Seasons Greetings 2019

The dust is finally settling after the Christmas holidays and I am sure many of you are waiting with bated breath for your DNA results from those Christmas gifts. January is a great time to get back to our genealogy search.  Angel Research wants to thank those of you who invited us to participate in … Continue reading

Passport records for 1903 for Sora (partial) and Pescosolido

Thanks go to Eugenio Berenger for compiling these lists of persons from Pescosolido who applied for a passport in 1903 in the Province of Frosinone. A partial list of persons from Sora is also shown.   Others towns in the Province are listed in the register but we are publishing just these extractions.  Since the passport … Continue reading

Finding Foglio Matricolare – Italian Military Records

Finding the military service record for an ancestor can be a great source of satisfaction……or not. Seeing your ancestor labelled as a ‘deserter’ can be a shock but often it just means that they did not return to Italy when called for military service from whichever country they had emigrated to.  Refusing to serve meant … Continue reading

Making the connection….with a document from an ancestry contact

David’s family had been to Trasacco many years ago to find the origin of their family and had obtained several certificates and documents that told only a part of the story.  It was apparent that his ancestor Raffaele was not born in Trasacco but there was no indication of where he might have been from.  … Continue reading

A tragic military death! Gassed in Sagrado.

Information from the Onorcaduti website indicated that soldier, Carmine XXXXX, born in Sora, member of the 53° infantry regiment died 12 February 1915. However, according to his military record, the soldier died in Sagrado on June 29 1916. We had written to the town of Sagrado for the death record of Carmine and this is … Continue reading

How professionals work together.

I just spent a week working in the Province of Frosinone with Janeen Bjork a professional researcher from America.  She was working on a huge DNA project involving diverse families whose patriarchs were recruited to work in a stone quarry in Upstate New York. The families came from several towns around my home base. Some … Continue reading

A brick wall in Santa Maria Oliveto

Sometimes a brick wall just doesn’t come down easily, even for the professionals! Michele was born in Santa Maria Oliveto (Isernia) according to the family.  When I eventually found the birth record, he was actually registered in Conca Casale but they had declared themselves residents of Santa Maria Oliveto.  Michele was baptized in the Parrocchia … Continue reading

DNA test results explained

Mike expected to be 50% Italian on his DNA test and was surprised to find it came in at 38%.  So he got an Aunt to do the same test knowing that research had showed her to be from Italian parents on both sides for at least a century!  Whoops!  She came back as 25% … Continue reading

On-Site research Tips & Tricks

You are planning a trip to Italy and you want to do some family history research.  Here’s how to prepare. First make your plans. Are State Archives on your list?  Check with https://www.familysearch.org/ to find out what civil records the State Archives have.  If Family Search has filmed at that archive then what they have … Continue reading

Sharon’s search for an explanation?

When Sharon started researching her ancestral line in a small town in Abruzzo she was a little shocked at the apparent comportment of her ancestors.  She remarked ‘the women in my family certainly got around!’ After studying the records she found I saw a potentially different story.  It all began with Maria Proietta who gave … Continue reading