Genealogy Surname Boards & Searches
This Surname Board List has hand-picked links to most of the popular Italian Genealogy Surname Message Boards where you can search and post your Italian surname originating in any of the municipalities / comunes of Italy. General Genealogy Boards & Lists are also included when they contain a good amount of Italian Surnames. You will also find sites that list Italian Surnames found in or originating from a particular Locality, Comune, Province or Region in Italy to help you in your Italian Family Tree Search.
Locality Specific - featuring forums, lists, message boards for various regions, provinces and comunes in Italy. Other countries and items of interest are included too such as Volunteers in Garibaldi's Army in 1860, Italian Immigrants to Brazil, Italian Civil War Regiment, Cook County Naturalizations, New York Indexes and more.
BYU Family History Archive - The Family History Archive is a collection of published genealogy and family history books. The archive includes histories of families, county and local histories, how-to books on genealogy, genealogy magazines and periodicals (including some international), medieval books (including histories and pedigrees), gazetteers and more.
Family Search Italy Historical Record Collections - a good number with Images you can VIEW FROM HOME.
Personally I prefer browsing the images myself so that I don't get lazy and believe something isn't there just because no one could transcribe them correctly. (the handwriting was different in those days and also spelling wasn't standardized) I wouldn't have gotten back to the 1700s if I had depended on transcriptions as the collateral lines helped me very much and I found those by browsing.
Family Search is a mega-database of Surnames prepared by the Mormons but containing thousands of
Family Trees, which were not necessarily Mormon but were probably
baptized by LDS users doing their Temple Duties.. Many of these family trees have never been properly researched so use them as hints and do your own research or you will pass along errors.
GeneaNet Genealogical Database Network - universal register of all the world's genealogical resources whether Net-based or not and whether free or fee-paying. You can find Italian Surname listings throughout the world on this one and Geneanet lets you create your family tree directly on it's website, or you can submit a Gedcom from your own genealogical software program and then you can easily present your genealogy on the Internet.
GenForum Surname Board Search - Search for a Surname Board dedicated to your surname. Post and Search for thousands of surnames. If they don't have a Forum for your surname, ask them to make one. They make it really easy. They are the best. Hope & pray they don't change for the worse like some big sites have recently done.
Search Genealogy Queries - submit and browse genealogy postings at CousinConnect.com and in various general databases at one time. Beware of their commercial site links at the end of your search results always exercise caution.
Genealogy Forum: Italy - GenForum has over 35,000 online forums devoted to genealogy.
If you disable scripts, java and activeX in your browser or use pop-up
stopper software your computer won't freeze up due to pop-ups or spyware.
Archive of Family Genealogy Resources - an ever-expanding collection including books on surname origins, vital statistics, parish records, census records, passenger lists of vessels, and other historical and biographical documents.
Books We Own Project by RootsWeb - free lookups on the books they own. They need an exact name they will not answer requests for lists of everyone with a certain surname.
Genealogy Book Links - simplifies searching for American ancestors by identifying them in freely available digitized biographies, genealogies and history books
Security Death Index Search - FREE lookup from FamilySearch.org. IMPORTANT NOTE: you will *not* find anyone listed who died before 1962 listed on the Internet. If you can't find
your ancestors do what I did - obtain the Official State Death Notices on each grandparent. Their death notice will have their SSN on it. I also included a copy of each individual's Death Notice on the copies of the SSN app I requested.
ACCESSIBILITY NOTE: the "new" family search does
THEREFORE try the next site:
R. I. P. to the *great* GenCircles -
from the creator of GenForum; Cliff Shaw. I am linking to the ARCHIVE of this great site so you can see for yourself how a GOOD Graphical Interface should
look; the presentation of facts is excellent. The way Mr. Shaw designed it was so you could EASILY DISCOVER whether or not someone was doing dependable research or not. This
is my favorite User Interface and display of information. You can CLEARLY SEE that the notes and sources are displayed very openly and plainly; no problem. Cliff Shaw developed SMART MATCHES. The company, myheritage, that uses it now bought it from him. It is not their
MyHeritage. GenCircles was picked up all over the world and the accessibility to all is how I met some
cousins who are 'across the pond'. Now most of the family-tree sites are more difficult to access worldwide and
require a membership fee to view. --- YOU CAN DO IT - Put up your own website and put up your own family trees. AVOID putting your family trees on the pay to view sites if you want to reach out to the world.
Locality Specific / Italy, USA & other specifics including Naturalizations
Search the Italian Ancestry Pages (click here) for specific Italian comune extracts and Family Trees.
When possible the sites are listed under the Italian Comune of origin otherwise the surname is followed by the various comuni involved.
Brazil: Imigrantes Italianos
-Italian Immigrants to Brazil - Scroll down through the page to their links
& lists of Italians to Brazil and Descendants of Italy in Brazil researching their
Calabria Catanzaro Exchange - Actual birth, marriage and death state civil records from towns in Catanzaro Province in
Calabria. Currently featuring Brognaturo, Cortale, Curinga, San Michele, Serrastretta, Simbario, Spadola and
Italian Displaced Persons in Germany WW2 - 4500 names of Italian deportees in Nazi Germany. The archive is searchable by alphabetical order. Surnames are abbreviated with the initial due to privacy concerns.
Ancestor & Surname Registry - Old Information Center by Jeff La Marca with posting by people looking for Genealogy Information on Sicily, it has not been updated since 1999/2000 (you still might find some leads).
SICILY Surname List - ITA-Sicily *Very well maintained* by Donna Guiffre researching all of SICILY.
Italian Archives, E-mail Surname Lists, Italy Mailing lists,
you contact someone on a "Mail-List or E-mail list and it turns out to be a dead
link, please notify the Webmaster of *that* particular site. Thank
You and Best Regards Always, Paula Nigro.
BariGen mail list - a gathering place for genealogy researchers of the Province of Bari, Puglia, Italy
Basilicata - To research our ancestry and share our connections to this area of southern Italy.
Calitri Connections - This group is for descendants of immigrants from Calitri, Italy who want to exchange information, meet new cugini, talk about ancestry, and more
Castelmezzano Genealogy - Our group is working to transcribe all of the vital records for the town of Castelmezzano in the province of Potenza, Basilicata, Italy for the years 1809-1910
Circolo Calabrese - A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in the Calabria region of Italy.
Clan Cyberesh Mailing List - Arbëresh are people who migrated, or fled, from Albania to Italy beginning in the 15th Century living mainly in the Sicilian Towns of Mezzojuso, Piana degli Albanesi, Contessa Entellina, or Palazzo Adriano, or the Calabrian town of Falconara
moderated by John Cusimano contact the webmaster for more information.
GEN-ITALIAN Search - put in your surname and select the database to search through the 1997 through current postings. This is also archived by Rootsweb Click Here to view, but they are incomplete and also they do not know how to archive Italian characters, such as ì, è, ò, à and etc.
Italian Adoption - by John Campitelli. ITALIADOPTION is limited to adult *living* Italian born adoptees who have been adopted by North American parents and who wish to search for their birth family in Italy. They do not deal with genealogy research of ancestors who might have been adopted in Italy in past generations.
Italian Surname Email Database - List maintained by Nuccia of Gente di Mare. Click on the letter of your Italian Surname of
Interest. Click "feedback" near the top of the page to add
your Italian Surname.
Italian Vital Records - yahoo group for people with connections to Italy, to share family information and vital records and to help with genealogy-related questions.
More Email listings of Italian Surnames - Scroll down about the middle of the page, click on the initial of your last name & scroll down. This site is commercial but has over 31,000 Surnames to check out.
Italy Mailing Lists Signups - Big list of Italian Mailing Lists. A good place to find out about Italian Genealogy events, lectures, meetings, research in your areas of interest, etc., and other topics on Italy.
- dedicated to anyone researching families, ancestors or descendants of the towns of Podargoni, Cerasi and Schindilifa' in Reggio Calabria
Maranese Families - to discuss the history and the genealogy of the people from Marano Marchesato and it's surrounding towns in the Province of Cosenza, Calabria, Italy.
Ripalimosani Web Group - for those seeking ancestors who came from the town of Ripalimosani, in the Campobasso Region of Molise, Italy.
Italian Genealogy Mailing Lists - Rootsweb is the Oldest & Largest
free Genealogy Web Site and continues today because of its volunteers in
spite of having been bought out by a very commercial company. NOTE:
if you sign up to these lists and post a message your email address will
be put on the Internet so you need to use a free email like hotmail,
softhome.net, yahoo, newspaper
web-mail, etc, NOT your personal family email through your Internet Service Provider or else use a
News Subscription for the connection and "mung" the email address you
use when posting.
Italy - A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in the town of Triggiano, Bari, Italy - according to there info "this group contains an unbelievable database. You can do your research on your own... and all this is absolutly FREE!"
Genealogy E-mail Groups on YAHOO- many private and public groups for
Italian and other Genealogy Info (like how to do Genealogy Research
with computer, etc.) It is fun to browse the
"Public" Forums even if you don't want to join.
USENET Explained in Plain English - Usenet is a huge, globe-spanning network that is ten years older than the World Wide Web. In addition to hosting files, Usenet contains discussion groups. These groups pre-date the World Wide Web and have been largely supplanted by web forums. TG - Unlike the web, Usenet doesn’t have a built-in advertising mechanism.
and many, many, more on the World Wide Web. Un-moderated groups are generally the best
and eventually, if you lurk and read and watch for awhile before posting you
will get to recognize Spam and then it is very simple and easy to ignore it or put it into your "kill filter" which is not that easy if you are in a mail-list.
Newsgroups do not fill up your email box. They are great!!!
'Gen-Italian' takes part in some of
the Usenet discussions *however* after Rootsweb was bought out by
ancestry/et-al - that takeover company "appears" to block answers sent to the Roots-Mail-List people's questions when those
answers are posted by people with a newgroup
subscription...**So since this takeover, if you read a dangling, unanswered response to a Roots-Mail-List subscriber's question, which isn't even followed by a thank you or more questions, it is "often" simply because the newbie (and some are newbies forever) never "received" the message in their in-box.
if you belong to Rootsweb GEN-ITALIAN then you will need to use another reader to find all the answers posted to
questions. Most of the Newsgroup
Users in other countries don't want to fill up their mail boxes with large messages, which often contain ads at the bottom of the message, so
they efficiently use their Internet Service Providers news access or a private
After the "mail-list" newbies stopped
receiving International newsgroup users messages this
resulted in many genealogy research volunteers (particularly in Italy) to stop giving advice. Most International users have to pay for bandwidth and they do not want to be bother with using Mail-lists so they use Usenet Newsgroups instead.
Using a valid newsgroup
subscription is preferable to subscribing to any
mail-list archived on the Internet which will expose peoples legitimate email addresses to
Spam because knowledgeable computer users can post USENET messages using a fake email address to
avoid harvesting by Spambots.
munging is one of the best way to avoid
Spam from the Internet.
An easy way to disguise your email on USENET is simply to add words that anyone with a workable IQ could remove, such as; "nameofposterDELETE@NOSPAMyahoo.invalid"
-- and other various. At the bottom of your message you might put in your real email in words
only, without using the @ sign such as: Email: yourname [at]
server [dot] com
**I posted a test message to that newsgroup and it appeared in the GEN-Italian archives, so they/ancestry might be changing their policy. However, the above will stay in effect until I know for sure that they are not blocking messages. IMHO subscribing to a newsgroup service is always a better choice on USENET.
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