The US Census Bureau's American Community Survey asks millions of Americans every year several questions about their economic, social, and demographic situations. One of those questions asks respondents to report their families' ancestries, from Italian to German to Mexican. Using that self-reported ancestry data from the Minnesota Population Cente...

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day have come and gone, and many friends and family members posted photos honoring their parents, as did I. As a genealogist, I can tell from the photos people posted just how well they have preserved their photo collections. Some people have 20 clear sharp images of themselves with their father or mother over a range of y...

I’ve had more than a few good cries since my father passed away in early May. He lived a long life and he was busy and robust until the end, and I’m grateful for that. But in some ways, it makes the loss even harder to bear. Tears still flow over the smallest of things, like driving to Joseph’s Finest Meats for the first time without my dad’s sausa...

E poi si dice che ormai si è perso il ‘senso della famiglia’: nell’era dei social che – almeno virtualmente – rendono tutti vicini, anche se dall’altro capo del mondo, c’è ancora chi non riesce a fare a meno del ‘richiamo alle origini’ e fa davvero di tutto per riscoprire le proprie radici. Anche se le proprie radici sono in un paesino ormai quasi...

Victoria Gatopoulos is half Italian. Her great-grandparents immigrated from Italy. Her mother grew up in an Italian-American family in Brooklyn. Though Gatopoulos grew up in East Rutherford, in one of New Jersey’s most-Italian areas, the 17-year-old said she didn’t really feel that connected to her ethnicity. Her great-grandparents and the stories...

It is a special year for L’Italo Americano, which celebrates its 110th anniversary. One hundred and ten years dedicated to keeping the Italian American community on the West Coast united, to inform people about its achievements and its history and, to maintain alive the Italian heritage of thousands of families, throughout many a generation. Indeed...

Growing up in Connecticut, Deborah always felt something was missing, a sensation that stayed with her even when, as an adult, she moved to New York with her husband. One day at work, following a playful exchange with a colleague, she googled the name of her great-grandfather’s hometown, Fumone, and, upon seeing photos of it, was immediately won ov...

Although most families hold reunions to coincide with various milestones in each member’s life, the Spremulli’s, who have long-time ties to Johnston, Cranston and Providence, have always taken a much different route. On a recent sunny afternoon, the Spremulli brothers – John, Tony and Joe – held their annual family reunion-luncheon inside famed Twi...

This summer in late July the members of Tony and Pauline Oropallo’s family will gather for their "Big Six" family reunion. The tradition began in the late 1970s and there has been at least one reunion every decade since. The name "Big Six" is in honor of the six Oropallo children: Harry, Eugene, Mary, Louis, Teresa and Anthony. Family members will...

When: Saturday, May 19, 2018 From 10:00 am To 1:30 pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Los angeles - Organized by: IIC & Lingua Viva - Entrance: Fee $105 *To register please call (310) 824-7408 or email classes.iicla@esteri.it Back by Popular Demand! Millions of Americans identify themselves as having Italian ancestry. If you’re one of them,...