Finding Your Italian Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 206 pages
Author: S. Adams
Year: 2008
ISBN: 9781593313241
Other: b&w photos, appendixes, bibliog, glossary, index
Publisher: Ancestry

In 'Finding Your Italian Ancestors', you’ll discover the tools you need to trace your ancestors back to the homeland. Learn how and where to find records in Italy as well as the United States (it is a US published book). Get practical advice on deciphering those hard-to-read documents, and explore valuable online resources. The guide also includes maps, multiple glossaries, and an extensive bibliography.

Whether you are new to family history or a seasoned veteran who's ready to take your research across the ocean, this guide has something for you.

1. Getting Started
 - Write Down What You Know
 - Home Sources
 - Ask Family Members for Information
 - What's Already Been Done?
 - Decide What You Want to Know?
 - Find the Records
 - Organize Your Research
 - Suggestions for Italian Research
2. Beginning Your Search in the United States
 - Census Records
 - Immigration and Naturalization Records
 - WWI Draft Registrations
 - Other Military Sources
 - Other Records
3. Finding Your Place of Origin
 - Political Jurisdictions
 - Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
 - Identifying Your Place of Origin
 - Learning More About a Location
4. Italian Civil Records: 1866 to the Present
 - Where to Find Civil Records
 - Indexes to Civil Records
 - Civil Birth Records
 - Civil Marriage Records
 - Civil Death Records
 - Other Civil Records
5. Pre-Unification Civil Records
 - Stato Civile Borbonico - Birth Records
 - Stato Civile Borbonico - Marriage Records
6. Ecclesiastical Records
 - Finding Your Parish
 - Parish Baptismal Records
 - Parish Marriage Records
 - Parish Death Records
 - Other Parish Records
 - Other Ecclesiastical Records
7. Reading the Records
 - Understand the Languages You May Encounter
 - Familiarize Yourself with the Record
 - Focus on the Handwriting
 - Learn to Recognize Abbreviations
 - Extra Tips
8. Records in Italian Archives
 - Military Records
 - Tax Lists and Censuses
 - Passports
 - Notary Acts
 - University and School Records
 - Preparing to Visit the Archives
9. Researching Italian Ancestors Online
 - General Genealogy Websites
 - History and Culture Websites
 - Research Websites
 - Surname, Geography and Map Websites
 - Civil and Church Repositories in Italy
 - More Italian Genealogy Websites
 - Groups and Societies
Appendix A: Glossary
Appendix B: Timeline of Italian History
Appendix C: Sample Letters
Appendix D: Research Resources

1 Review
  • Fantastic beginners guide

    Posted by michelle borserio on 17th Dec 2018

    Italy - the hardest place to do research? Although printed in US, that is no hindrance (I am in Australia) as this book explains all you need in searching overseas, when beginning. It is set out in easy to understand language, diagrams and photos to assist, it has interpretations on Italian words and advises of the websites that will assist. It gives handy explanations of what to look for and what is available and what will be found. Very useful book.

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