2. Social histories
3. Italian newspapers
The IHRC in Minneapolis is the depository for the organization’s historical membership and other records. If you think a relative was a member, visit <www.ihrc.umn.edu/research/vitrage> and type Order Sons of Italy into the Search field to learn what records the IHRC holds. But as mentioned above, if you find a promising entry, you’ll need to visit the center or hire someone to check the records for you.
5. Naming traditions
For example, Salvatore and Angelina (Vallarelli) Ebetino named their children—listed in birth order—as follows:
From this, we can reasonably guess that Salvatore’s parents’ names were Francesco and Stella, the names of his first son and daughter, and that Angelina’s parents were Fortunato and Isabella, the names of her second son and daughter. My further research confirmed this was exactly the case.
6. Translation tools
Historical records can be more tricky to translate because of the dialects and archaic language. To help you translate civil registration birth, marriage and death records that you’ve found on microfilm from the Family History Library, there are full translations of those records in Lynn Nelson’s A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Italian Ancestors (Betterway Books). The book is out of print, but you might be able to find used copies online or at a library. Some websites
also offer, for a fee, a human to translate your letter or document, or you can find a translator using the Association of Professional Genealogists directory.
8. Italian Genealogical Group
10. Mangia, mangia!
- Italian genealogy books <familytreemagazine.com/article/italian-genealogy-books>
- Online translating tools <familytreemagazine.com/article/translating-tools-1>
- Searching for Jewish Italian surnames <familytreemagazine.com/article/now-what-searching-for-jewish-italian-surnames>
- Viva Italia! <familytreemagazine.com/article/viva-italia-how-to-use-italian-records>
- That’s Italian <familytreemagazine.com/article/thats-italian>
- Italian genealogy resources <familytreemagazine.com/article/italian-genealogy-toolkit>
- Italian research guide <shopfamilytree.com/product/family-tree-magazine-italian-genealogy-guide-digital-download>
- Family Tree Passport to Europe CD <shopfamilytree.com/product/family-tree-magazine-italian-genealogy-guide-digital-download>
- FamilySearch Essentials webinar recording <shopfamilytree.com/product/how-to-access-records-without-leaving-town>