Italian emigration to the United States came, of course, initially to the East Coast. Then the Italians spread throughout America, but many remained on the Atlantic coast. Not all of them, however, settled in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut. Some went north and stayed in Rhode Island, others further up Massachusetts, others even continued north...

Joseph Carabelli was a self-made man, an Italian immigrant who built a successful business in Cleveland that contributed to the local arts scene in ways that are still evident today. Born in 1850 in Porto Ceresio, Italy, Carabelli was apprenticed to a stone cutter while a young man. In 1870 he emigrated to the United States, settling in New York Ci...

“Idda means ‘her’ in Sicilian dialect,” says artist and designer Gabriella Picone.  It’s a word she heard often growing up between New York City and Lipari, the Aeolian island off the coast of Sicily. Now it’s the name of her new studio, which she launched last year while hunkering down in another seaside locale, the North Fork of Long Island. What...

Thea Duncan used to peel the fat off her prosciutto. Now she blissfully recalls the first time she tried lardo. Cassandra Santoro once subsisted on juice cleanses and quinoa. These days, she starts every morning with a cornetto. And a few years ago, Skyler Mapes and Linda Sarris rarely ate pasta out of concern that it would make them feel heavy. As...

Italian Parish Records is excited to announce that we are teaming up with Professor Nicola Barban of Demography at Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna. Dr. Barban is the Principal Investigator of the European Project GENPOP. “Genes, Genealogies, and the Evolution of Demographic Change and Social Inequality.” This Big Data for Investigating...

While FDR had his fireside chats, I experienced porch side chats where I learned much about my heritage. It is well known that weekly Sunday suppers were a special time for large Italian families. It was a day of rest, except of course for Italian mothers — but they loved it, as they had an opportunity to enjoy the company of relatives and visiting...

This month’s installment in our series on readers traveling to Italy in search of their roots and relatives features the story of Mary Louise Tucker, who has been drawn to her family history since she was young, hearing stories from her nonno about life in Abruzzo before he emigrated to Philadelphia as a 14-year-old boy. Mary Louise herself is an e...

For many Italian American families, the quest to unearth family histories often appears to be a daunting task.  But, in this week’s episode of the Italian American Podcast, we’re joined by an Italian genealogist who wants you to set aside your anxieties at the one place on earth created solely to reconnect members of the Italian diaspora with their...

All’Università della Calabria c’è l’unico centro di ricerca sulla letteratura e la cultura italoamericana di tutto il sistema universitario italiano. Il progetto si chiama “Italian Diaspora Studies” ed è stato fondato dalla visione coraggiosa e lungimirante della docente Margherita Ganeri nell’anno accademico 2016/2017. «Mi sono resa conto che c’er...

Over the last few months, we have been exploring our Italian heritage from the perspective of our ancestors’ life experiences. Last month I shared some tips on how to find your ancestor’s passenger list. This month, we are going to look at what it was like for our ancestors as they arrived at Ellis Island, the major port of entry for over 12 millio...