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Tracing Italian Roots: What Sites Are Out There?

Italian ancestry is extremely common in the English-speaking world. Around five million Italians migrated to the US in the 19th and 20th centuries. Even in the UK, there are large numbers of families with Italian origins, as the size of the Anglo-Italian Family History Society attests.

This article takes a look at what sites are out there to assist you in Italian genealogy research. English-language resources are inevitably fairly scarce in this area, but these sites should get you off to a good start.

Italian Ancestry
Italian Ancestry styles itself as a ‘jump site’ for the field, and offers links to research resources, Italian search engines, and a ‘toolbox’ of links for areas such as Italian medical terminology and professional titles. There are also some more general links on Italian culture, as well as information divided by region and province. It’s a good place to begin your research, since the body of knowledge it connects you to is extremely large.

Geneal Italia
A relatively new site, Geneal Italia is hosted by Daniela Massolo, a resident of Argentina from Italian heritage. The site offers a useful blog on Italian research, as well as permanent pages with excellent information on Italian surnames, parish records, immigration statistics, and more.

Italian Genealogical Group
This site is notable, first of all, for being one of only a few sites in the 2010s to still feature embedded midi music. But beyond this, it offers some fantastic information for the researcher. Perhaps its most useful resource is its range of databases. These include data on naturalizations, death and marriage indexes, ship lists, and Italian communes. They’re all volunteer-created, and free to search. In addition, the site hosts a number of useful articles on Italian genealogy, more of which can be obtained by signing up to the group’s regular newsletter. If you’re interested in Italian family history, joining the group could be a good move.

Italiangenealogy.com offers something a little different, in that it’s a message forum rather than a straightforward website. It is, all the same, a very useful resource. Most questions receive several responses, and, since the site has been running for some time, there are thousands of posts available to search. You may find that some problems you’re encountering have been discussed and solved already.

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  1. For tracing italian roots i should consult three webs, i hope to have succes.
  2. By the genealogical maternal line, our ancestors showed the Ybana - Severino surnames, which are registered in many old documents ; it is as follows to describe:

    YBANA: French-catalonian surname, which is mentioned at first time by IX Century (valley of Ybana, located environs the Ebro river, Catalunya) during expansion of Carolingio Empire against Arabs, being King Luis I, son of Carlomagno, who confronted them with his army for liberation of Tortosa city in Tarragona; although, the Italian Genealogical Group NYC considers the surname Ybana as italian. Perhaps, french or italian people had known that ancient valley and given its name. Passed the time, some Ybana immigrated to northwest (XII Century) following the course of high Ebro, later to southwest Spain (XVI Century), and finally towards America.

    SEVERINO: Italian last name originating of Campania (Naples-Salerno), being the city of Mercato San Severino (ancient city di Rota) in Salerno the place where was born this surname. The norman knight Turgisio (Normandy, France, 1020 - Salerno, Italy, November 1081) was the first Severino (or Sanseverino), who took his surname from name of the valley San Severino, becoming Turgisio di Sanseverino, Lord & Count of that valley and its old castle (XI Century). To passing the time, five centuries after Turgisio, the family "di Sanseverino" had grown enough, then, to prevent marriage between relatives and have a more detailed record, it forced the catholic world to register (Council of Trento, 1564), so some "di Sanseverino" registered their surname removing the "di", and others the "di" and the "San", originating the Severino and Sanseverino families, which have Turgisio as common ancestor. Hence, the Severino immigrated italian southward and the world.

    "Severino and Sanseverino all the world is related by this ancestor: Turgisio di Sanseverino, military and Norman noble, Lord of Arnes, Iceland, Count di Rota, Duke di Puglia and Lord of the Valley of San Severino and its castle, Italy XI Century"

    (Above, are words inscribed on the gravestones of Victoriano Ybana Severino (1886-1921) and his wife Teodosia Severino Romero (1891-1953), and of their sons Felipe Ybana Severino (1915-2009), Exaltación Ybana Severino (1916-2002) and Emilio Ybana Severino (1918-2003), ancestors of Ana F Vilca Ybana, Brígida R Vilca Ybana, Pedro Vilca Ybana, Liliana Vilca Ybana, Milagros Vilca Ybana and Jaime J Vilca Ybana, sons of Madame Yrene Ybana, Lima-Perú)

    Our personal data today:
    Brígida R Vilca Ybana: Executive Coordinator PPSS-CEPEA, Teacher and Course-CESDE in Office Management and Secretarial Laboratory, Executive Secretary of Ayacucho Regional Hospital-Ministry of Health, on behalf of Public Management Degree.
    Pedro Vilca Ybana: Civil engineer
    Liliana Vilca Ybana: Administrator and Manager of Private Companies Arte Grabado & Punto y Línea
    Milagros Vilca Ybana: Graduated in Social Labor
    Jaime J Vilca Ybana: architect

    Thanks My Heritage blog for sharing knowledge

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