Discussion about Italian Archives

Instagram LIVE today at 12 EST

A discussion with Ellen Craig of UmbriaAbove on ITALIAN ARCHIVES and how what they contain to help expand your family tree. View this post on Instagram A post shared by UmbriaAbove – Italy (@umbriaabove)

Segno di Croce – sign of the cross or signature? Are we going back to this?

Literacy and the ability to read & write was often a privilege of the wealthy despite the fact that schooling was, officially at least, available to all children between 6 and 9 years of age starting in 1877.   Many children of the poor “contadini” were needed in the fields and rarely allowed to attend school.  … Continue reading

Season’s Greetings for 2021

  It’s been a strange year for everyone and I hope you have all been staying safe from the virus in this pandemic year.  Although Italy has been hard hit our team has remained safe thus far, although this new strain is certainly worrying. Despite the frequent lockdowns our team has completed 108 projects in … Continue reading

On-Line Interview on Instagram with Ellen of UmbriaAbove

Saturday 12 noon (Eastern time) I will be the guest of Ellen Craig, of UmbriaAbove on Instagram talking about Italian genealogical research and its challenges. Why not plan to join us. We will be discussing Ellen’s search for her Italian heritage and her living relatives in Sora. We will also be taking your questions. Ellen … Continue reading

13 May 1814 Freed from Napoleon’s tyranny

In both Civil and Parish records there is often a lack of registers between 1809 and 1820. When Napoleon conquered Italy he not only established the keeping of civil records across the nation but he also confiscated parish records in order to know how many baby boys were being baptized in the parish. He didn’t … Continue reading

Was your ancestor a hunted man?

  One of the reasons your ancestor may have left Italy in a hurry is that he was an Anarchist or a socialist, or at least suspected to be one. On June 15th 1904 the Sotto-Prefetto of Sora sent a list of suspected anarchists and others suspected of belonging to subversive parties, to all the … Continue reading

When records can’t be found.

Morgan was having difficulty locating records for his ancestral town of San Lazzaro in Campania and asked for help. The first thing to do is to check the Family Search catalogue. Nothing there! Next stop is a Google search for Comune di San Lazzaro.  In the list is a item ‘La frazione di San Lazzaro … Continue reading

Legal assistance for dual citizenship and inheritance issues

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 … Continue reading

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