Italian/Albanian ancestry? We can help!

Please welcome Giuseppe ‘Baffa’ to our team. 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, … Continue reading

Finding Achille

Alistair Goold came to me with a desperate plea for help. With the help of an Italian lawyer he had exhausted all known avenues to locate the birth record of his GGFather without which he could not get his Italian citizenship. He sent me a list of the archives they had searched without success. Filomena … Continue reading

How to search the Antenati site

The ‘search’ function on Ancestry, family search and the Antenati site is a place to start but don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t produce any results.  The indexing project is far from complete and even though ‘your’ names may appear to come up in the search it doesn’t mean they are the right family. Sometimes … Continue reading

Seasons Greetings

Seasons Greetings for 2020 Thanks to you we have had our best year ever with 124 projects conducted in 64 different towns. We have seen increases in the Province of Latina and Campania and Isernia but the bulk of requests are still in the Province of Frosinone. This year I would like to introduce Serena … Continue reading

Military Uniforms and History

Today I would like to direct you to a terrific website which is in English, and tells the story of the Italian military from 1861 when the Italian army was first formed to today. http://www.esercito.difesa.it/en/History/ It has stories and photos of the birth of the Italian Army and of major battles fought in Africa, Italy … Continue reading

What you need to know about reconstructed civil records

Earthquakes, wars, fires, floods, landslides, tsunami etc. can all be responsible for the destruction of civil birth, marriage and death records.  When this happens research into your ancestry can present brick walls that are not easily overcome. After the disaster is over a Tribunal is set up and citizens are asked to present themselves, bringing … Continue reading

Emigrants’ Bulletins, Births, marriages and deaths of Italians of unknown origin in foreign countries.

Official Bulletins were published by the Italian State during the late 19th century with lists of Italians who deceased or married or were born abroad, whose origin or residence in Italy were unknown. The bulletins were published during the late 19th century and available as digital images online (Archivio di Stato di La Spezia/Anagrafe/Italia/), and … Continue reading

Connecting families in San Donato Val di Comino

Susan writes: Thanks, Ann, for all your help. If not for you identifying Pasqualino as close a relative, we wouldn’t have been able to connect. Facebook also made it easier since I was able to chat with him beforehand and let him know we were visiting. When we got to the square where we were … Continue reading

Clerical (or other) errors on civil records.

Often there is a story behind it all.   Here is my interpretation of events on a recent research puzzle covering several towns and the associated document errors. ‘His legitimate wife’ or was she? This week I was researching a family in the early 1800’s; Carmine, his wife Giovanna and their son Angelo. I noted that … Continue reading

Using Facebook for Genealogy

There are many Facebook pages that focus on Italian Genealogy and there are lots of people helping out with translations and giving guidance on where to find the records. Antenati – il portale del SAN is the Facebook page for antenati and they try to keep us updated with their uploading progress.  Unfortunately the text … Continue reading