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Welcome to the Anglo-Italian Family History Society

If your ancestors lived in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland) after moving from Italy, this site can help you research your family history.

Our members support each other in tracing their Italian ancestry back to Italy.

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Annual General Meeting

You are invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Anglo-Italian Family History Society on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 1.30 p.m. at Camden Local Studies & Archives, 32-38 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8PA.

The venue is right in the heart of London’s Little Italy. Why not put aside time to explore the Clerkenwell streets that were home to many of our Italian ancestors or pop into St Peter’s Italian Church where some were baptized and married?

You will have an opportunity to share your stories and research tips with fellow AIFHS members. Camden’s Archivists will also be on hand to answer questions on the collection of documents and photographs from their extensive collection which will be on display.

Italian Roots - the Society's magazine

The April 2016 edition of "Italian Roots" is now available to view and/or download from the journal section of the Members' Only area.

All editions of our award winning quarterly journal, Italian Roots, are available to view or download in the Member's only area.

A public Keyword search for Italian Roots makes it easier to find articles, names, places etc. within the entire, online collection of journals.

Renewal Reminder and Survey

This is a reminder that the 2015-16 membership expired on 31st of March although members may still access the Members Only Area for a few weeks after the imminent release of the latest (and last paper) issue of the Italian Roots magazine. You can renew your membership for 2016-17 easily from our "Join/Renew" page. The Society would also welcome your feedback whether you decide to renew or not. It would be appreciated if you could complete a confidential survey.

Collar The Lot

Tom Conti's search for information about, and location of, his Father's internment on the Isle of Man is now available for Members to listen to on the Members' page. The programme was originally broadcast by the BBC on 27th April 2013.

How Can We Help?

Along with the Italian Roots Keyword Search you can "Search for an ancestor" in our Transcriptions Database at the top of this page or for members: transcriptions database search. The public transcriptions area also contains lists of surnames that may help in your research

Members can search more detailed records that the Society's volunteers have transcribed. Approximately 680,000 names have been extracted from a miscellany of census, birth, baptism, marriage, and death records together with war, military, directories and occupational records. Most are not available on commercial genealogy sites and more are due to be added.

Not already a Member? Why not join us?

Family Group Records

Find out if your family is already in our family group records collection. Members can send us their family group records for help with the next step and to connect with others researching in the same areas.

Need some research hints and tips?

Ruth Rowlands, one of our researchers, has a blog at, where she updates us on her efforts to find her own ancestors. Ruth also has a blog recommending books about Italian genealogy at

AIFHS Research Library

The Society has a collection of books, DVDs and maps which may be of interest to members and of use in your research. Contact the Librarian for more information.

Anglo-Italian Rootsweb Group

Anyone - AIFHS members and non-members - with an interest in all things Italian, may contact each other by signing up to the public Anglo-Italian Rootsweb email list.

The Society welcomes articles, photos and links which can improve the content and richness of our website. Please contact our webmaster if you can provide more information.