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In its most general sense, the term genealogy refers to the study of family history, while encompassing such related fields as ethnology, onomatology and heraldry. It is important to bear in mind that genealogy forms part of the framework of general history. The best genealogist is a competent historian, but also a good detective. An introduction to Italian Genealogy

Contrary to popular belief, not all Italian given names have Christian or classical roots. Many names encountered in older records are almost whimsical, and some cannot be translated into Latin or any other language. In order to avoid possible mistranscription of a given name with which the researcher may be unfamiliar, it is helpful to know some of these names, or in most cases at least the onomastic patterns on which they are based.

Medieval Genealogical Research in Italy The typical Italian lineage dates from circa 1600, and for most of us that's reasonably profound. But who wants to be "typical" when you might be able to trace a lineage into the 1500s or even into the Middle Ages?

Tracing Italian Lineages of Adoptees and Ancestors Born Outside Marriage. Investigative and genealogical research pertaining to adopted ancestors or those ancestors born outside marriage presents particular challenges.

The legal requirements for recognition of Italian citizenship claims made by persons born abroad, but whose births were never registered with an Italian consular agency, vary considerably according to particular circumstances, and also depend upon existing treaties between the Italian Republic and various states.

Straight Talk About Genealogical Research Conditions in Italy. Which conditions may have an effect - positive or negative - on your Italian family history project. The following insights, based on many years of experience in Italy, pertain to factors that have very little to do with Italian genealogy per se, but involve vast cultural differences that influence archival access, documentation and research progress.

The Italian Surname Database is a database with Italian surnames submitted by other researchers on Internet. Each surname is cross-referenced to the E-mail address of the submitter.

The Italian Genealogy Web Forum. Do you need certain information or do you like to share some of your interesting information. You can leave your message here for all other visitors of the Italian Genealogy Homepage.

The Italian Genealogy Toolbox. All kind of handy tools for the Italian Family Genealogy Researcher.

Very few works have been published on topics of Italian Heraldry, Nobility and Genealogy as these relate to genealogy. Yet all three fields depend upon genealogical research. This concise presentation is not intended as a historical treatise, but rather as a simple guide for those interested in these subjects.

This concise historical presentation is intended not as an exhaustive sociological treatise, but as a general introduction for the layman. How Professional Genealogists Determine Ancestral Nobility in Italy

Ten Useful Tips For Italian Genealogical Research.

Civil Records Repositories in Italy Info on Town Archives (Archivio Comunale), State Archives (Archivio di Stato) and National Archives (Archivio Centrale dello Stato). Taken from Finding Italian Roots by John Philip Colletta.

For the people reearching the USA 1920 census. Dennis Piccirillo has written a 5 step process to get your ancestor's papers from the Immigration and Naturalization Service. It always works! Here are the instructions for requesting the Declaration of Intentions and Naturalization papers.

The history of the Italian regions The name Italia, probably a Graecized form of Italic Vitelia (='calf land'), was originally restricted to the southern half of the 'toe' but was gradually extended.

The common prefixes of Italian surnames DA, DI, LA and LO have at least three different sources. Written by Frank Arduini.

Stories written by other genealogists about their experience with Italian genealogy.

The Garibaldi's campaign in Southern Italy. This list was a result of an enquiry by a State Committee. This Committee had been created to determine, through proofs and witnesses, the names of the 1089 volunteers who actually landed at Marsala on May 11, 1860.

The Arberesh were the Albanians who migrated to Italy in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries from many areas of the Balkans. If you think your family may have some Arberesh roots you may be able to verify this possibility.

Thousands emigrated from the province of Lucca making and selling plaster figurines. If your ancestor was an Italian plaster figurine maker, it is almost certain that the origin of your family can be found in the valley of the Serchio or Lima, north of Lucca. written by G.Fazzi