Finding Italian Heritage

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Finding Italian Heritage

Postby santydisabatino » 02 Jun 2015, 18:22

My Grandfather and Grandmother came from Serino, Italy. Grandfather was born in 1885, grandmother in 1887. How can I find more information on their records? Birth records, possible baptismal records, and marriage records. Grandfather immigrated to USA in 1909, grandmother in 1911

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Re: Finding Italian Heritage

Postby adelfio » 02 Jun 2015, 19:51

Welcome to IG website
What were there names and where did they settle in the USA?

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Researching Trabia, Palermo surnames Adelfio, Bondi, Butera, Scardino,Rinella, Scardamaglia

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Re: Finding Italian Heritage

Postby Robin B Mc » 02 Jun 2015, 21:15

Do you know where in Italy they were from? If so, many Italian vital records are available online, some can be found at http://www.antenati.san.beniculturali.it/en and others at https://familysearch.org/search/collect ... Id=1927178 - many of them are not digitally indexed though, so you won't find them by doing a name search, you have to browse the records manually. There's also some at Ancestry.com, but they require a subscription: http://search.ancestry.com/search/CardC ... %7C1*5118&

If the town you're looking for is not available online, you may find vital records on microfilm: https://familysearch.org/catalog-search

Otherwise, if you can not find your town at any of these sources, you'll have to write to the town hall and request copies of the records.

If you don't know where in Italy they came from, you'll have to first find out. You can do that by finding US records of them after their immigration. Their passenger list from when they arrived might name the town they're from. Otherwise, the best option is to find their naturalization papers (assuming they did naturalize). These may not necessarily be available online. Sometimes they're on microfilm, other times you might have to order them from the county courthouse where they naturalized - or from NARA. If they did not naturalize, you might luck out and find their hometown name on something like a death record (though normally in my experience only the country was recorded) or one of their children's birth records.


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