Genealogy At A Glance: Italian Genealogy Research
Genealogy At A Glance: Italian Genealogy Research
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Genealogy at a Glance: Italian Genealogy Research; by Sharon Debartolo Carmack; 4 pp; 2012; Laminated, folded sheet; ISBN: 9780806318998; 8.5x11; Item # GPC881

Any guide that explains how to identify your ancestor’s place of origin on the basis of local food and city neighborhoods is to be savored, and a guide that demonstrates the importance of naming patterns and marriage customs is also to be valued. These are clues that can be put together quickly and will support what you later learn from records of immigration, naturalization, and the census, enabling you to bring the American side of your research to a quick boil before plunging into Italian research, where it is necessary to know the town of origin.

You can add a few other tricks to get you back to the town of origin: matching up patron saints, for example, identifying cluster settlements with Old Country names, and even checking Italian-American funeral homes and cemeteries for a reference to the town of origin. But in the end you must know the town of origin before you can begin searching Italian records, because it is in the town archives where the most important records of birth, marriage, and death are kept. From these records alone, you might be able to reconstruct whole families in one fell swoop, as they generally list two or three generations or more.

While some of these civil records (registri dello stato civile) are being digitized and put online by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, many are still accessible on microfilm, which can be ordered from a FamilySearch Center--a branch facility of the Family History Library. Facts of equal importance are found throughout this guide, where there are citations to the best books in the field as well as a detailed list of online sources offering everything from letter-writing guides to the most useful websites for locating Italian towns and surname databases.

This is Genealogy at a Glance, and by the time you lift your eyes from its four laminated pages, you will have all the tools you need to conduct Italian research.

Following is a complete topic list for this guide:

  • Italian Immigration and Social History
    • Return Migration and Chain Migration
    • Ports of Departure and Arrival
    • Settlement Patterns
    • Social Customs
  • Starting Your Search in America
  • Finding the Italian Town of Origin
    • Italian-American Neighborhoods and Little Italys
    • Death Matters
    • Patron Saints
    • Food Preferences
  • Resources in Italian Civil Records
    • Using Civil Records
  • Online Sources
  • Writing to Italy

Additional tips and further references provide the reader with additional help and sources to records.

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