The Welsh Connection: Italian Migration to Wales 1880s – 1950s

Gareth White is studying the migration of Italians to Wales and has asked for my help in publicizing his study to reach out the people of Italian descent asking them to share their family history. If you are willing to share your story please contact him at the email address below. For many Welsh people, … Continue reading

Recovered Documents for Cassino

Documents recovered for persons in the Comune of Cassino consist of a list of those born in 1868 who did not present for military service, Marriage certificates for the parents and State of the family certificates.  Lista di Leva documents, applications for passports, penal certificates, gun permits, and expropriations. Where known I have indicated the … 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

How to search the Antenati site

The ‘search’ function on Ancestry, family search and the Antenati site is a place to start but don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t produce any results.  The indexing project is far from complete and even though ‘your’ names may appear to come up in the search it doesn’t mean they are the right family. Sometimes … Continue reading

Antenati and the Archivio Storico di Frosinone

The State Archives in Frosinone came into being in 1956.  It contains notary records from Notaries who retired more than 100 years ago and dating back to the 1400’s, judicial records, military records and lists, along with some civil records after 1865. It is these civil records that we are most concerned with for genealogy … 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

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

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

Brick wall in Santa Maria Oliveto – torn down!

Whenever one is presented with a ‘brick wall’ it’s important to scrutinize every document collected so far.  Do some historical research of the area and then go out there and break it down. I did the first part and realized I could not go ahead without finding the death record of Tomasina.  It was a … 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