Below are three great websites that can help with all of your Italian research and finding your italian ancestors.
1 – Antenati
“The Portale Antenati (Ancestors Portal) – promoted and sponsored by the Direzione Generale per gli Archivi (Italian National Archives) – was born out of the necessity to make available the huge treasure of documents that are stored in the State Archives, not only for the purposes of genealogical research, of recreating the history of families and individuals, but also to contribute to the understanding of the social history of communities. Through Il Portale (The Portal), it is actually possible to browse through millions and millions of historical images of records in possession of the State, and to find the names of people in these documents, and obtain information on the documentation as well. Currently (November 2017) 67.077.479 images from 51 state archives are present in the Portal.”
ItalyHeritage has information on Italy, with insights into the very soul of villages and towns and the great wealth of historical, cultural, artistic and natural beauties. As well as Documents, photos, genealogy records, archives, to help the descendants of Italians to get back to their roots through research. It also offers articles to rediscover the importance of the traditions that forebears kept as their special treasure in their quest for a better future.
3 – Gens.info
Gens.info can be incredibly useful for researching Italian ancestors with more unique names as you can usually narrow down where that family name is from to a specific region. For example if we search for the name “Berlusconi” we can see it is heavily populated around the Lombardy Region, this can be vital when you don’t have much of a starting point in your Italian research.
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