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Do you have Italian roots ?
How much do you know about your Italian heritage?
In which Italian town were your ancestors born?
These are typical questions for people beginning a genealogic research.
Getting to know yourself even more can be possible if you get to know your family also.
Your traits, personality and identity in general can be defined by tracing your family history.

You owe your life today to the events that occurred along your whole family line in the past: that’s why we need to keep the past connected to the here and now.
You would want to know about your great grandfather, where he lived, how he lived and what he did when he was alive. Getting to know them even better boosts your sense of belongingness in the family and also defines your very existence.

More and more people want to learn where they came from and who their ancestors are. It is important to find your place in history and discover the stories of those who lived before you.
In these times, many people are taking a greater interest in discovering their family history than ever before: the Internet is a powerful tool for family history research.

Where can you start your Italian genealogy adventure? Simple chatting with elder relatives gives you much information to (re)construct your family history.
In this way you can begin finding out names, occupations and other biographies. Contacting the relatives, especially the elderly, is a great help on your research. Soon you will be able to create a so-called family tree.
If you are lucky you can begin to collect documents from the town your ancestors were from, like postcards, old pictures and more.
At that point you can begin your search on the names you got and get information, trying to know more and more about them. Depending on how far back you are trying to go, it may be difficult and take some time.
But there is a sense of satisfaction that comes from knowing who you are and where you have been. Once you acquire the basic knowledge, it can become a life long hobby. Finding a new document or discovering the oldest member in your family tree is exciting and then you are hooked.
A key for any genealogist doing family history research is knowing how and where to search.
It’s obviouls that there is no better place to search than where your ancestors lived.
In this way you will mix your interest on history and the pleasure of travels in your real homeland.

And it could be a nice game to play with your kids: teaching them thankfulness to the ancestors, who built yesterday the life they are living today.

Having the background on where your origin came from is like completing the missing piece of yourself.

On you have many useful tools for your genealogy research:

- Italian Surnames Database
Search for an Italian surname and see where people with that name live in Italy.

- Italian Towns Database
Find your Italian town and read more about it

- Old Names of Italian Towns
Can’t find your ancestors’ hometown? It could be that the town changed its name during last century!

- ItalianSide Community
The right place where to ask your questions and where to share our passion for Italy.

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5 Messages to “Italian Roots”
  1. Bonnie Melielo says:

    My grandmother was supposedly born in Napoli. Her father is from Acri. We have visited and obtained birth documentation from there. Her mother is from “San Pietro di ….”. We were thinking possibly from the frazione of Longobucco, San Pietro in Angaro, but after searching the online records of births in Longobucco have not found anything. The last name is Brescia. Any thoughts?

    Thank you!!

    Bonnie Melielo

  2. Marilyn Boczar says:

    My husband and I will be travelling to Salerno in April. My husbands grandfather, Gregorio Trapolino is from San Lorenzo—I know this from his Naturalization papers that he filled out himself. He was born in 1881, was catholic, his mothers name was Sofia and aunt’s name was Rosa Fusco. I know that at age nine he entered the Salverno Musical Conservatory where he remained until he was 16, leaving then for U.S. I would like to do a little research on him in San Lorenzo but do not know where to begin once I am there. My husband’s grandmother, Rafeala Midiano is also from Salerno. The providence of Vietri sul Mare so we also plan to visit there. Do I start at the town hall. I know they were both catholic but do not know the church. Can you help? Thanks Marilyn and Greg Boczar

  3. Teresa says:

    Hi Cindy

    I was very interested in your reply. I am an Australian citizen but born in Italy. I have been trying to get dual citizenship but I was told that because I have become an Australian citizen I can’t get an Italian passport. I would be interested in any information that you can give me about how to go about achieving this.

  4. Scott says:

    i am trying to get my Italian citizenship through my great grandfather. I have everything but his Italian birth certificate. As best as I can tell he was born in Casteldaccia on feb 4,1876 possibly 1878. Any help with my search or pointers along the way would be helpful. This is the last piece of the puzzle. thanks in advance,

    • Cindy says:

      Hi Scott,
      My name is Cindy and I did a lot of research and it continues for me. However, my efforts were rewarded with my ‘Dual Citizenship’ in 2012. I am replying to your message because I suggest that the route, I took. You need to actually go to the birth place of your grand-father and visit the vital statics office there to find his documents and get a copy of his birth certificate.

      You can contact me, if you have any questions.

      Ciao Cindy