When the town doesn’t answer your request for records…

I often begin a search with a written request for the starting record.  Usually the birth of the last person born in Italy.  This ensures that I am starting the search in the right place. The town clerk has the right to respond to a letter, fax or email within a ‘reasonable’ time frame.  This … Continue reading

Search of the week!

William contacted me to assist with obtaining certificates for his citizenship application.  He had a copy of his Grandfather Fiorindo’s passport but he had been unsuccessful in finding a copy of the birth certificate in the on-line records. I checked, and sure enough, it wasn’t there.  How could the town have issued a passport, itemizing … Continue reading

Search of the Week – Fontana Liri

Anastasia asked us to research her family in Fontana Liri.  This town played a big part in WW2 because it has a gunpowder factory in the lower valley which was very useful to the German invaders.  As a result the townspeople suffered greatly.  The old town, high up on the tip of the mountain overlooks … Continue reading

Search of the week – San Vincenzo Valle Roveto, Collelongo and Luco dei Marsi

Fred had wanted to meet some of his Italian ancestors for several years and had even visited his ancestral hometown of Luco dei Marsi and talked to someone with the same surname without confirming a relationship. This time he asked for my help and our research came up with some names of people who were … Continue reading

Search of the week – Fumone, Frosinone

Fumone, population today 80 (yes 80) permanent residents.  Ancestry.com has more than 150 persons on its passenger lists giving Fumone as their place of origin. Famous for its medieval castle and the Prison of Pope Celestino V, today it has boutiques and restaurants that live off the local and foreign tourists who come here for … Continue reading

Search of the week in Supino

Avery’s mother and her two siblings together with their spouses were making a trip to Italy and wanted to visit the town of origin of their parents.   Avery had visited Supino a few years ago by taking the train, arriving in the early afternoon and finding everything closed.  She wanted to make sure that … Continue reading

Search of the Week

Marc contacted us to search his Castellucci family from Sora.  He had enough detail to get us started and we were able to take his family back in a direct line to the late 1700’s with no problem. As I reviewed the information we had gathered I had a feeling I had researched this family … Continue reading

DNA Searches

Now that DNA testing is becoming less expensive and more well-known and more and more clients and former clients are coming back to me for searches to make the connections with their DNA matches.  Unfortunately DNA testing is not that popular among Italians yet so if you are searching for Italian relatives this is not … Continue reading

Search of the week – Ceccano

Mike had always dreamed of visiting the towns of his ancestors and experience the reality of being there.  Not the regular guided tour but a real experience.  He also wanted to meet a living relative.  He got his wish and we also arranged for him to meet a living relative – or so we thought.  … Continue reading

Searching for Luisa, Part 1: Rome

I had arranged to meet Mary in Rome to help her with her goals of finding her Grandmother’s baptism record.  Sometimes, no matter how well prepared we are things just don’t work out the way we plan.  Here is Mary’s own story of our day together. July 1, 2017 / whatatrip2017 Looking for and (hopefully) … Continue reading