Ann Tatangelo, Professional Researcher and owner · 2001 to present · Sora, Italy

Genealogical research on site in Central & South Italy.

Civil and parish record searches, finding living relatives, tours, translation services, citizenship certificate and legal assistance with Dual citizenship applications.

For estimates and inquiries please email me directly at


Rita Abbasi, associate researcher.

Civil and parish record searches in Lazio, Abruzzo and Latina.

Rita was born in England but has lived in Italy since she was a teenager.  Her command of English is excellent.

Irene Palombo, translator.image0

Irene has her degree in history and has worked extensively in Archives and Diocese offices as an archivist.  She is very familiar with the old style Italian script and the abbreviations used by notary clerks and priests as they wrote.  She is able to give translations that embody the emotion in old letters, and transcribe documents in to English that allow us to understand the intention of the writer.

Note:  Her translations cannot be used for legal purposes.

Serena Tersigni, associate researcher

Civil and parish record searches in Lazio, Latina and Molise.

Citizenship document retrieval from all over Italy.

Serena was born in Italy but lived and worked in England for several years.  Her command of English is excellent.

 Giuseppe Baffa, associate researcher
Giuseppe has a degree in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage. He has published many papers and books on various issues related to Arbëresh culture and tradition, which he knows very well.  In addition to being interested in Albanian culture, he is an arbëresh living in Santa Sofia d’Epiro, an Italian-Albanian community where they practice the Greek rite in religious functions, and still speak (after more than 600 years!) the Albanian language.
For many years he did research in the Province of Cosenza (Calabria) where he has worked as an archivist. Moreover he is a member of the Deputazione di storia patria per la Calabria, which is an association that promotes historical studies. His research interests are especially focused on genealogy, cultural anthropology, family history search and historical auxiliary sciences.
If you have Italian/Albanian heritage Giuseppe is the man to help you with your family history.  He is also available to work on genealogy projects and dual citizenship searches in Calabria.

Norma Cecconi, Lawyer

We have been seeing an increase in dual citizenship applications and really felt we needed to offer clients some help with difficult applications or refusals.

We are lucky to have found Avv. Norma Cecconi who lives in Rome and is a lawyer with experience in the field of immigration and citizenship requests and in dealing with Italian public administration.

If your dual citizenship application has been denied for some reason why not contact us for further information on Norma’s services.  She can handle appeals on your behalf.

Norma can also help with inheritance issues and property transfers.


  1. Ann———due to a scam I recently lost all my e-mail addresses including yours. I will be coming to Fontana Liri in late July and would like to contact you. Please send me your e-mail address.


  2. Hi Ann,

    I came across your Web site while trying to find online access to civil records in Italy. Both my maternal grandparents were from Frosinone. My grandmother, born in 1893, was adopted from an orphanage in Rome by a in Pico by the last name of Carnevale. My grandfather, Luciano DelSignore, was born in 1895 in either Esperia or Pico. They were married around 1920 – 1921. What are the chances that information is available about either family?

    — Mary


  3. Hello Ann,

    I posted here last night, but my posting seems to have disappeared. I live in the USA and found your Web site while trying to find info on obtaining civil records from Italy. I’m interested in researching my maternal ancestors: My grandmother (Louisa), was born in Rome in 1893, and was adopted by a Carnevale from Pico (where she lived until emigrating to the USA around 1920). My grandfather, Luciano DelSignore, was born in 1895 in either Pico or Esperia. I have a copy of Luciano’s discharge papers from the Italian army WWI…do you think that I’d be able to find out any information on my ancestors in Italy with just this little amount of info to begin with?

    — Mary Ferraro


    • Hi Mary,
      Comune of Rome will have her birth record. Comune of Pico should have some record of her and the family she was living with. Half the people in Pico are named Carnevale though!
      There are also records of babies before they were adopted from Santo Spirito.
      Del Signore is found in both Pico and Esperia but they do have records for this period. If you have his army discharge it should give his town of birth.
      With what you have you should be able to go back to 1599 if Luciano was born in Pico but if it was Esperia it was much less. Many records were destroyed during WW2.
      Louisa stops at her birth. Babies were abandoned anonymously. So no parent records exist.


      • Hi Ann,

        Thank you so much for getting back to me! I just checked the Italian military document for Luciano and it says that he was born in Pico..his USA Petition for Naturalization says Esperia. So his birth date is: September 4, 1895.

        I do have a little more info on Louisa…she came to the Carnevale family with her own last name and a dowry, which she said was left for her by her birth parents…the only thing about her last name is I don’t know its exact spelling…will dig around more…also have a letter from 1932 describing the property that was left to her after her adopted mother or father died. Need to have the letter translated.

        Can you tell me how you charge for your services…you can e-mail me directly at the e-mail address that I provided. Thank you.

        — Mary
        P.S. I visited Pico for a few hours in 1974…met a family named Carnevale who may have been related to me via Del Signore…so we thought…lots was getting lost in translation…but we think that Mrs. C was the granddaughter of Luciano’s sister.


  4. Angel Communications/Ann

    I am an Italian Adoptee searching for many years. Shortly after I got my birthmother’s information, I became gravely ill over 10 years. With God’s grace I got well but now the trail is cold again.

    IF I provide you my birthmother’s phone #/address (valid 10 years ago), could you or someone Italian call to see if she is still alive? It would need to be a delicate phone call as I could feel she did not want to jeopardize her current life with past (me)–which is why I had her parish priest initially reintroduce her to me back then.

    Anyway, this is only scratching the surface, I have lots of documents & research, I don’t speak Italian, and now that I’m well many years later, I’m afraid of losing her again. I’m indigenous to VENETO, I was born in PARMA Province, and my birthmother moved to COMO (LOMBARDY).

    I will give you my email and please give me your thoughts.

    Ciao & grazie,

    Lisa Beni


  5. Hi Ann
    I’m looking for any information on my Grandfathers family. My Grandfather, Eugenio came to the America in 1906. He stayed with his brother Antonio in I think it was in Pennsylvania. He had brothers that came over later. For some reason the brothers didn’t keep in touch. I have no information on who Eugenio’s parents were and I really would like to know. Eugene’s wife was Elizabetta at least that is the name one one paper I found written in Italian but I don’t understand the language so I don’t know what it is. She was always called Elsie. If there is any information you have on this I would appriciate it. Thank you very much


  6. Hi anne, my name is anna Valente im doing my grandas family tree his name is Gerado Demarco,he had two houses in L,immoglie im trying to find them or the land that they were one of the house was taken by the council and not knicked it down mum his daughter never claimed for the land I am his granddaughter anna Valente I was in picnisco when I was a wee girl with the family and then I was there in 2011 AND 2012 I met his neighbour Louisa she bought some of his vineyards, it looked so vast the that my granda had bought, im in the middle of putting mums old photos together to and make it her Italian heritage as she died in 2009, I have all the birth papers and old photos my pal is going to help write her storie of L,immoglie and her parents, im translating from Italian to English as my grand photos are all in Italian, I would love if you could find his whereabouts of there houses, its not far from the Bella vista hotel, in l,immoglie, up on the hill, and my dad father, was born in san gueisspe in 1806, there were two houses there also at the ponte Americano bridge, excuse my spelling hope you can help me anna Valente.ps I dt have a website just my email. address.


    • Hi Anna,
      Can you please resend this request to my business email italysearch@gmail.com. Thank you. I will be away for the next month but will look into this on my return. I have done a lot of work in Picinisco and in Immoglie so the house shouldn’t be too hard to find.


  7. Hi Ann, hope you are well my cousin Rod has sent,you an email, he is my cousin too take care, I will get back to you about my dads… from Anna.


  8. Interested in surnames Brusco, Ianitellli, Cervi, Lollo and Canina in Alvito Italy. Looking for any links to Sicily or back to Spain. possible Sephardic roots.


  9. Hi Ann,
    So nice to see this site here. My grandfather Ascenzo DeGasperis was born in Sora to Nicola DeGasperis and Maria Angela Simone Manna (born 05 Jun 1832 Collelongo, L’Aquila). I know for sure this much. I have gone as far as I can on Ancestry. Can you correspond with me privately and I will give you another contact I have in Sora and tell you the whole story.
    So glad to have found you. Language is a problem and this seems like a solution.
    Thank you,
    Ruth Gibson


  10. Hello I am looking for a birth certificate of my great grandfather for my dual citizenship. A living relative thinks he was born around montecassino in the late 1800s around 1896 I have his name and his parents. Would you be able to search records in Cassino and vallerotonda/ valvori for me and what would be the cost be for searching? Many thanks Francesca woolmer


  11. Hi, I am researching for a friend whose family comes from Colobraro, Matera. I have birth and marriage dates and places. Her great-grandmother came over to America in 1908. She has found her 2nd gg parents names but wants to know if there were siblings to her gg parents. What are your rates for researching?

    Thank you.


  12. Hello, Ann!

    A contact of mine from Ancestry.com referred me to you. I am researching family history from Colle San Magno, Frosinone. I have some details on the Testa family from another user, but I’m specifically looking for details related to the Ciamberlano family and my g-grandfather, Orazio. He was born around 1870. I have no other family information for him. His wife, Alexandra/Allesandra Testa was from the same town, but they married in the US.

    I need to find his birth info and documents. My grandfather’s sister told me he had at least two brothers, one in the US and another in the UK. I have the passenger manifest from the ship he traveled on, but nothing before that.

    Another Ancestry.com user uploaded what appears to be a birth document for my g-grandmother that must be from a church. I don’t know if that’s because that town had its civil records destroyed in the war, or what. I hear that Cassino is difficult to find records from, but I don’t know if that applies to Colle San Magno.

    Do you have any recommendations on how I should proceed?

    Thank you!

    P C


    • The antenati site will be uploading 1809-1865 (which is what Family Search has on line but locked). The 2nd copies entrusted to the Tribunal of Cassino appear to have been destroyed since they are not included on Family Search. The only place to get civil records is the town offices who still have all their records. They are not in great condition and the staff don’t like to search but they will send you records if you have dates. Angel Research has digitized the parish records for Colle San Magno and while we cannot give you access directly we can search them for you. Why not contact us at italysearch@gmail.com for a quote. We can at least get you back to the on line records at antenati!


  13. Searching for grandmother Angelina Borzumato,Believe she came from Arpino her name before she married was Angelina Cuatrini born 10 05 1891, been in touch with Arpino civil records and they say no records for this person marriage certificate states her father was called Pietro could you please help


    • I believe we can help you with this one. The surname is probably misspelled so a physical check of the actual birth records is what is needed in this case. The clerks usually just check the indexes so if the name is spelled wrong they don’t find it.
      Email me at italysearch@gmail.com for a quote.


      • Thank you for your reply I think my grandmothers surname was misinterpreted on her marriage certificate I’ve tried all verations of this name, she married in England in 1915. Your help would be greatfully appreciated please send me a quote for your research for Angelina Cuatrini born 10 05 1891 again thank you.


  14. Hi Ann, Thanks for your response. Can you give me a quote for both locations and families, the Bauco family from Alatri and the Montagnoli family from Valle San Giovanni in Abruzzi? Pietro Bauco married Fausta Leone and Pietro Montagnoli married (Cesira spelling?) Petrei born 1881 or 1882.


  15. Thank you for researching my grandmother Angeladea Quadrini from Arpino, I have her birth certificate and would like you to look for my grandfather birth certificate his name was Crescenzo Borzumato unfortunately I’m not sure where he came from but married my grandmother in England in 1915, only record we have is a 1901 census under the name of Gregtengo Borgamato in Middlesbrough England was known as Christopher Borzumato please send me a quote for your service. Thank you again for your help


  16. Thank you for contacting me. Briefly explained so was my younger sister in Italy on Vacation around the year 1973-74 in Rome between other things. There she came into contact with an Italian family in the older district of Rome. They asked for her DNA which turned out that my sister was directly related to them in a slightly intricate way anyway. The family was mixed with immigrant Greeks from outside Athens in Greece. So a girl from Athens was married with one of their family in Rome as my sister understood them. But they has as she also understood them connection with Germany . And their son Roberto Mr. Finotto may have had to go to Cyprus for the United Nations when he was going to the Army in the region of Rome. There was Turkic / Greek dispute with Makarios as President then on Cyprus . My sister was born 7 Aug. 1956 and this Roberto was probably a little older a she 3 to 4 years older – she was about 17 or turned 18 exactly . I am 10.1 Percent from Greeks and Southern Italy , source is Myheritage.com/DNA the English Version. Contact by mail : mtjj(at)mail.fo Torshavn the FAROE ISLANDS ( Danemark) Phone : +298 287754.


  17. Dear Ann, I’m continuing my search for my Italian ancestry you found my grandmothers birth certificate from Arpino, Angeladea Quadrini now I would like you to look for her grandparents if possible. I know her parents were Pietro Quadrini and Maria Sera but I’d like to know who there parents were, plus did Angeladea have any brothers or sisters. I’ve found a Pietro Quadrini who emigrated to America but it states he was deported on the passenger list would this be Angeladea’s father if you could help me I would be very grateful thank you. Howard.


  18. My grandmother’s name was Cateriina Viverito she was born in Termini Immerse Scily on Nov 19. 1891. I have seen her birth certificate. She her parents and 2 sisters came to America in 1895. I would like to find any information on her mother and father. Mothers name
    Was Augostina Viverito, fathers name was Baldassaro Viverito.


  19. Could you give a ballpark estimate of cost. Our family is from Italy and my grandpa was orphaned we were told and came to America early 1909s as young man. He served in WWI. I’d love to discover our history as we’ve just hit wall after wall being so long ago his birth etc

    If you could provide a sense of cost that would be great. I know it. Am be pricey but I’d like to investigate this option. Grazi!


  20. Good afternoon, I would like to arrange a phone meeting or zoom meeting to explore the possibility of you taking on the the mandate to research my ancestry. Thank you


  21. Thank you but I’m happy with what I received, would like to thank you for your work on my family research


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