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

Terme Romane di Supino

I had a group of Canadians to take to visit their town of origin, Supino in Frosinone.  As part of the tour I decided to have them visit the archaeological remains of the Roman Thermal baths discovered in the 1960’s in Supino. It is not well-known and not generally open to the public except by … Continue reading

From Europe to America – The history of Italian Emigration

Along time client sent me this link, https://www.mtholyoke.edu/~molna22a/classweb/politics/Italianhistory.html to an excellent article on Italian emigration.  It covers the BIG questions of Who traveled to America? Facing prejudice Why immigrate? I hope you find it interesting.

PICINISCO, VAL DI COMINO 1017 -2017. An important anniversary for the town and all our neighbours.

In 2017, Picinisco, one of the towns which lie in Val di Comino, will celebrate its first Millennium. While undoubtedly older, the first mention of Picinisco is to be found in a document dated 6 March 1017, when the Princes of Capua restored to the Abbey of Montecassino the Monastery of S. Valentino to be … Continue reading

Picinisco video

For all my followers with ancestors from Picinisco here is a Youtube link to a beautiful video of the town.

TWO DAYS OF GENEALOGICAL OVERLOAD

I think Bob would agree that our two days together was worth every penny he spent to have me set up appointments, and the itinerary for his wish list. Bob, had completed most of his family history research using the microfilms from Family Search and I had filled in the gaps.  Now he was coming … Continue reading

HOW TO CHOOSE A GUIDE FOR YOUR RESEARCH TRIP TO ITALY.

You’re going to spend a lot of money to come to Italy to see the town of origin of your family, the church where they were baptized and married, the cemetery where they were buried, where they lived. You even hope to do some research in the parish records while you are here. Problem is … Continue reading

PREPARING FOR PARISH RECORD SEARCH

You have exhausted the microfilmed civil records and are ready to move further backwards in time by using parish records. You have bought your ticket to Italy and are ready to tackle the local priest. You can find the address of the parish church at http://www.chiesacattolica.it. (Or  http://www.parrocchiemap.it/ see comment below. ) Write to the … Continue reading

Preparing for a visit to the town of origin

Seems simple, book a flight, take a bus or train, walk around the town, talk to people and find relatives. Sometimes it actually works! Mostly it doesn’t, at least not all of it. I hear from people who did it successfully and those who were so disappointed to find the town offices closed, the church … Continue reading