Italian Genealogy Research for Beginners
When I started working on my family’s genealogy 17 years ago, I was told it was hopeless because Italians just don’t care about genealogy. Being a “testa dura” that didn’t stop me from diving in head first! Here are some books that helped me get started and I still refer to them today in this age of digital records.
- The absolute best book is A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Italian Ancestors by Lynn Nelson. Published in 1997, it explains the Italian vital records and how to find your ancestor’s home town or comune. Nelson explains how to order micro film from the Mormon church, but more and more of these records are being digitized. Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org are great resources.
- Italian Genealogical Records: How to Use Italian Civil, Ecclesiastical & Other Records in Family History Research by Trafford R Cole.
- Finding Your Italian Roots. The Complete Guide for Americans by John Philip Colletta.
- Italian-American Family History: A Guide to Researching and Writing about Your Heritage by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack. This is a great resource for putting all your research together.
- A newer book, Italian Genealogy Records Guide by Jennifer Holik, may also be worth checking out since it was published last year and covers searching digital records.
A new trend I am seeing, is people self publishing their family’s genealogy. Some of these are available on Amazon. For example:
- Coberly Connections: Pilgrims, Patriots & Presidents by Daniel L. Coberly
- FALCONARA: A Family Odyssey by Hal Higdon & Rose Musacchio Higdon
- Ancestors of Salvator Bloise and Rose Pippo by Nick Bloise
So don’t be afraid to start exploring your Italian roots! Yes it is hard work, but “Non v’è rosa senza spina” – There is no rose without thorns.