Italian Genealogy: Tracing your Immigrants in the US and in Italy

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A two-part series about tracing your Italian Genealogy in United States and Italian records

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Italian Genealogy: Tracing your Immigrants in the US and in Italy


A Two-Part Series

 Presented by 

Alec Ferretti

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Session 1: Italian Genealogy 101: Tracing Your Ancestry Back to Italy

Learn the types of American records that will help identify your Italian ancestors' towns of origin. This talk will summarize all the record sets that are useful to tracing 20th century immigrants to the United States back to their home country. It will explain how to use census records to trace an immigrant back in time to find their naturalization and/or arrival records. In cases where these records prove elusive, other strategies will be discussed to locate a hometown. In some instances, more unorthodox records will yield the answer, while sometimes it will be necessary to look more broadly and study an immigrant's community or surname to pinpoint his/her birthplace.

Session 2: Italian Genealogy 102: Researching Italian Records

Learn about Italian civil, parochial, military, and land records, which can be used to trace your family back through time. The lecture will include an overview of Italian geographical and political divisions that will help you determine where records are located, what records exist for certain timeframes, what is digitized, and how to access what is not. The primary focus of the talk will be civil registration, which began in Italy in the early 19th century, and which has been digitized to some extent for most provinces. Military and land records are rarely digitized but can be accessed via the State Archives - often via correspondence. Some attention will be given to church records, which are usually only accessible by visiting the parish in person but allow an ardent researcher to trace a lineage back to the 1500s.

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