Feedback and Testimonials

In this page we collect some of the most recent feedback we receive about our help in genealogy researches.
Our reliable network of genealogists covers the main italian regions: that’s why we are able to be effective in almost the whole homeland of your ancestors.
If you are interested in what people say about our genealogy tours in Italy, click here.

Kelly Bucci – Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Tracing roots in Abruzzo):” I discovered Italianside while doing some genealogical research online and decided to contact the organization after having little success finding information about my ancestors. Michele was very nice to speak to and gave me a detailed explanation about what kinds of records the researcher (Gabriele) could look for, the reports that would be created from the records, as well as the cost.
Michele sent me a number of updates during the research period to let me know what Gabriele had found and the progress he was making, which I found helpful and reassuring, especially since I was nervous trusting an organization overseas. When the research was complete, I was very excited and happy to learn that Gabriele was able to trace some of my ancestors all the way back to the late 1700s!! Along with some family records, Gabriele was also able to find military records for my grandfather, who fought in World War Two and for both my great-grandfathers, which were very important to our family. I discovered one of my great-grandfathers was a soldier in World War One and was wounded during the fighting in 1917.
Learning about my Italian ancestors has been an exciting journey of discovery and I couldn’t have experienced this without the help of Michele and Gabriele. I’m very happy with the research and the information I now possess thanks to Italianside. Ciao and grazie

Jari Sinnwell – USA (Tracing roots in Calabria):” It’s a little scary to hire someone on the other side of the ocean to do genealogy research for you. I read the testimonials from satisfied users (plus I was desperate to break through my brick wall!) so I took a chance. I was so extremely pleased with the results!!!! Not only was the research done in a timely and professional manner, but I now have my Italian line back many generations, more than I ever dreamed possible! I was even able to get the exact street address where my grandfather was born! I HIGHLY recommend their services. Next year we are going to visit my grandfather’s ancestral village of Soveria Mannelli. All of this is possible thanks to the wonderful people at ItalianSide!

Phil Barbieri – USA/Japan (searching for family records in Basilicata):” I had planned to go to Basilicata and research my family roots, but I had visions of dusty archives with hard to read Italian, if I could even gain access. It seemed as though I was in need of someone who knew their way around this stuff and would take a personal interest in seeing in get done properly. I surfed the net, thinking it not very likely I’d have much luck when I came across Italianside. The mails I exchanged with the founder, Michele, were reassuring. His professional archivist, Gabriele, did all the legwork. Instead of paying half now, half when done, I went ahead and sent the full sum; these men felt trustworthy. They did not disappoint. In fact, they exceeded my expectations. They sent me original documents, family trees and detailed charts in addition to complete accounts of the main members and their ancestors back to the fourth generation. All done in fine English. I recommend them to others interested in researching their Italian roots without reservation.
Philip Barbieri, Aomori, Japan, April 3, 2016″

Michael C. – USA (tracing roots in Sicily):“Michele and Italianside team did a great job for me. I had some very particular questions about tracing my roots back to a particular town in Sicily with my surname, which they were able to answer. As it turns out I was not connected to that town It wasn’t the answer I was looking for, but in the journey, I found much information about my family history that turned out to be very enlightening, to say the least.
They were able to clarify the link to many relatives I have here in Canada. The many close family ties they discovered for me were truly enlightening.
They are professional, courteous, quick to answer all my questions – and just great to work with.
I would recommend their service to anyone looking for roots in Italy.”

Nancy – USA (searching for family records in Calabria):” I just went through the files that you sent…that are really fantastic….so wonderful to see these morsels of knowledge that we did not have. Let Carmela know how grateful we are to her for her excellent work..and how happy we are to learn new things about our grandmother/mother.”

Vicki Loffredo – USA (searching for family records in Benevento Province):“I am very happy with the research done for me through ItalianSide. Michele was excellent to communicate with and was very clear about pricing and what research would be done. Payment was easy through Paypal. Gabriele did the research of my husband’s family in Pietrelcina. He was very thorough, providing not just names and date/place of birth and marriage, but also various bits of interesting information that may have been contained in the records such as occupations, street addresses where available, whether an ancestor had been married before, whether they could sign their name, etc. He found our ancestors back to the very early 1800’s! The information was well presented in a chart and a written report, and copies of all of the records found were provided. The price was fair for the work – I certainly could never have done this research myself. Great job ItalianSide and Michele and Gabriele – Grazie!”

Anthony C. – USA (searching for family records in Campania):“I have been trying to piece together my genealogy on my father’s side which came from Marzano Appio.
Michele and ItalianSide did all of what they promised and were very fair and honest.
The work was complete and accurate. I would encourage anyone who is looking to do a family search to work with Michele at ItalianSide.”

Peta – UK/Australia (searching for ancestors in Calabria):“I’ve been searching my family tree for some time and got stuck on my Italian side. Not knowing my grandfather or his history, I managed to find a name and date of birth on a USA War Draft record and a small town called Acri. Taking this name and a date of birth and a town name I was able to give these details to ItialianSide who in return gave me a wealth of information. The information is nicely presented in a series of reports and family trees.
I cannot put a value on the information I’ve received and know that I would not have been able to achieve this without Michelle and Carmela’s help. I am planning my first trip to Acri loaded with this wonderful information. Thank you again Michele and Carmela – Thank you Thank you Thank you!!”

Edwin – USA (searching for family records in Chieti-Abruzzo):“I found your services in an online ad when looking for information about the civil records available for the Lanciano area. Michele from ItalianSide replied to my request the next day and was very helpful in obtaining a cost estimate for the records search requested. I found the cost estimate to be very reasonable, and the ItalianSide researcher Gabriele contacted me immediately confirming my search request. He was very agreeable to making a few modifications in the records search, and was also helpful in sending me partial results of his searches that I could review. I was very pleased that he sent me clear digital pictures of the original documents he found as well as supplying summary translations. I had no problems with making periodic payments to Gabriele for the for the research usiing PayPal, and on downloading, saving on my computer and printing the records and reports he sent through DropBox. Thank you for a most pleasant and successful research experience. Edwin”

Julie – USA (searching for ancestors in Calabria):“”I am extremely happy with the service and documents provided by ItalianSide. I was hesitant at first to pay money to a business overseas, but after researching them, I decided to make an inquiry. I am so glad I did! The information I received is priceless, and well above and beyond my expectations. The cost is a mere fraction of what other professional genealogy sites would charge, and worth EVERY penny. Michele and Carmela delivered in a big way, and introduced me to a whole new branch of my family via birth, death, and marriage records, as well as professionally done charts and reports. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone, and I will most certainly be using them again in the future.Grazie Mille!

Diana – Canada (searching for family in Apulia):“Our mother lost her parents practically at birth – her mother died and her father disappeared. Our family believed that her father returned to his home in Bari to be with his OTHER family – a wife and children we all thought he had before marrying our grandmother. My mother had always felt she was rejected by her father since he never responded to letters she wrote as a child. After contacting Italianside, Michele and Italianside researchers discovered her father died when she was just two years old, long before she ever wrote her letters. Now it seems that he may have been ill and left her in the hands of other family. We’ll never know for certain, but the old myth has been shattered and leaves room for other possibilities. We are grateful to Michele and the researcher for all their work, and their generous observations which will help us to reconcile our history” Diana

André – Brazil (searching for family in Calabria):“Os resultados que recebi da equipe ItalianSide foram como uma viagem no tempo. Sou descendente de quatro famílias que saíram de Fuscaldo, Cosenza por volta de 1900 e foram para o Rio de Janeiro. Encomendei pesquisas de uma delas e certamente farei das outras três. Os relatórios mostraram o que faziam, como viviam e morreram, continham endereços e diversas informações que nunca soube. Michele e Carmela fazem um trabalho incrível. São todos rápidos e gentis. Sem dúvida eu recomendo!!!
The results received from the ItalianSide staff were like a time travel. I’m descendant from four families who left Fuscaldo, Cosenza around 1900 and went to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They made the research of one of them and I will order researches of the other three. Now I know what they did, how they lived and died. Michele and Carmela did an amazing job. They are all quick and kind. I definitely recommend them!!!”

Ken Cerullo – USA (searching for family in Potenza province):“I was extremely happy with the work product provided by ItalianSide. Michele was a pleasure to work with and Gabriele did an incredible job with the research. I was hesitant at first to pay money overseas for work to be done, but ItalianSide was not only true to its word in providing what it promised, but they were fair with the pricing and actually offered to do a little extra for me at no additional cost. I did not know there was such a service out there and I am thrilled that I found ItalianSide online. Now I know more about my great grandfather, my family tree, and that I actually have living relatives in Italy. I look forward to visiting again and possibly meeting up with relatives, and seeing exactly where my great grandfather was born. I would definitely use them again and recommend them to others. Thank you again!”Ken

Linda Hoffman – USA (searching for family in Basilicata):
“I cannot tell you how excited I was to find your website. I have been searching for who I am and where I came from for years. My grandparents passed long before I was born, and I just always wanted to know more about them. The traditions, food and customs in my mothers family were very strong. But now that I know the names of my great great great grandparents and more, I couldn’t be more pleased. I never knew that my grandfather had 6 siblings, or that my grandmother had 6 siblings. Now I know the street they were born, the year they were born, when they were married. The charts that were attached were also nice, an easy way to break it down. I only wish my mother was still with me so that I could show it all to her. It’s a wonderful site for those of us who do not speak or read Italian. It was worth every penny to me. Thank you again for a great. Now when I plan that trip to Italy in the future I can bring a little information with me. Thank you again.” Linda

Donald Kohn – USA (searching for family in Naples area):
“Wow! This is the second time I have used ItalianSide for genealogical research; I am even more impressed with their results.
Gabriele did the research based on what I can only describe as sketchy information that I provided. I received the results I had hoped for within a reasonable time and at a reasonable price.
If you have reached a brick wall with your research, I highly recommend that you talk to ItalianSide. They will provide a price before they start their research and if your ancestor’s data can be found, they will find it. !!” -Donald Kohn Crea, New York, USA

Caroline – USA (searching for family in Reggio Calabria area):
“ItalianSide’s ancestry services are the very best – second to none! Their researchers helped me trace back my ancestors in Calabria to the 1700s so I could complete my family tree. The vast amount of research performed gave me a glimpse into my family’s past and provided me priceless documentation of my personal history, which I can now share with generations to come. The icing on the cake was that ItalianSide was able to put me in contact with a cousin of mine who still resides in Calabria and shares the same paternal great-grandfather as my father – I never thought that generations later this would be possible! I highly recommend ItalianSide’s geneological services to anyone looking to trace their Italian roots- the research will be thorough, hands-on, and transparent. I cannot thank them enough for all the work they have done – Grazie mille!!” -Caroline Crea, New York, USA

Barbara – USA (searching for ancestors in Catanzaro Province):
It has been overwhelming going through all of Carmela’s research! What a wonderful job she did. Thank you so much!! We all learned so much about our grandparents. My aunt, who is 90 and the last surviving child of our grandparents, was just amazed. She never knew my grandfather, her father, had a sister or that her mother, our grandmother, had a middle name or that she had brothers.
We are so pleased with what we received that we are considering a tour to visit Italy in the coming year!
We highly recommend your research services. You made the process very easy and provided more information than we expected. Thank you!!!

Don – USA (searching in Salerno area):
I extremely happy with the results of the genealogist who researched my grandmother’s family in Nocera Inferiore. I provided the town and my grandmother’s name, and the genealogist did the rest. I now have a tree that extends into my 3rd great grandparents. The research showed that there were three different towns where my relatives were born. I have been doing my own research for several years and have had experience with another genealogist in the past. The person that worked for Italianside was accurate (he supplied the primary documents), reasonably priced and provided the results within the time frame I expected.

Keith – USA (traveling to Cosenza area):
Italianside really delivered much more than their very reasonable research fee. With not a whole lot of lead time, Carmela (and Michele) were able to find my mother’s grandmother’s birth records in a little town in southern Italy called Scigliano. Not only that, but they were able to find much more that included four more generations prior to her grandmother. This detailed information made my mother’s first trip to Europe much more colorful and memorable knowing she walked the same street where her grandmother grew up

Diane – USA (searching for ancestors in Calabria):
Our grandparents came to the USA from Aprigliano in the early 1900’s and settled in California. They had 9 children so there are lots of grandchildren and cousins! Would you believe NONE of us knew anything about our family in Italy??? So now, as we are all approaching our late 60’s we want to know! There has also been a family feud for over 40 years on the surname spelling!!!thanks so much to Italianside and researcher Carmela for solving our family mystery!! The sketchy childhood memories we had were confirmed and we feel so much closer to our grandparents!! Thank you thank you thank you!! Dreaming of our family and Italy, The Ferraro/Vigna family

Joe Masarone – USA (searching for ancestors in Campania region):
Like many second generation Italian-Americans I waited too long to concern myself about my Italian ancestors. My grandparents are long gone and their children grew up being Americans, distancing themselves from their roots. After years of gathering tidbits of information; struggling with genealogy software and websites, I was able to barely uncover my Great Grandparents names, and the origins of my family in the “old country.” THEN I found! Michele and Gabriele have been great to work with and their fees very very reasonable! Thanks to I now have one family tree branch reaching back to the 1700s.

Jackie Brown – USA (searching for ancestors in Salerno Province):
I wanted to find out about my grandfather’s family in Palomonte, Salerno. We knew nothing about them except for their names. Michele was very accommodating to my needs and Gabriele did a magnificent job in locating records. I was truly surprised and very happy with the information I received. A pedigree was also included with copies of all the records. I would never have been able to do this on my own without going personally to Italy. It was a pleasure to do business with Italianside and would not hesitate to recommend them. I will also be contacting them at a later date to inquire about additional research.

John Capuzzi – USA (searching for ancestors in Abruzzo):
I am in the process of trying to attain Italian citizenship and need to confirm my Italian ancestry. This appeared to be a daunting task until I found Italian Side. Not only were the wonderful people there able to provide me with the detailed family history, they were able to get the official, sealed birth records. I am well on the way to completing the application process and am forever grateful for the fast and comprehensive service provided. Grazie!

Mike Burillo – USA (searching for ancestors in Basilicata):
Searching for the correct spelling of my surname brought me to italianside. Michele and his team did a great job. I spent many many hours researching on my own never quite knowing for sure, now not only do i know the real name but where they lived .Also maiden names of three generations of grandmothers,all done quickly and affordable. Maybe a Genealogy tour in the future .

Louisa Donovan – USA (searching for ancestors in Basilicata):
My family’s experience with for research in Basilicata has been excellent! These people take time to explain completely what kind of research they are able to do and exactly how your fee will be spent. They offer quick, thorough results and have patience with clients with follow-up questions. I had heard horror stories about the difficulty of completing research in Italy, but my experience was that I results in less than a week with actual records and a written summary of those record at a reasonable cost. The staff offered me suggestions for additional services, but did not make me feel pressured in any way. I very much enjoyed corresponding with them before and during our research.

George Meserole – USA (searching for ancestors in Campania):
My wife and I are extremely appreciative of Michele and his genealogists at Italian Side for their research on our family’s ancestors in Airola and Teggiano (Campania, Italy). The work was of a very professional quality and well worth the reasonable cost. The high quality detailed reports, charts, ged files and copies of certificates greatly exceeded my expectations. Equally so was the speed at which they responded to our requests. We would not hesitate in recommending Italian side to anyone with Italian roots. Thanks for providing information that has our family all abuzz about newly discovered ancestors.

Anthony Mercadante – USA (searching for ancestors in Puglia):
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff, for not only being Professional, but extremely Helpful in my Families Quest to reach back in time to find our Roots.I would not hesitate in recommending you and your company to anyone wishing to research their Ancestry.

Rose Warner – USA (searching for ancestors in Basilicata):
I am truly indebted to ItalianSide, for all their help and hopefully a continued relationship with ItalianSide, in the future. If you are looking to find your history in Italy, I would recommend you contact ItalianSide. I am sure they can and will help you out.

Simon Wilson – GB (searching for ancestors in Abruzzo):
I have just received very comprehensive and detailed reports about my ancestors who lived in Ari, Abruzzo at the turn of the last century. They came to live in Rome in the 1890s and one daughter married an Italian but died soon after. The only clue we had was on her gravestone in the English Cemetery in Rome that her husband was from Ari. Italianside did a terrific job in tracing the ancestors and uncovering a fascinating history of the family who were well known doctors. The only son of the marriage went to live in England in the 1920s and we will now try to trace his family. Thanks so much to Michele and the team for their dedicated and detailed research which now helps to fill the blank hole about that side of our family.

Kathy Volpe Sawyer – USA (searching for ancestors in Campania):
I would have been lost without Michele and Italian Side! They found records I had been searching years for in amazingly short time. Their services are fast, reliable and above all, affordable! I highly recommend Italian Side!!

Anna – Titan TV Sweden (for our partecipation to the show “Who Do You Think You Are?” – Swedish version):
Everything went great. Pernilla (the star of our show) was very happy with all the stories she got.
ItalianSide genealogist was very good as an expert. Thank you for helping us so much with this very interesting and fun genealogy and journey.

Mary – Canada (searching for ancestors in Molise and Abruzzo):
“Thank you so much ItalianSide!
You can’t imagine how happy I was with your help!
You really made my day.
I will be showing everyone these beautiful and wonderful findings!
You are amazing and if my italian is not to messed up Grazie mille per tutto l’aiuto!!!!”

Karl Voltaire ( France and Haiti– searching for ancestors in Avellino province):
I have nothing but praise for Michele and his colleagues at Italianside. They have produced fantastic research in a short time, which has allowed the family to discover stuff that we knew nothing about and also confirmed some links between past family that we suspected but did not have proof of. I very warmly recommend this service to other folks in search of their Italian forebears, and I myself plan to continue going back in time with them. Grazie Mille e Auguri per il futuro.

Marnie – USA (searching for her roots in Calabria and Basilicata)
Grazie ItalianSide!
I am so glad I found you!
I hope you know that what you do is a truly wonderful thing.
Providing information we never knew and connecting us to our deepest roots.
Thank you so much for your help and for your website!
Cosi molto grato!

Kim – USA (searching for her roots in Lazio, Frosinone Province)
Hi,I wanted to write and tell you how wonderful my experience with was.
My great-grandparents came from Morolo, Italy to America.
I had been trying to research my Italian roots for over a year and I kept coming across this website.
I gave them all the information I had on my Great Grandfather which was only that I heard he came from Morolo and what I thought was the correct Italian spelling of his name and the birthdate.
They helped me to contact the Municipality in Morolo who came back without any information.This did not stop ItalianSide.
They decided perhaps my spelling was incorrect so we wrote again to the Municipality. I received a response within 48 hours and yes, ItalianSide was absolutely right, the spelling I had given was wrong.
The municipality was able to provide us now with my great-grandfathers birth record, his full Italian name with the correct spelling and even his parents names.
I would never have been able to find any of this information without ItalianSide. I cannot thank enough for what they have found for me.
Thank you again and look forward to working with you in the near future !

Jillian – USA (searching for ancestors in Abruzzo, Chieti Province)

Hello, I am writing to let everyone know how great is. My name is Jillian. I was surfing the web one night looking for information about my ancestor who came to America from Quadri Italy. This is a town in Chieti Province. I look through website and saw all the amazing thing that they had to offer. I decided to send a email to see if anyone could assist me with my search.
Within 24 hours I had a email from them. I explained my situation: I only had a town in Abruzzo to go with.
They help me to contact the Municipality in Quadri.
We received a Birth Certificate for my Great Grandfather and Death Certificate for His Parents. Also we received a family tree.
I want to Thank ItalianSide. They help me with stuff, I could not figure out by myself. We have a bond now. I will never forget what they have done for me. I would suggest anyone looking for your Italian Roots. To search and ask questions on They help with whatever questions you have.


…If you are going to research genealogy, you need a lot of patience and ItalianSide!