Over the last 20 years I have been doing an in-depth search on my own family history. It has taken me from Italy to Spain, and back to Italy! It's wonderful to know that in the little hilltop villages of the many regions of Italy the parish clergy have recorded, over many centuries, whole family histories. I have traced my line back to 1600 in the hamlet of Civitavecchia, city of Arpino, Frosinone, Lazio. It's wonderful to see the names of my ancestors and the many different families they married into over a period of ten generations ( see the Rea family history ).
This page is in response to the many enquiries I receive regarding personal family histories. Although my interst is the social history of Little Italy, I'm not a genealogist, and don't have extensive records of family histories. However I hope these addresses, which I have used in my own research, are of help. Please note that it may take some time to receive a reply, particularly from Italy. You may even have to write more than once, or make a small contribution for information. Your chances with Italian contacts will improve if you can write your enquiry in Italian. If you find any sources in your search that you feel would also help other people, please feel freee to message me and I'll add them to this page.
Check our family surnames page to see if you have connections with Ancoats Little Italy here in Manchester, UK.
Useful Genealogy Addresses in Italy
Archivio Centrale dello Stato
Instituto Genealogico Italiano
Family History Centre
Useful Genealogy Addresses in Britain
Association of Genealogists and Record Agents
Catholic Record Society
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
John Rylands University Library
Catholic Central Library
For emmigramts from Frosinone, Southern Italy
Stato Maggiore dell'Esercito
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