Old Italian Villages and Towns Database

The Old Italian Towns and Villages database is a new tool from ItalianSide.com to help you to find the old names of the Italian towns. We receive many e-mails asking help to locate ancestors’ hometowns. We see that in many cases, reading Italian words from manuscripted old documents could be difficult and that people from [...]

Tracing our italian roots: a work of patience

We just received this email from our friend Ann. It’s about a long wait for the right answer from Italian registrars. But, at the end, the answer came! We decided to share Ann’s story to remember to all of us that communications with Italian registrars could be not easy. We suggest to read this post [...]

Learning Italian: relatives – parenti part 2

This is our second post/lesson about Italian family’s members: we hope that everything was ok with the first one. For people interested in their “Italian Side” it is important to give the right name in Italian to understand “la famiglia”. As in the first post, we added the Italian pronunciation. In this way we hope [...]

Learning Italian: family members

Many friends asked us the translation of family members in Italian. For people interested in their “Italian Side” it is important to give the right name in Italian to understand ties of kinship in their families. But we did something more: we added the Italian pronunciation. In this way we hope that you will be [...]

The force of memory

This video is named “Terra del vento” (Land of wind): it’s about the sad fate of a small Italian village. Yesterday a place full of life, now only a land of wind. A history of centuries now likely to be irretrievably lost. Our ancestors leaving their village used to say: “Gente del paese mio, statevi [...]

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