Italian Passports – a good source of information? Not always.

Anyone who is lucky enough to have their Grandfather’s Italian passport would expect that the name, parents’ names, date and place of birth would be as accurate as it could get.  And yet, in the past couple of years I have found this not to be the case. From 1869, passports were required to leave … Continue reading

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

Inheriting property in Italy- on occasion….meglio di no!

I am occasionally asked about property that immigrant families left behind that may still be ‘inheritable’ by the emigrant descendants. I’d like to tell you this story…. Yesterday at a family luncheon the talk turned to property taxes and Saverio began to talk about his high property taxes.  Today your principal residence is tax-free but … 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

From Europe to America – The history of Italian Emigration

Along time client sent me this link, https://www.mtholyoke.edu/~molna22a/classweb/politics/Italianhistory.html to an excellent article on Italian emigration.  It covers the BIG questions of Who traveled to America? Facing prejudice Why immigrate? I hope you find it interesting.