How to Trace Your Italian Family History
Brockman, Terra. A Student’s Guide to Italian American Genealogy. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 1996. 929.108 BROCKMAN
Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. Italian-American Family History: A Guide to Researching and Writing about Your Heritage. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing, 1997. 929.107 C21I
Colletta, John Philip. Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing: Baltimore, 2003. 929.1 COLLETTA
Nelson, Lynn. A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Italian Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage. Betterway: Cincinatti, OH, 1997. 929.107 N33G
Immigration, Emigration, and Migrations
Cordasco, Grancesco and Eugene Bucchioni. The Italians: Social Backgrounds of an American Group. Clifton, NJ: Augustus M. Kelley Publishers, 1974. 917.306 C81I
Foerster, Robert F. The Italian Emigration of Our Times. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1919. 325.245 F68I
Graziano, Anthony M. La Bell’America: From la Rivoluzione to the Great Depression: An Italian Immigrant Family Remembered. Teaticket, MA: Leapfrog Press, 2009. 974.7 G79B
La Bell’America will help explain why Italians emigrated. What happened in Italy to make people want or need to leave their homes?
Gabaccia, Donna R. Italy’s Many Diasporas. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2000. 909.045 GABACCIA
Immigration in U.S. History. Project editor, R. Kent Rasmussen. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2006. 2 vols. R 973.049 I33B
Prior, Katherine. The History of Emigration from Italy. New York, F. Watts, 1998. J 304.8 P93I
Cole, Trafford R. Italian Genealogical Records: How to Use Italian Civil, Ecclesiastical and Other Records in Family History Research. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry, 1995. 929.108 C67I
Italian for Genealogists
Shea, Jonathan D. and William F. Hoffman. Following the Paper Trail: A Multilingual Translation Guide. Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, 1994. 929 S53F
Researching Family Names
Fucilla, Joseph Guerin. Our Italian Surnames. 1949; rpt., Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. 929.4 F95O
Chapter 19 (XIX), “The Anglicization of Italian Surnames in the United States,” is useful for finding various spellings (or misspellings) of family surnames.
Location: Italian American Communities in Massachusetts
DeMarco, William M. Ethnics and Enclaves: Boston’s Italian North End. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Research Press, 1981. MASS 974.461 D39E
Pasquariello, Michael John. The Growth and Development of an Italian Community: Nonantum 1895-1940. A Master’s essay presented to Professor Andrew Buni, Boston College, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree, Master of Arts, American Studies. 37 pp. N 974.44 P26G 1978
Puleo, Stephen. The Boston Italians: A Story of Pride, Perseverance, and Paesani, from the Years of the Great Immigration to the Present Day. Boston: Beacon Press, 2007. 974.461 P96B
Riccio, Anthony V. Boston’s North End: Images and Recollections of an Italian-American Neighborhood. Guilford, CT: Insider’s Guide, 2005. 974.461 R35B
In Their Own Words (Interviews, Personal Narratives)
Fox, Stephen R. The Unknown Internment: An Oral History of the Relocation of Italian Americans During World War II. Boston: Twayne, 1990. 940.531 F83U
Merullo, Roland. Revere Beach Elegy: A Memoir of Home and Beyond. Boston: Beacon Press, 2002. 823.09 MERULLO .ME
Perez, Joseph F. Tales of an Italian-American Family. New York: Gardner Press, 1990. 305.851 P41T
Salterio, Paul W. One Name, One Family: An Italian-American’s Search for Continuity. New York: Vantage Press, 1987. 929.2 S17O
Scarpaci, Vincenza. A Portrait of the Italians in America. New York: Scribner, 1982. 973.049 S28P
Food and Family
Collecting family recipes and the stories that go with them make a wonderful addition to a family history.
DeSalvo, Louise A. Crazy in the Kitchen: Food, Feuds, and Forgiveness in an Italian American Family. New York: Bloomsbury, 2004. E DESALVO .DE
This is NOT a book of recipes. It describes the battles that went on between the women of two generations in the author’s family. One was deeply committed to the way she learned to cook in Italy. The other, the author’s mother, believed in convenience foods and the Americanization of her family. In following her roots to Southern Italy, the author learns not only about Italian food, but also about what led to the emigration of her family and so many others to American.
Vivian, Cassandra. Immigrant’s Kitchen, Italian. Monessen, PA: Trade Routes Enterprises, 1993. 641.945 V83I
If you want the recipes and their background, this is the place to look. The author provides short articles at both the beginning of the book and in the introduction to each section of recipes.
Culture and Identity
Johnson, Colleen Leahy. Growing Up and Growing Old in Italian American Families. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1985. 306.8 J63G
Tomasi, Lydio F. The Italian American Family: The Southern Italian Family’s Process of Adjustment to an Urban America. 1972; rpt., Staten Island, NY: Center for Migration Studies, 1981. 973.045 T59I
History in America [arranged by dates of events]
Schiavo, Giovanni Ermenegildo. The Italians in America before the Revolution. New York: Vigo Press, 1976.
Mariano, John Horace. The Italian Contribution to American Democracy. New York: Arno Press, 1975. 1921; rpt. New York: Arno, 1975. 973.049 M33I
Una Storia Segreta: The Secret History of Italian American Evacuation and Internment during World War II. Edited by Lawrence DiStasi. Berkeley, CA: Heyday Books, 2001. 940.53 UNA
Italian Genealogical Group
Mailing address: P.O. Box 626, Bethpage, New York 11714-0626
Internet address: http://www.italiangen.org
Italian Genealogical Society of America
Mailing address: P. O. Box 3572, Peabody, MA 01961-3572
Internet address: http://www.italianroots.org
Italian Historical Society of America
Mailing Address: 410 Park Avenue, Suite 1530, New York, NY 10022
Internet address: http://www.italianhistorical.org
National Italian American Foundation
Mailing address: 1860 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Internet address: http://www.niaf.org
Telephone: (202) 387-0600
New England Historic Genealogical Society
Address: 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116.
Internet address: http://www.newenglandancestors.org
The NEHGS library contains the most complete genealogical holdings on the East Coast. The Newton Free Library subscribes to the NEHGS membership website. Check with a librarian for access (available only within the library.) You do not need a membership to check the NEHGS online catalog and some of its other web features. You can do this from any computer with an Internet connection.
Boston Public Library–Boston’s North End is considered the Italian section of Boston
Library of Congress catalog
Doing a keyword search here can turn up additional books. If you find
something of interest, you may be able to obtain a copy of the book through
your local library’s Interlibrary Loan Department.
Local History and Genealogy Reading Room at the Library of Congress
You can type keywords into the search box. You might try starting off with Italian-American to get a feel for the site.
National Archives and Records Administration
(Federal Records including Immigration, Naturalization, Military, and Census)
On this federal site, click on “Genealogists/Family Historians” in the right frame.
On the local Massachusetts site, click on “Genealogical Research” under “For the Public” in the left frame.
Cyndi’s List: Italy/Italia
Index to websites by subject
Italian Research LDS help
Click on RESEARCH HELPS. Then click on Articles (or Guidance) and look alphabetically for Italian and Italy.
Italian American Websites
Radici, The Italian Genealogy Webclub
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