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Your Guide to Finding Italian Ancestors

There are twenty regions in Italy; within each region several provinces and within a province, communes, a political grouping of villages, towns and hamlets. Think of it as states (regions) counties (provinces) townships (communes) and cities or villages and hamlets (frazioni)

Italian Cities and Towns: Information and statistics on Italian Regions, Provinces and Municipalities. All Cities, Towns and Villages in Italy. Official site, zip codes, phone prefix, population, useful links.

See also Wikipedia articles

* General Guides * Professional Researchers * Maps * All-Italy Websites *Societies, Libraries and Archives
*Language and Name Aids* * Finding and Using Records * Queries & Help * More Links *

Guides to Doing Italian Research: Books and on the Web

Books and Articles

Research Guides On the Web

Professional Researchers (Italian Roots)

I have not used these services and can not evaluate them.
I note them here in case you want to explore further.

  • Italian Family Tree. The fact that this researcher is an Acredited Genealogist adds weight to her credentials.
  • My Italian Family; see also a Facebook page, where people may comment freely on their services.
  • Some members of the Association of Professional Genealogists specialize in Italian ancestry. This list is sorted by country; scroll down to find those who list "Italy" as a specialty. Click on the name for more information.
    • Membership in APG is by subscription. Members agree to meet certain standards, but membership does not assure quality. You will need to do further research to ascertain if the researcher is reliable. Here are the APG Guidelines.


All-Italy Websites with data

  • Italy GenWeb -- A WorldGenWeb site. As with all GenWeb sites, coverage is uneven.
    • Some provinces need a volunteer host and have almost no information, some are nicely covered. And there are some bad links... but play around with it (by clicking links) to find helpful pages.
  • Italian Genealogy Home Page-- Some advice, some databases online.... and it also includes links to non-Italian information. Check it out.
  • The Italian Genealogical Group has several databases you can search (list is on left... be sure to click the red plus signs).

Societies, Libraries and Archives

Language and Name Aids

Finding and Using Records


  • Italian Newspapers (from the Italy GenWeb site) -- note there is also a link to online newspapers.
  • Search the Chronicling America site, filling in placename and choosing Italian from the ethnicity dropdown to find Italian language newspapers published in the area of your ancestor's residence.

Queries and Help

More Links



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This page last updated 25-Apr-2015