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This Italian Genealogy Online forum exists so people can freely post, search, SHARE FREE information on their Italian Surnames and on how to do Genealogical Research. In giving we all learn better Family Tree Search Techniques. This is a terrific hobby and is best enjoyed by learning while doing it yourself.

Use our Italian Genealogy Online Message Board - Italy Roots Forum to find family members or leave information about your Italian family and to post genealogy questions and answers. (help or be helped)

All off topic messages will be deleted

We do_NOT_offer any kind of Professional Genealogy Services and we do_NOT_recommend any

Messages offering professional genealogist services or requests for recommendations to professional genealogists or other sales-pitches will be deleted.

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Please repost your surname every 12 months to keep it fresh and active. The Message Board automatically deletes old messages to avoid problems of outdated posts with no longer active email addresses and unwieldy databases.

Please Note that disc.yourwebapps, which gives me free space for this message board, will never "immediately" be aware of the conduct of *all* their advertisers all of the time because they are Technical Support People trying to make a living with their Techie Knowledge and host other forums too. They have to pay for their electricity, hardware, tech support and other essentials in order to keep their servers online. Therefore some of their google-keyword ads (which they don't generally see except in random checks) go directly to commercial genealogy-sales groups.

If you find yourself on an ad page, which you didn't mean to click - simply ignore it, click the X in the upper right hand corner of the ad to shut it and / or use your browser back button to return to the Italian Genealogy Online Message Board - Italy Roots Forum.

Speaking freely - I personally wish they would give us good Italian food, organic food, chocolate, ice cream and / or travel ads instead of all the typical genealogy for hire ads when most know it's better to go to various genealogy societies, the Mormons or the free learn to do-it-yourself webpages on the Internet where we can learn how to do our own genealogical research and meet others interested in the same family trees or who are researching in the Italian Comune of our ancestors.

Best Regards and Happy, SAFE, Genealogy Hunting. 
Paula Nigro

This site is a hobby of mine. Hopefully it will help others in their own Genealogy Research find out about their Italian Ancestors and Italian Surnames. Please take time to read the advice of people, like you, who have researched their own surname origins. You will be inspired to continue with your Family History Research by reading the personal stories on our list of Italian Ancestry Family Tree Pages. The majority of these people have NOT paid professional genealogists. Most people gradually learn to do their own genealogy research, little by little, meeting hobbyists with the same interests and thereby learning more & more with time & patience. - You can too!  -PN-

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  More info & Tips below for those new to the Internet and Genealogy Research  

If you are new to the Internet or Message Board Posting you may not know that every time you place your email address VISIBLY on a webpage, for instance in the body of a message on a message board, you will receive "Unsolicited Sales Pitches" and also email from people asking for money or "donations" for services, or products or con-artist sob stories. "Spam" is like the Junk-Mail you receive at home. Delete/Trash it and know that no reputable company would send you a sales pitch without you contacting them first.

Avoid this problem - DO NOT POST YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS (or anyones) IN THE MESSAGE ITSELF, some message boards don't offer this great option but WE DO, so use it wisely, Post your email address in the space between Author and Subject, which will hide it from Robot E-mail Harvesters.

If someone emails you with an offer of professional genealogy services and asks you for a fee or a "donation" of any kind, is NOT in the spirit with which this message board & genealogy research site is maintained or was created. Simply ignore them and delete them. Complain to their ISP Provider if they won't go away. Posting on a message board is asking for free advice not a call for "bids." If you need more information on Spam, aka Junk Mail, scroll down to the bottom of this page or click here.

Caution Notice

All sales pitches for professional genealogy services are deleted whenever possible.

If after posting a message someone sends you their "pitch", offering to render genealogy services for you, rather than posting a direct answer to your specific surname search or answer to your specific genealogy question directly on the Message Board, please understand I *never* recommend these kind of people ever. This type of behavior is unprofessional and constitutes SPAM.  Obviously, anyone who operates in this manner can not be recommended.  If you receive this kind of email, forward with full headers to the abuse section of your ISP Provider,  to the ISP provider of the sender of the spam and to Spam Cop.  Also, Click here to look up Email and Internet Provider complaint addresses.

And also send to me, as an *inline text message* (I delete all attachments) complete with full headers or post a message about them on the Message board so I can start deleting all their postings.


Save Yourself from Email Worms:

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About Email "Spoofing" Viruses (Spoofed / Forged Email)

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This site *never* distributes Email addresses.

Read about E-Mail Spam junk mail on the links below and you will find that it is VERY easy for "Spam-Spyders" to troll the Internet and pick up e-mail addresses from displayed Internet Pages of any kind. In addition unfortunately, some people search message boards for E-mail addresses and then send almost everyone who visibly posts their email the same E-mail letter, basically an informal resume, in which you are offered their services if you pay expenses often they call it a "donation".  Anyone who contacts you in this manner is simply lifting your E-mail address off the message board, if you have the link showing or post it in a message.

Also, if you have placed your e-mail address directly on any *other* message board or subscribed to a "mail-list" such as the ones on Rootsweb, which are directly gatewayed to Usenet Newsgroup Feed then "spammers" easily obtain your e-mail address from those places.

It is good to use a free web-mail service to protect your home ISP e-mail. A free E-mail account like AOL, GMX, Hotmail, Mail.com, Yahoo, your local newspaper free e-mail service, and many others are the best thing to use when you post on message boards. (Save your ISP mail account for your family and close friends.) Disable HTML in your e-mail and use the "Bulk-mail" option to collect all obvious junk mail, which is then automatically dumped once a week or so if you use Free email with Spam filtering then BE-SURE to always check your bulk/spam-bin.

Hope this helps.

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You easily recognize "JUNK MAIL" when you get it in your mail-box at home, Right???  Well, on the Internet, when it is sent to your E-Mail Address it is called "SPAM",  but it is still "Junk-Mail" if it is a Sales Pitch asking for donations or any other money from you for whatever reason when you did not write specifically to them first and ask for information.  Excessive Multi-Posting of the same message on a message board is also Spam .

If anyone sends you ANY e-mail solicitations (sales-pitches) Simply copy and paste the email Spam with "Full Email Header" and process through Spamcop and/or forward to your ISP Mail  or  Web mail  provider as Spam.  

Snark sends bills to Junk Mailers, read their interesting (albeit sarcastic) explanation.

Provider of Snark Commercial E-Mail Spam Billing

  • WHAT IS SPAM - "Spam is flooding the Internet with many copies of the same message. Email Spam targets individual users with direct mail messages by scanning Usenet postings, stealing Internet mailing lists, or searching the Web for addresses"  [by copying them right off of websites]

  • Stopping Email Abuse

  • Common Spammer tricks and tips to avoid them - basic tips

  • Responsible Anti-spam Sites - plenty of information here including the mail abuse email addresses for various email hosts and Internet Providers.  

  • Yahoo! Mail Abuse Help - includes what is spam and more.

  • Attachments - are dangerous to your computer.  Delete them whenever you have not been notified in advance by the sender as many senders don't even know they have a virus.

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