Pandemics! What have we learned in 200 years?

For more than a year the world has been struggling with a pandemic that has killed almost four million of the population even with today’s medical knowledge.  The world has been battling viruses for centuries and the methods of fighting virus diseases really hasn’t changed much. 200 years ago smallpox was endemic to Europe, Asia … Continue reading

Surnames of Italy

Italians are finally catching up with the rest of the world in the realm of surnames.  350,000 surnames can be found in Italy, the highest number of different surnames in one country in the world.  In Italy up to 2016 it was not legally possible to have more than one surname. I can hear the … 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

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

TWO DAYS OF GENEALOGICAL OVERLOAD

I think Bob would agree that our two days together was worth every penny he spent to have me set up appointments, and the itinerary for his wish list. Bob, had completed most of his family history research using the microfilms from Family Search and I had filled in the gaps.  Now he was coming … Continue reading

HOW TO CHOOSE A GUIDE FOR YOUR RESEARCH TRIP TO ITALY.

You’re going to spend a lot of money to come to Italy to see the town of origin of your family, the church where they were baptized and married, the cemetery where they were buried, where they lived. You even hope to do some research in the parish records while you are here. Problem is … Continue reading