Finding emigration info

Over 25 million Italians have emigrated between 1861 and 1960 with a migration boom between 1871 and 1915 when over 13,5 million emigrants left the country for European and overseas destinations.
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Finding emigration info

Post by lpn0729 » 03 Feb 2012, 01:31

How do I begin to find info on my grandparents who emigrated from Italy to the US in the early 1900's?

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Re: Finding emigration info

Post by Tessa78 » 03 Feb 2012, 15:19

Hello and welcome!

We usually begin with what we know using that to find later records like census, military records, naturalizations, and ship manifests. These will provide more information (dates, etc) that can help us to identify the EXACT town of birth in Italy.

Civil registrations are held at the Comune(town) level in Italy.

There are several resources you can use:
A wonderful (free) site is for which you will need to register.
You can also look at the microfilmed records from the LDS Family History Library once you know the town of record. To find the nearest Family History Library
To locate ship manifests for immigrants arriving in New York, you can use the free site (you will need to register)
You can also subscribe, for a fee, to sites like and

Can we help you?
If you provide some names, dates of birth, place of residence in US and possible year of immigration maybe we can get you started... :-)


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