Useful information

This guide was last updated in 2009

There are plenty of useful resources for people looking to track down their Italian ancestry. Below are some of the best.

Anglo-Italian Family History Society
17 Delamere Rise, Winsford, Cheshire, BN11 5LT.
A good source for anyone tracing their Anglo-Italian ancestry.

Catholic Family History Society
The society has transcribed many English Catholic Church registers.

Italian Genealogy Online and all things Italian
An excellent American web page full of information, links and tips on how to write letters to Italy.

Archivi Sistema Archivistico Nazionale
The Italian National Archive site (in Italian) includes addresses for State Record Centres and details of what each Record Centre holds.

Parrochie (Chiesa Cattolica Italiana)
A searchable directory of parishes in Italy (in Italian).

Italian to English vocabulary
Help with family history documents.

L’Italia dei Cognomi
Look up surname (cognome) distribution in Italy.

FamilySearch Wiki
The FamilySearch Wiki gives more detailed guidance on research in Italy. In particular, see "Getting started with Italian Research."


Further reading

Italian Genealogical Records by Trafford R Cole (Ancestry Incorporated, 1995)
A comprehensive guide to Italian records and research.

A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Italian Ancestors by Lynn Nelson (Bettaway Books, 1997)
This concentrates on the Stato Civile and offers lots of practical advice.

Catholic Missions and Registers, 1700-1880 Vol 1-6 by Michael Gandy (Whetstone, Gandy, 1993)
A helpful series of books organised by date and location.

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