Our brand new book by Melanie D. Holtz is now available and ready to help you uncover your Italian ancestors! Even better? One lucky reader will win a free copy, just by entering The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide giveaway.
Learn how to discover your Italian ancestors with this comprehensive guide to using Italian records and genealogy websites. This guide teaches you how to find your ancestors in Italian census and birth, marriage and death records, plus how to use Italian maps and understand Italian-language records.
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The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide features:
- Basic information on starting your family history research, including how to trace your immigrant ancestor back to Italy
- Strategies for uncovering genealogy records (including passenger lists, draft cards, and birth, marriage, and death records) from both the United States and Italy, with annotated sample records
- Crash-course guides to Italian history, geography and names
- Helpful Italian genealogical word lists
- Sample letters for requesting records from Italian archives
Excerpt: Sample Tips
Here are some tips you’ll find in The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide:
- Ask the living. If you have family members living in Italy, don’t hesitate to ask them about mystery documents. They can often provide great insight into why these records were created.
- Control your borders. As you research, be careful with Italian towns near current provincial or regional borders. You may find they belonged to a different province or region at one time. Tracking the movements of the documents in these situations can sometimes be difficult. However, the provincial archives for the areas in question should give you some guidance.
- Consider the geography.The physical features of your ancestors’ homeland can often tell you more about them and why they made the decisions they did. For example, one of my ancestors came from a small town in Sicily called Isnello. After finding the birthplace address for this ancestor and viewing a topographical map of the cliffside neighborhood, I could better understand why she felt right at home against the mountainside in Pittsburgh.
The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide ends October 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET.