First Steps in Researching Our Italian Ancestors

Mar 23, 2015 782

by Mary Tedesco

Exploring and finding our Italian family history helps us not only to understand our ancestors, but also to understand and appreciate ourselves. It is an incredible journey. Some will strive to trace their tree back to the Roman Emperor Constantine while others simply want to discover the names of their great grandparents. Whatever your motivations and goals, your journey will be paved with many rewards and probably a few surprises and challenges along the way.

Genealogy is not always easy. Our ancestors are often not where we expect to find them. Sometimes we encounter missing records, lost records, access issues in Italy, the USA or another country to where our ancestors immigrated.

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