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Sites that focus specifically on Italian Genealogy


IL CIRCOLO CALABRESE – A genealogy group specific to Calabria but contains great resources for all Italian researchers, such as interactive form letters written in Italian.

Search for town – address, e-mail link, etc


All things regarding Italian genealogy.

Form Letters

Form letters to use for

requesting copies of documents from civil and ecclesiastical archives


Provides great information on each

commune in Italy, including the address of the municipio. English and Italian versions


ITALIANS TO AMERICA and elsewhere! – This database allows you to look up some years of the Italians To America book series (1880-1891)


Tremendous on-line databases for New York

Land Search

Similar to a title search – something to scare your relatives with

Lou Alfano’s Site

(Italian genealogy,

history, and culture, with links to his Immigrant Ship Information page

New Italian interface for, with newly digitized records


POINT – The largest Italian genealogy organization in the world – membership in POINT allows you to submit surnames and you receive 4 quarterly issues of POINTers magazine and can purchase the annual directory of other researchers surnames.

Italian Immigrants To Brazil

Even better website about Italians to Brazil – much more information

Italians in The British Census

Transcriptions from the 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891 Censuses in the United Kingdom. These transcriptions are of people whose birthplace or nationality are given as Italy or Italian. The names have many spelling mistakes which occurred at the original time of recording, so it's worth trying different spellings for an ancestor you're looking for.


Italian and U.S.

Genealogy how-to’s and resources


Frequently asked questions regarding

Italian genealogical research, research helps, etc.

Florence Baptism Records

Scanned images of baptisms from

Florence from mid 1400s -1900

Sersale Records

Transcribed vital records of various Italian

towns. This list is specifically composed of websites or e-mail addresses that represent

the transcription of hundreds or thousands of records; births, marriages, deaths and

baptisms , etc., all over Italy. Occasionally, digital images are provided. A great website!

Tuscany Genealogy

Ruth Merriman’s page on Tuscany

Vizzini Records

Extracted information for Vizzini

Veneto Immigrants To Brazil

Great website detailing Italian immigrants from the

Veneto region to Brazil. In Italian and Portuguese

Italians in Venezuela

Italian genealogy in Venezuela


Sicilian Surnames By Town

SICILIAN SURNAME SEARCH ENGINE – shows how surnames are distributed throughout Sicily in order to help you find your town of origin


Search for your surname in Italy and see a graph of how it is distributed geographically throughout Italy.  This is very useful if you want to find out how common your name is.

Italian Genealogy in Spanish

Try the batch number searches, they’re fantastic!


Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, Austin TX

Italian Maps

Huge list of websites for Italian maps. The

‘virgilio’ website locates the smallest frazione. (especially virgilio)

Antique maps of regional Italy

Trinity Maps

Good maps - doesn’t always work


Index Mundi

Index Mundi: Lists all population centers

with geographical information; link to satellite photos


FamilySearch Word Lists

Brief explanation of the Italian languages and how it relates to genealogical records. Includes Italian and Latin genealogical word lists.

FamilySearch Handwriting Guide

Brief explanation of Italian and Latin handwriting, plus links to tutorials on-line and handouts with samples of handwriting.

Latin Records

Detailed PowerPoint on the Latin language and reading Latin records

Latin Records in the UK

Latin tutorials – great lessons.

Document samples are from England.

Latin Abbreviations

Latin abbreviations – worth searching for them through the website

Latin Records

Side by side translations of baptism, marriage, and death records.

Latin Handouts

Latin syllabi from classes at George Mason University – plus class handouts – terrific!


The best Latin website on the planet


Military Districts

List of all military districts by region,

including telephone numbers, fax numbers, addresses, and areas covered by each district.

(Note: most military records we are interested in are in the Stato Civile

Military Records

Great explanatory article on military records by Cav. Anthony Lascio. PIP -1, Chicago

Italian POWs

Italian POWs in America – and how to obtain more

information about them.

Trentini in Colorado

Emigrants from Trentino who registered for the

military draft in Colorado.

World War I Flying Aces of Italy


Sites that focus on Chicago and Illinois resources but are not specifically Italian

A LOOK AT COOK – fantastic maps of Chicago wards and census enumeration districts – to help you find your relatives in the census when can’t read the handwriting!

Cook County Genealogy

COOK COUNTY VITAL RECORDS – Search the index of births, marriages and deaths in Cook County and purchase copies of certificates.


CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO – includes links to Catholic Cemeteries and Archdiocesan Archives Center.


CHICAGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – Long-time organization has regular meetings and speakers discussing Chicago genealogical topics. 

Illinois State Genealogical Society Logo

ISGS – Hosts an excellent conference every year – works to get more Illinois records available to genealogists.


BIGWILL – British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois – meetings every other month

Chicago Historical Society – Located on Clark St at North Avenue, it hosts a large collection of newspapers, photos, and many resources unavailable anywhere else.


Czech & Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois – meets 5 times per year to do for Czech and Slovak genealogy what we do for Italian genealogy!

DuPage County Genealogical Society – monthly meetings with speakers plus an annual conference – meets in Wheaton

Active group – 23 meetings per year!  Half during the day and half on an evening. 

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Fox Valley Genealogical Society – Monthly meetings, annual conference, meets in Naperville


Lake County Genealogical Society – Meets in Mundelein monthly – Annual conference in November.

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society

Meets in McHenry monthly – quarterly and monthly publications

PGSA – Premier Polish genealogy society in America – regular meetings at the Polish Museum Library, annual conference and great quarterly magazine – great databases including Chicago Polish Catholic Marriage records

Scottish Genealogy group of the Illinois St. Andrew Society – quarterly meetings and newsletter

South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society – meets monthly in Hazel Crest, IL.  Monthly meetings, library, databases, Pullman records


GRAVEYARDS OF CHICAGO – Companion site to a book about Chicago Cemeteries – loaded with photos of famous graves and interesting statues and markers.


Sites that can help you with genealogy that are not specifically Italian


ANCESTRY – Billions of records available for searching including vital records, newspaper archives, census images, passenger arrivals through New York 1850-1891 and much more ($)


ELLIS ISLAND – Find your relatives who came to the US through the port of New York between 1892 and 1924.


FAMILY SEARCH – The genealogy web site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – includes the Family History Library microfilm and fiche catalog, and locations for Family History Centers throughout the country.

Wikipedia – Family Search

Brand new! Take a look

FamilySearch Pilot Site

New site for searching indexed records from microfilm collection


GENEASEARCH – Searches many genealogy sites at the same time and leaves out all that extra non-genealogy fluff that Google gives you.


NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATON (NARA) – Based in Washington DC and 13 regional buildings in the US, NARA has all US census records and thousands of other microfilm resources and maps and many other resources you didn’t know existed.


NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF ITALY – See the resources available by geographic area of Italy (entire site in Italiano)

Italian Archives in English

Lists the following about each provincial

archive: address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, hours, services, etc

Italian Laws

Italian laws online – notice # 450


Tribunali in alphabetical order with address and telephone number.


PARISHES ONLINE – Find info about your local US parishes or those across the country,


ROOTSWEB – Largest free genealogy site – host of our web site plus many free databases and

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Use more complex search techniques to find data in Ellis Island, Ancestry, Cook County, and other sites


Use these sites to aid your genealogy research in Italy


Find information about the parish churches of your ancestoral home town, including name, address, phone and if they have a web site or e-mail.

Lists addresses, etc. of all Catholic dioceses in Italy. Click on ‘parrocchie’ for a search of individual parishes

Italy World Club

Guide and resources for tourism and genealogical research in Italy – great maps, great information

Italian Postal Codes

Lists postal zip codes in Italy – search by town or code

FRANOI - Chicagoland' Italian American Voice

FRA NOI – Chicago’s Italian-American newspaper, released monthly – includes articles of Italian social and cultural importance – contains Italian genealogy column “Le Nostre Origini” written by POINTers in Person’s very own Dan Niemiec!


AMICI d’ITALIA – Italian-American group that meets in River Grove – they publish a quarterly magazine Amici Journal with articles on prominent Italian people and cultural and social issues.


ITALIAN CONSULATE OFFICE OF CHICAGO – Find out what you need to know before you travel to Italy to do your genealogy.


ITALIAN CULTURAL CENTER OF CHICAGO – Located in Stone Park, IL, this center is rich with tradition and history of Italians and especially Chicago Italians.  There is a museum and art gallery on-site and regular lectures and cultural programs throughout the year.


LANERA – A site that has a lot of history of the province of Bari and how they link with Chicagoans.


PAGINE BIANCHI – The Italian phone book on-line – Find your cousins in Italy and write letters and call them!


TONY NITTI – A tribute to the Grand and Ogden neighborhood in Chicago where Tony and many other children of Baresi immigrants grew up.  Includes recipes, anecdotes, photos and humor about Chicago and Italy!