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 that are to be found in or originated from a particular Town and/or Region in Italy to help you in your Italian Family Tree Search.
Locality Specific - Specific Location Searches (ie: Australia) Message Boards for various areas in Italy and also other lists 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
Dear People, it is always best to use a
free-email not your
email on all and any mail-lists, websites, surname lists and etc. Kindest Regards, PN
OFF-Site links open to a new page otherwise use your browser back button to return to this page..
Surname Searches & Genealogy Message Boards
Ellis Island & more SHIPS Passenger Arrival Records (listed
on this site) - Ships Passenger Arrival Lists including Ellis Island Wall of Honor, Ellis Island Passenger Lists, Castle Gardens and other Immigrant Ship Passenger Arrival Records links are all located on the
SHIPS section of our free website here at Italian Genealogy Online.
Italian Names & Surnames page (on this site) - distribution maps and other interesting statistical databases on Italian Names & Names in general on the Italy Names Page: This link takes you to the entire page of Italian Name & Surname links.
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 is a mega-database of Surnames prepared by the Mormons but containing thousands of Family Trees, which are not necessarily Mormon. Many of these family trees have not been properly researched so use them as hints and do your own research or you will pass along errors.
GenCircles - from the creator of GenForum; Cliff Shaw. This was my favorite User Interface and display of information. The notes and sources are displayed very clearly. It is easy to use and very searchable. I personally used it for many of my Family Tree studies until it was sold to myheritage. However it is still good to search.
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.
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.
Listado de Apellidos - from Apellidos Italianos in Argentina.
"Genealogía Italiana en Español" (in Spanish) To browse, simply scroll down
or click on the first Initial of your Surname (Apellido) Interest.
at Rootsweb - goes through most of their databases quickly, SCROLL OVER and down a little to the right side of
page to: Refine Search / Surname.
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
THEREFORE try the next site:
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. Contacting others who are researching ancestors in the same comune of origin as your ancestors' origin will help you tremendously!!
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
Calabria Exchange - main focus is on comuni (towns) in the province of Reggio di Calabria, Italy
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).
Surname List - ITA-Sicily *Very well maintained* by Donna Guiffre researching all of
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Northern Italy Family History Research
- well moderated free list by Regina Gualco, unfortunately not viewable unless you
join (however this is how many mail-lists keep away spam). Covers the regions of Friuli-Venezia
Giulia, Liguria, Lombardia, Piemonte, Trentino-Alto Adige, Valle d'Aosta, and Veneto as well as the bordering areas of France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Emilia-Romagna and Toscana
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.
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.
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
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 and actually using a newsgroup subscription is always a better choice on USENET.
This document reflects the opinions of the author. This document is provided "as is" without any express or implied warranties. While every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this article, the author/maintainer and/or contributors assume(s) no responsibility for errors or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of the information contained herein.
If you know of
other Genealogy Message Boards or want to add your Genealogy Message Board,
Mail Group Contact, E-mail List, Genealogy Listserver, Usenet Reader to this
page send me the link for
consideration. Sorry but Boards and sites with excessive amounts of
advertising, spyware scripts (which the Firefox Browser or a popup
& script stopper will not stop)
fees to enter & other such
"red-tape" can_NOT be
Thank You & Best Regards Always,