Voting in Italy is complicated at best.

It’s not my job to advise you how to vote in the upcoming election.  Most of you have probably already done so by mail but I do have some comments about the system. Complicated doesn’t even begin to describe the minefield Italian voters will find themselves in on March 4th.  A new system of voting … Continue reading

Italian civil records – Parte, Serie and notations

Susan wrote to ask about the letters and numbers following a date for a notation of death on a birth record. Most of the time you will be searching for and finding records in Parte 1 of the various registers but as time goes on and your ancestors spread across the world there will be … Continue reading

Family Search and the Antenati site digitization program

Susan asked if we might know when and which records might be posted on the above sites.  No one can know for sure but here is my assessment of the situation. Family Search typically do their digitizing at the State Archives and the Tribunal not in the towns themselves. This means they are restricted to … Continue reading

Seasons Greetings – Annual Newsletter

Season’s Greetings to all Clients, former clients and contacts. This will be an exciting year for Italian genealogy researchers as Family Search and the Italian Government continue to digitize and upload civil records to the internet for all to search.  Both are collaborating to create a searchable database of names to make it easier for … Continue reading

New associate researcher – Rita Abbasi

Please welcome Rita to our team.  She has joined us as an associate researcher and will be handling civil and parish record searches in Lazio, Abruzzo and Latina. Rita was born in England but has lived in Italy since she was a teenager.  Her command of English is excellent.

SEARCH OF THE WEEK -CATASTO ONCIARO OF SORA 1740

This week’s featured search was for the noble family Carrara of Sora.  After following the direct line using the Register of the Population and civil records we moved to the parish records of Santa Restituta where we were lucky to find a series of Stato d’Anime dated 1745-1788. Before searching the Catasto Onciaro it is … Continue reading

Repeat customers

Having a former client return for additional research gives me a great satisfaction.  My ability to ‘stage’ your research to accommodate your budget, your own need to do the research yourself (in the microfilms or on-line) or to take a break due to family committments, can make family history research a pleasure and not just … Continue reading

Translation of Italian Documents

Having an Italian document translated can be very rewarding but getting an interpretation can be truly enlightening. Look at one client’s remarks after receiving the translated documents from Irene. Thank you for translating these documents and for putting the marriage of Antonio and Domenica in a historical context for me.  It is truly fascinating.  It … Continue reading

My New Assistant!

I’d like to introduce my new assistant.  Irene Palombo. Irene has a Master’s degree in history and has collaborated on several historical books.  She works part-time in the Diocese offices and has now started working in genealogy research.  She is prepared to travel which means we can now accept assignments from other areas outside of … Continue reading

Frosinone Parish Records

Parish records for the three oldest parishes in the centre of Frosinone have been transferred to the Diocese in Ferentino where they can be consulted on Wednesdays only. Whenever there is more than one parish in a town a researcher must be prepared to move from one to the other as necessary to follow the … Continue reading