Black Friday in LAZIO!

Everybody is getting in on this Black Friday theme so I thought it might be a good time to offer some special help to those researchers who prefer to do their own research but are lacking a couple of records to get them back to the LDS records that are on film or want to … Continue reading

Italian Dual Citizenship Woes

Bob was eager to obtain Dual Italian Citizenship and reclaim his Italian heritage in this very concrete way. He came to me very frustrated after the company he had hired to assist him in obtaining Italian civil documents came up empty-handed after many months and was being very evasive about the availability of the records.  … 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

Annalisa’s Story – reconnecting with the past

I am a first-generation Italian-American. My mother was born in the small Comune of Picinisco in Frosinone Italy and my grandparents were married there before sailing to America in 1926. Our lineage on my grandmother’s side dates to 1597 with our ancestors being from this small town. Over the years, my mother kept in touch … Continue reading

Ofelia – a very lucky foundling!

In Rome at 8:30am on April 24th 1908, a baby girl was born to an unnamed woman at 152 Viale Giulio Cesare . She was delivered by the midwife Carolina Zacoma, age 42 and at 1:30pm she was presented to Cavalier Vincenzo Stefanelli at the City hall where her birth was registered and she was … Continue reading

Its been a strange few days

On May 25th the Comune of Firenze called me to say they were mailing the documents I had requested and wanted to advise me who to contact for the rest of the information I had requested. What a nice surprise!   It’s now June 5th and I still haven’t received them BUT there was a … Continue reading

Voting in Italy is complicated at best.

It’s not my job to advise you how to vote in the upcoming election.  Most of you have probably already done so by mail but I do have some comments about the system. Complicated doesn’t even begin to describe the minefield Italian voters will find themselves in on March 4th.  A new system of voting … Continue reading

Italian civil records – Parte, Serie and notations

Susan wrote to ask about the letters and numbers following a date for a notation of death on a birth record. Most of the time you will be searching for and finding records in Parte 1 of the various registers but as time goes on and your ancestors spread across the world there will be … Continue reading

Family Search and the Antenati site digitization program

Susan asked if we might know when and which records might be posted on the above sites.  No one can know for sure but here is my assessment of the situation. Family Search typically do their digitizing at the State Archives and the Tribunal not in the towns themselves. This means they are restricted to … Continue reading

Seasons Greetings – Annual Newsletter

Season’s Greetings to all Clients, former clients and contacts. This will be an exciting year for Italian genealogy researchers as Family Search and the Italian Government continue to digitize and upload civil records to the internet for all to search.  Both are collaborating to create a searchable database of names to make it easier for … Continue reading