Category Archives: Italy

Article – Digging up Family Roots in Sicily by Russell Shorto

A fascinating account of researching roots in Sicily. The article, by Russell Shorto, a journalist from the New York Times published in the travel section on 16th August 2013. Advertisements

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Regions of Italy

Map and region details is shared here, courtesy of the Family Search Italy pages Italy is divided into 20 regions. Those marked with * indicate they have a degree of autonomy and can enable legislation at a local level. The … Continue reading

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Sicilian Heritage – The Reverse Immigrant by Alfred M. Zappala

I have been following the adventures and activities of Alfred via his website  for about three years or so. It was then by absolute chance that I then saw an email by which he mentioned his second book and I … Continue reading

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The Italian American Podcast

Genealogy is so much more than names and dates. Researching our ancestry is about understanding the locations, cultures and traditions that affected the lives of our ancestors. Late last year I became aware that this podcast series The Italian American Podcast was … Continue reading

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The Origins and Evolution of a One-Name Study and Surname Research – Webinar

In December the Southern California Genealogical Society released their 2016 Webinar series schedule. There are some familiar faces scheduled and in many instances I need to go to bed very late if I am to hear the webinars! – there … Continue reading

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Sicily

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is an autonomous region of Italy. The minor islands around it are also considered to be part of Sicily. Throughout much of its history, Sicily has been considered a crucial … Continue reading

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Useful Resources – Italy

Anglo Italian Family History Society Italian Records by Trafford R Cole, Published Ancestry, 1995, ISBN 978 – 0196489588 Italian Surname Mapping Tool  Italians Coming to the United Kingdom by Julie Goucher, 2003 (revised 2015) Our Italian Surnames by Joseph G. … Continue reading

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The Land where Lemons Grow by Helene Attlee

I firmly believe that the way we can understand our genealogy is to read and become aware of the historical, and perhaps other aspects in the way of life relating to the historical community that we hail from. By way … Continue reading

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Italian Bibliography

I came across this morning a few scrappy bits of paper and a typed list of books. I have pulled the details together into the document Italian Bibliography The list of books is not exhaustive. It is reflective on books … Continue reading

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