genealogy because we want to learn about...


Discovering La Famiglia: How Did Your Family Get Its Surname?

October 2020
This month as we celebrate Italian American Heritage Month, I cannot think of a better way to celebrate than by learning about one’s roots in the Motherland. One of my favorite areas in Italian genealogy is the origin of our Italian surnames. If...


Discovering La Famiglia: Italian Genealogy Word List

September 2020
You do not have to be fluent in Italian to be able to read and translate Italian genealogical records into English but knowing the English translation for the most common words in these documents is essential. This month I am providing you with a...


Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Family in the Portale Atenati

August 2020
Now is the perfect time to begin or continue your Italian genealogy research, specifically within Italy’s Ancestors Portal known as Portale Antenati. This online portal is the best thing to happen to Italian Americans since the steamships that...


Discovering La Famiglia - Getting Started On Your Journey

July 2020
Nearly three years ago, I started writing this monthly column on how to research your Italian roots. I thought it might be useful to revisit the initial column which provided some tips for those who are just starting out. Learning about your...


Discovering La Famiglia: Tracking Down a La Gazzetta Reader’s Calabrian Roots

June 2020
This month, I share how La Gazzetta reader Terry Park of Cleveland and I tracked down his family roots in Calabria. Terry knew that his paternal grandparents came from Italy, but he did not know where nor was he certain of the family’s Italian...


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