Roslyn Torella

Roslyn Torella, Contributing Writer

Finding Your Family in Italian Census Records

July 2019
In previous columns, we explored Italian civil, military and church records. This month, we are going to dig into Italian census records. An interesting aspect of Italian census records is their availability and contents vary based on the history...


Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Ancestor’s Italian Military Record

June 2019
This month we are exploring Italian military service records. Every Italian male born around 1850 or later was required to register for the draft (also known as conscription). These records hold a lot of valuable genealogical information. Our focus...


Discovering La Famiglia: Requesting Records from Italy

May 2019
After you have exhausted all the available online sources for Italian records, both civil and ecclesiastical, your next step can be to write directly to Italy to request records. This month we are going to cover some tips on how to prepare your...


Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Family in Italian Parish Records

April 2019
Aside from Italian civil records, Italian parish records are the most valuable genealogical records as they may predate available civil records by a few centuries thus enabling you to take your family lines back several more generations. We have...


Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Family in Italian Civil Marriage Records (Part 6)

March 2019
Last month we started exploring Italian civil marriage records and now we are ready to do a deep dive into translating one. The format and availability of a civil marriage record will vary from village to village depending upon the time period of...


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...


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