Brick wall in Santa Maria Oliveto – torn down!

Whenever one is presented with a ‘brick wall’ it’s important to scrutinize every document collected so far.  Do some historical research of the area and then go out there and break it down. I did the first part and realized I could not go ahead without finding the death record of Tomasina.  It was a … Continue reading

A brick wall in Santa Maria Oliveto

Sometimes a brick wall just doesn’t come down easily, even for the professionals! Michele was born in Santa Maria Oliveto (Isernia) according to the family.  When I eventually found the birth record, he was actually registered in Conca Casale but they had declared themselves residents of Santa Maria Oliveto.  Michele was baptized in the Parrocchia … Continue reading

All in a day’s work

It started out as a simple lunch with a client.  It turned into something very different! I had done some research for Gino back in 2008 and he was finally making that trip to Italy with his wife and family.  He invited my husband and I to join them for lunch in Ceprano.  I was … Continue reading

Sharon’s search for an explanation?

When Sharon started researching her ancestral line in a small town in Abruzzo she was a little shocked at the apparent comportment of her ancestors.  She remarked ‘the women in my family certainly got around!’ After studying the records she found I saw a potentially different story.  It all began with Maria Proietta who gave … Continue reading

A Foundling or a Love Child?

In researching our genealogy it’s hard to accept that our ancestor was a foundling.  A ‘throw away’, a child whose mother abandoned him.  We grasp at straws to discover that he was loved and cherished.  We don’t really want to believe he was truly alone. Wendy was sure her Grandfather was the secret love child … Continue reading

Search of the week – Brick wall in Arpino

Vincenzo is approaching 90 and ready to put the finishing touches on his family history project.  He had completed all he could do on all lines except his OWN surname.  He visits relatives in Italy regularly and over the last few years has often dropped by to discuss his latest findings and ask for guidance.  … Continue reading

Search of the week- the GEDCOM file

This past few weeks saw us working in Arpino, Alvito, Sora and San Donato.  We were able to take family trees back into the parish records, providing digital images of the records and adding the detail on the sources we used so you can record the images correctly in your family tree program, and providing … Continue reading

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