A Dual Citizenship Story

A Dual Citizenship Story By Sicilian Family Tree client John Giacchino In the late spring of 2005, my brother Anthony approached me to see if I would do the research to find out if we would qualify for Italian dual citizenship. We had talked about it before, but for some reason this time I decided…

David’s Dual Citizenship Story

David’s Dual Citizenship Story by David Crellin On October 22, 2015, at the Italian Consulate in Boston, my wife will present her application and supporting documentation for dual Italian-American citizenship.   It will culminate a sometimes frustrating but fascinating, and ultimately satisfying, year-long process that so far has consumed close to 200 hours of my time. It…

Tips for Using FamilySearch

Tips for Using FamilySearch FamilySearch now has 180 databases for Italy! Many are at least partially indexed but most are only digitized–the images are there but they need to be searched record by record. For a list of the towns covered, go to Historical Record Collections-Italy   Tip 1: When using that list of databases…

Finding Post-1866 Marriages in Italy

Finding Post-1866 Marriages In Italy The interesting history of Italy’s Unification has an impact on where you might find records for people who married in Italy after 1866. Prior to Unification, Italy was separated into several different Kingdoms, Duchy’s, and Republics. The Catholic Church also held a lot of power and there was no separation…

My Trip to Italy and Sicily

My Trip to Italy and Sicily In July 2000, I had the incredible opportunity to take part in a short documentary for the Ellis Island Foundation. They had recently built The American Family Immigration History Center TM, where visitors can use interactive computer technology to find the immigration records for their ancestors who came to this…