Roslyn Torella

Roslyn Torella, Contributing Writer

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....

Discovering La Famiglia - Finding Your Family Surname in a Ship Manifest

October 2017
We were very excited to introduce to you last month our new column, Discovering La Famiglia. The column’s author, Roslyn Torella, is a genealogist and a family historian. Her grandparents hailed from Molise and Roslyn grew up in Lowellville, OH....

Discovering La Famiglia - Starting Your Italian American Family History Journey

September 2017
Learning about your ancestors can be extremely interesting and extremely frustrating at the same time, but I can tell you from my 25 years of research experience that it is worth every bit of the joy and the anguish along the way. If you have an...

Creative Ways to Use Social Media to Find Your Italian Roots

March 2017
Many Italian Americans are becoming interested in discovering more about their Italian roots, but they may have been overlooking a place that can help them with their journey - social media. On Facebook, the number of Italian American genealogy...

How Did Your Italian Family Get Its Name (Cognome)?

April 2016
If you are like me, you may have wondered how your family got its surname or cognome in Italian. I find the sound of Italian family names very melodious, particularly here in America, where they are often butchered in both pronunciation and...


March 2016
This month's La Gazzetta focuses on gardening and the first thing that comes to mind when I think back to my family's wonderful vegetable garden is garlic--that amazing aromatic herb. We can trace the use of garlic by humans to over 7,000 years ago...

Lowellville: The Mahoning Valley's Unofficial Little Italy

August 2015
Lowellville is a small village nestled along the banks of the Mahoning River, just west of the Pennsylvania border and nine miles from Youngstown. You won't find the streets busy with tourists like you do in the big city "Little Italys" around the...

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