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Genealogy Research in Italy

The research of our roots is both genetic and cultural: from the dusty, crumbling papers of documents people who belong to what we now are come out of the mist of time and look at us silently, affectionately, waiting for someone to decipher their tales, rescue them from oblivion and pass their otherwise forgotten names and stories on to the next generations.
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Hundreds of lists divided by region, province and commune, useful to check spelling and statistics. Choose a region from the map to the left to see listings:

The law of 1992 and its relevance for descendants of Italians, the prerequisites to obtain or reinstate Italian citizenship.

A tutorial on how to collect information and research ancestors, where records can be found in Italy and much more - our seminal guide online since 1998.

An introduction to research in ancient deeds, especially dowry assignments and wills, and their significance in genealogy research in centeuries before the civil records were established, or when parish books are not available.

A guide on how to use the Italian telephone book to find presence of surnames and possible relatives, addresses of communes and parishes and more.

List of archives with links to official websites, where it is possible to find catalogues of documents preserved there.

Lists of the over 8,000 communes, with link to the place webpage on this site, if available, or to the province and region where the commune presently belongs. The commune is the ultimate repository of all civil records for the latest 100 years and the authority that releases citizenship documents.

Lists of the over 35,000 frazioni and localities, with link to the commune, province and region where the frazione currently belongs.

Send your request for genealogy research in Abruzzo, Molise, Province of Frosinone, Rieti, Campania.

The etymology and origin of many Italian surnames, and an alphabetical guide, with growing collection of articles on some specific family names.

Family and property census for the former Kingdom of Naples (year 1742-1755) divided by ancient province.

List of the official websites of Italian communes, when available, with contact details and wealth of first-hand information.

Suggested Links
Featuring family heraldry and specialised research fields.

Over 100,000 messages collected since 1998, categorized by region and province, where you might find messages of other visitors researching, or post your own message.

Italian institute for heraldry and heraldic research; among its sections Araldica On Line, the widest heraldry directory in Italy, and the creation of coat-of-arms.

a collection of coat of arms of Italian families which also includes free registration of newly established emblems.