Italian Americans and those of Italian descent around the world have a unique and rich heritage. Now several generations past their immigrating ancestors, more and more Italian descendants are wishing to learn about their ancestors’ lives and the families they left behind. Amongst this group are many who are seeking to reclaim the Italian citizenship of their ancestors. As a researchers in Italian genealogy, we’ve found great satisfaction in reuniting descendants with the heritage and culture of their ancestors. Italians have played an integral part in all aspects of life here in the United States and around the world.
Unless you have already performed significant research on your family, a typical research project may start by researching in certain United States records [census, immigration, naturalization, etc.] to provide a starting point within the Italian records. If you don’t know where in Italy your ancestors originated, researching in the U.S. records will point us in the right direction. Most Italian records are maintained at the town level. Therefore, one must know the town of origin [or the province at the least] in order to research. For a large portion of Italy, FamilySearch International has microfilmed or digitized the original civil [vital] records for the years 1806/1809/1820–1910, as well as a small amount of ecclesiastical, notarial, and military records. Additionally, the main Italian archive is placing digitized images of the civil records held in the state archives on their own website.
If records for your town of origin are not available by microfilm or digitally, research can be conducted on-site or by telephone, postal or email inquiries. The availability of records varies widely between each town and province in Italy. Research reports are transmitted via email unless an physical copy is requested. If the original copy of a document is required, it will be mailed to you separately. With each report, you are provided with source-cited copies of any documents found, a detailed analysis of the research, an abstraction of the documents into English, and recommendations for future research.
What do you need to begin?
In order to accurately estimate time and expenses, we will need a detailed summary of your previous research and what your research goals are. For example, are you looking to find out who your great-grandparents were or would you like to trace your family back as far as records will allow? Would you like a specific record for use towards your dual citizenship application or want us to prepare a family history book? You can provide this summary using the online form, by email or by postal mail. We will then evaluate the project, ask any questions necessary to understand your research goals, and prepare an initial research plan and estimate for you. Once a research plan is agreed upon and the retainer received, the research will begin. We look forward to working with you!
- Research Report — Example 1
- Research Report — Example 2 — Working with Record Loss
- Analysis of 18th Century Document and Research Plan
- Research Report - Example 3 — Looking for a Birth Record for Dual Citizenship
- Research Report — Example 4 — Working with Changing Jurisdictions
Italian-American Dual Citizenship
There is a growing interest within the Italian-American community in pursuing dual citizenship with Italy. We can help you acquire the Italian records needed for your dual citizenship application as well as prepare your application from A-Z!!! For further information, please click the tab titled Italian Dual Citizenship and/or email us at [email protected] with the specifics of your application!
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Melanie D. Holtz, CG’s blog Finding Our Italian Roots was named one of FamilyTree Magazine’s Top 40 for international research (Around The World in 40 Blogs) in 2012! Also, check out her article on Italian genealogy in the Oct./Nov. issue of FamilyTree Magazine!
See Melanie’s profile on the website of the National Association of Professional Women here.
See Melanie’s article in Women of Distinction Magazine here.