Genealogy Surname Boards & Searches
Surname Searches & Genealogy Message Boards
- most are easy to use and do not clutter up your mailbox unless it is something directed only to
- 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
E-mail Surname Lists
- Italian Archives, Yahoo E-groups, and
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- Ellis Island & more SHIPS Passenger Arrival Records (on site) - Ships Passenger Arrival Lists including Ellis Island Wall of Honor, Ellis Island Passenger Lists, Castle Gardens and other Immigrant Ship Passenger Arrival Records listed on the
SHIPS section of Italian Genealogy Online.
- Italian Names & Surnames page (on site)- distribution maps and other interesting statistical databases on Italian Names & Names in general
- Allen County Public Library - Genealogy Center Free Databases
- 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 - You can view some Images FROM HOME. Personally I prefer browsing the images myself so I won't become lazy and believe something isn't there simply because NO one transcribed them correctly. (the handwriting was different in the past (often very ornate) and spelling was NOT standardized) I would NEVER have gotten back to the 1700s if I had depended on transcriptions as I found many 'lost' records simply by browsing "and" -also- researching collateral lines.
- Family Search is a mega-database of Surnames prepared by the Mormons and also 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-only* - do your own research or Risk passing along errors!
- SEARCH THE FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY CATALOG for Italian Records - many of the Italian Records from Italy are listed under the Province.
- Family Tree Maker Online Keyword Search - keyword search locates information anywhere in the Family Tree Maker.com Web site, except the Family Finder and the Social Security Death Index. (Archived Read-Only database)
- Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records - used to be a user friendly FUN resource for finding final resting places of famous folks, friends and family. A good number of their contributors were some of the best, kindest and most careful Genealogy Researchers online. It is not the same since Ancestry took over and changed the great parts of Find-A-Grave (such as seeing everything about the deceased on one page).
- GeneaNet Genealogical Database Network - - universal register of all the world's genealogical resources whether Net-based or not and whether free or fee-paying where you can find Italian Surname listings throughout the world.
- GenForum Surname Board Search - Surname Board dedicated to your surname. Search for thousands of surnames. (Archived Read-Only database)
- Genealogy Forum: Italy - GenForum has over 35,000 online forums devoted to genealogy archived in a read-only format.
- Heritage Quest Online is a terrific resource available from home via your free Public Library card from Public Libraries across the country. Check with your local public library and affiliate libraries which may honor your library card.
- Italian Genealogy Forum by Edmondo Tardio
- 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
- One-Place Studies - Directory of sites dedicated to one-location
- Registry of Websites at Rootsweb - includes Regional Resources, such as freely Hosted Genealogy-Homepages (such as mine) and more.
- Rootsweb Mailing Lists - you can find a specific list or search the list archives
- Rootsweb Finding Roots Together
- 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
- Social Security Death Index Search from FamilySearch.org.
IMPORTANT NOTE: you will *not* find anyone listed who died before 1962 on the Internet SSN databases. If you can't find your ancestors do what I did - obtain the Official State Death Record on each grandparent. Their death record will have their SSN on it. Use it to request a copy of their Handwritten Social Security Application. The typed extraction may have errors by the clerk. Send for a copy of the actual request written by your ancestor.
- Surname Helper - Search for a Surname
- Surname Navigator - by Rob Kuijsten
- Surname Specific Message Boards at Rootsweb.- search for your surname you might have a Message Board devoted to it exclusively.
- The Computerized Ancestor - An internet database furnished by Yates Publishing, consisting of an index to over 840,000 family group sheets with contact information on submitters.
- USA Census Records Information (on site) - More records are added periodically. (NARA) USA National Archives has an easy to use image tool for many of their holdings. You can easily access NARA from almost any type of computer and almost any browser. NARA has an accessibility design just like Wikipedia and the UK government. Although the (LDS) Family History Centers have almost all of the Census Records in their Libraries their familysearch online site is no longer considered easily accessible due to their de-facto requirement of users frequently forced to upgrade all their internet access devices to the latest whatever and especially since they now require snoopy, unsafe, Java Script for access. THEREFORE, if you are new to research drop by one of their Family History Centers for some free tips IN PERSON. (use the SOUNDEX Code Generator on our USA Tools Page before you visit LDS.)
- USGenWeb Archives Special Projects - all volunteer transcriptions of birth, marriage, death, cemetery, military and other records by state.
- WorldConnect Project, more than 640 million names - More than 650 million names on file. Refine a search that yields too many "hits" by including more information, also, you may use a wildcard. For example, put 187* in the birth year field to search all years from 1870 through 1879.
- R. I. P. to the *great* GenCircles -from the creator of GenForum; Cliff Shaw
I am linking to the ARCHIVE of his great site so you can see a GOOD Graphical Interface. His design had an excellent presentation of FACTS and PROOF.
YOU CAN DO IT - Upload your own website of your own family trees. AVOID putting your family trees on pay to view sites for 'members only' if you want to *reach out* to the world.
Locality Specific / Italy, USA & other specifics including Naturalizations
Waldensian Ancestors - Surname List & Family Researchers sponsored by Piedmont Families Organization, Inc.
World War II Army Enlistment Records documenting the period circa: 1938-1946 - Access to Archival Databases at the US National Archives
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- 386 Italian families that came to Brazil - through the State of Espitiro Santo.
- More than 1300
Italians applied for a visa to return to Italy in late 1918 , from
Philadelphia. Were your ancestors among them? This info is linked to
the Pennsylvania USGenWeb
Project (when you get there scroll down to PA
- AbruzzoForum.com - forums for
Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Emilia Romagna,
Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Molise, Marche, Piemonte,
Puglia, Sardegna, Sicilia, Toscana, Trentino Alto-Adige, Umbria, Valle
- Apice, Provincia di Benevento, Campania - partial civil record extracts by Joan Victoria Manzo
Immigrants - National Archives of Australia search as a Guest or Registered researcher.
Name Search turned up plenty of Italian Emigrants for every Italian Surname I tried including some cousins
- 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
- Brooklyn Genealogy Information - by Steve Morse. Includes names of New Yorkers from the early days when it was New Amsterdam, to Italian and other Immigrants and up through the years to WW2.
- 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 Tropea.
- Calabria Exchange Italian Ancestry Genealogy Project - links to websites with Italian Record Extractions
- Calabrian Heritage Forum - maintained by George Lilli
- Calabrian Soldiers decorated in WWI & WWII . - If you know of another to add to their list be sure to email the webmaster.
- Calitri 1753 Status animarum (State of Souls) transcribed by Richard Barclay Robertson
Crotone, Calabria Civil Records - by Cynthia Milán de García
- Como Baptism Records - from the Archive in Como, Lombardia (Lombardy) Italy
- Cook County, Illinois - Clerk of the Circuit Court: Search the Naturalization Declarations of Intention - The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County Archives is home to more than 500,000 naturalization petitions covering the years 1871 to 1929. More than 400,000 of these records are Declarations of Intention, 1906-1929 usually the first papers to be filed by those who wished to become U.S. citizens.
- Garibaldi's Army Volunteers in 1860 - In Italian from an Italian Government Document.
- Gioiosa Marea, Provincia di Messina - a sprinkling of birth records extracted by Joan Manzo
- 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.
- Italians in the Confederate Army - recorded in 1862 when New Orleans was captured by the Union Army
- ITALY REGIONS at GenForum - as of my last check they cover -Abruzzo, Avellino, Bari, Basilicata, Calabria, Foggia, La Spezia, Latina, Milan, Molise, Naples, Rome, Sicily and Venice. (archived site)
- Laurenzana, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy 1809-1910 - Transcriptions of Births, Deaths, and Marriages.
- Lettopalena, Abruzzi list of Surnames - began with surnames from in & around Lettopalena, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy and other towns from Italy's central Adriatic Coast in the western Abruzzo Region.
- Matricola Nobilium
(Milano anno 1277) - Noble families in Milan Italy in the year 1277 and more...
- Naturalization Index for Kings County (Brooklyn, New York) - 1907-1924
- Naturalizations Records Collections - Immigration database website list - By
Steve Morse includes New York Immigration and Much more.
- New York City Death Records & Indexes - all boroughs good list by Joe Beine
The 5 New York City Boroughs of
today are Manhattan (New York County), the Bronx (Bronx County),
Brooklyn (Kings County), Queens (Queens County), and Staten Island
- NYC - WTC List of Names - database of victims of September 11, 2001 tragedy.
- Parma (PR) Emilia-Romagna, Italia Surname List - Index of Surnames (click on
"Indice dei nomi") in Italian
Fele, Potenza, Italy Surname list - if your surname is on this list your heritage "may" be linked to the comune of San Fele in Potenza, Basilicata, Italy.
Sanfele Italy Historical Family Trees has specifics on some branches.
- San Giorgio La
Molara, Provincia di Benevento - partial civil record extracts by
Joan Victoria Manzo
- Sersale, Catanzaro, Calabria - transcriptions of Birth, Marriage and some Death Records
- Sicilian 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
researching all of SICILY.
- Tito, Potenza, Italy Civil Record Transcriptions - by
Grace Lancieri Olivo
(very inspiring work)
- Torre le
Nocelle, Avellino, Campania - Birth Records, names and years of birth only
- Trentino Italy Birth 1815-1923 - search the database in 6 languages
- Val di Non in Trento Province,
Trentino-Alto Adige Region, Italy - Surnames in the villages of:
- Cusiano & Pellizzano, Trento, Italy - with 10,003 individuals
- Preghena & Livo, Trento, Italy - with 20,509 individuals
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.
Italian Archives, E-mail Surname Lists, Italy Mailing lists,
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- I T A L Y Genealogy Mailing Lists Signups - A good place to find out about Italian Genealogy
events, lectures, meetings, research in your areas of interest, etc., and other topics on Italy.
Genealogy Mail-List - Discuss anything that has to do with the Aeolian
Islands and especially Aeolian Genealogy.
- 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
- 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 on Google Groups - 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 Genealogy Start Here - A place to talk about Italian Genealogy by
Illya James D'Addezio
- Italian Surname Collection - by Anthony Parente. HUGE Over 50,000 names with email address contact. Add yours.
- 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.
- 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.
- Montalbano Elicona & Messina, Sicily - this Discussion Group Was Started For Families Researching Their Ancestors in Montalbano Elicona and Other Comunes of Messina, Sicily.
- Ripalimosani Web Group - for those seeking ancestors who came from the town of
Ripalimosani, in the Campobasso Region of Molise, Italy.
- San Fele,
PZ, Italia Connections - San Fele Research Interests Email Surname List Contacts.
- San Pietro
Avellana, IS, Molise, Italia - topics relating to the Italian town of San Pietro
Avellana, mostly discussions about genealogy of people from that town who have emigrated all over the world
- San Polo Matese Genealogy - for those seeking genealogy information on ancestors from the town of San Polo Matese in the Molise Region of Italy.
- Sardinia-1 On-Line Mailing List - to explore ALL that is Sardinia; culture, customs, history, language, traditions
- Senerchia, Italy - dedicated to anyone researching families, ancestors or descendants of Senerchia in the Province of
Avellino, Campania Italy.
- Sicilian Family Reunion - Discussion forum for family researchers and families of Sicilian Heritage.
- Tutti Siciliani - to explore our Sicilian Ancestry in ALL its aspects
- Triggiano Bari
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.
USENET Genealogy Newsgroups
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; " [email protected] "
-- 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
- Genealogy Newsgroup Announcement - There are text newsgroups, where people exchange information and some just talk. Then there are binary newsgroups, where people actually post and download genealogy data, such as photos, maps, books, CDs, just about anything you can think of.
- What is USENET - Internet Exploration Station Information Center by Harley Hahn
- 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.
- Links to a basic understanding of Usenet Newsgroups.
Newsgroups have been around a long time and eventually Rootsweb started
mailing lists which are "Gatewayed" to the Usenet Newsgroup..
- Browse USENET archives on
- Searchable archive of more than 700 million Deja News Research Service
Archives of USENET postings from a period of more than 20 years, which Google purchased
from Deja News
and now Google via "groups.google.com" continues to archive most of the
- All groups > USENET (archived by Google) > soc . genealogy
- All groups > USENET (archived by Google) > alt
- All groups > USENET (archived by Google) > rec . heraldry
soc.genealogy.italian - Google's USENET
reader easily lets you read Newsgroups via a browser without a "mail-list" signup.
Google purchased the old Deja News Archives
and still keeps them online.
- It is much better to read and respond to Newsgroups via a *real* Usenet Newsreader rather than a mail-list subscription for MANY reasons.
One reason is that real Usenet newsgroups (in their entirety) are archived on the Internet on Research Servers, University Servers, Undernet and other Internet Relay Chat (IRC) servers and others throughout the world. Another reason is that "mail-lists" like Rootsweb do not allow address munging , which is the easiest way to protect yourself from Spam when posting in a USENET newsgroup.
- In the Rootsweb archives of the Mail-list
"usenet" groups , posters' email addresses are easily viewable & obtainable by users of Linux and other Web Browsers such as Firefox & Opera although not viewable to most people using IE browsers . Unfortunately
to USENET tend to "freak-out" when a message they send to a munged
bounces. This stress can be avoided by self-education such as Usenet for Dummies . There are thousands of articles online on how to use Internet
Newsgroups ; find articles you can easily understand.
- A few Internet service providers operate news-servers for their users to access as part of
their related services most no longer include newsgroups as part of your subscription.
- There are also many, better Usenet Newsgroup
services for a reasonable subscription fee such as giganews and
usenetserver. There are many
newsgroup reader programs from which you can choose.
It is best to learn to use a Usenet Newsreader like
Agent (Forte), MaxNews, Xnews, etc. to easily view & post to Usenet
groups without using a Web-browser although some few still use Outlook Express to READ the Usenet Groups
- REAL USENET NEWSGROUPS
are best accessed with an ad-free, unlimited service, newsgroup subscription to Giganews, Usenetserver, Supernews, Easynews, Newshosting, Astraweb, and more throughout the world. All legit newsgroup servers allow easy access to various newsgroups such as these listed below:
- news:alt.binaries.cd.genealogy.d (d is for discussion)
- and hundreds (maybe thousands) more on the Internet. Un-moderated groups are the best for getting the truth IF you lurk, read and learn by watching for awhile before posting. Or maybe never post. lol You will get to recognize Spam and Usenet Trolls and then it is very simple and easy to ignore or put into your "kill filter" which is not that easy or else impossible if you are in a mail-list unless it is tediously monitored. Newsgroups are GREAT since they do not fill up your email box.
- Public News Servers FREE access to text-only newsgroups - sites which allow free, public access via NNTP protocol to Usenet newsgroups. (you would use a newsreader with these) All servers listed in this category allow anyone to read articles. Some of the servers allow you to post messages.
- Free access to text-only newsgroups - sites which allow access to Usenet newsgroups via a web page.
- Web-based access to USENET newsgroups
- SPECIAL NOTES:
IMHO subscribing to a newsgroup service is always a better choice on
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 the link to me for
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