The Anglo Italian Family History Society is pleased to announce the launch of a new service for Members. We now offer a search facility for the Index of all the records that the Society's volunteers have transcribed. The Index contains approximately 600,000 names extracted from a miscellany of census, birth, baptism, marriage, and death records together with war, military, directories and occupational records. Most of the records are not available on commmercial genealogy sites. More are being added.
The service is freely available to Members of the Society. Not a Member? Why not join us?
The Society is pleased to announce that, at it's first attempt, it has been awarded the following accolades by the Federation of Family History Societies. These are :-
2.00 p.m., Saturday, June 15th, 2013 at The National Archives, Kew
Please come to the meeting if you can as we need to discuss the future of the Society. Please view a message from the Chairman concerning this issue here.
After the business meeting, Sharon Hintze of the London Family History Centre will give us an up-date on the Family Search website, and in particular, the Italian records that are now available.
You will not need a TNA Reader's ticket to access the meeting room or the LDS Family History Centre. Parking is available. If you use a satnav, enter TW9 4AD for the access via Bessant Drive.
If coming by Underground, travel to Kew Gardens on the Richmond branch of the District line. The TNA is a 10-minute walk from the station.
Why not take a look at the Events Calendar on this website to see if there is a forthcoming Family History Fair or ‘Italian’ event in your area? If you plan to attend in the future or have visited one recently why not tell us of your experience? We welcome articles and photos to add to our site and our journal, Italian Roots: please contact our Webmaster or Editor for more information.
AIFHS is sorry to announce that, because of increased costs, Membership subscription rates for 2013 have had to be raised after remaining unchanged for many years. The new rates were agreed at the 2012 AGM and can be viewed here.
Cheques - made out to the Anglo Italian Family History Society - may be sent to Ian Monton, Membership Secretary (email email@example.com for further information) or paid online via PayPal from here.
The April 2013 Edition of Italian Roots is now available for download from the Members' Area; copies are also on their way to our postal members.
As the Editor, I am delighted with the positive feedback and increased number of contributions I have received - letters, newspaper articles, stories, photographs, personal family histories and novellas, covering a wide range of topics: Italian musicians, models, booksellers and cameo carvers. The journal also contains advice on researching in Italy, news of improvements to the nation's archives and updates on past and forthcoming events.
As always, we appreciate your comments and ideas on ways we can improve or strengthen the service we offer to our members.
Contributions from members are always welcome and there is space still available for features, letters or news items for the July 2013 issue. Please submit these to the Editor before June 16th 2013.
A while ago we highlighted the unveiling of a new Arandora Star Memorial at St. Peter's Church, Clerkenwell on Monday 2nd July 2012. A 16 minute video of the ceremony is available for viewing on YouTube.
Members and anyone with an interest in all things Italian, contact each other by signing up to the Anglo-Italian Rootsweb email list
Ruth Rowlands, one of our researchers, has a blog at angloitaliangenresearch.blogspot.co.uk, where she updates us on her efforts to find her own ancestors. Ruth also has a blog recommending books about Italian genealogy at italiangenealogybooks.blogspot.co.uk.
The list of members' Family Group Records has been updated and can be downloaded from our Members' Area.
Our public transcriptions area contains many lists of surnames that may help you find out more.
NEW: Census look-ups, translations and other assistance from members in the Members' Area
Transcriptions of Italians living in England from the 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 Censuses in PDF
These transcriptions are of people whose birthplace or nationality is given as Italy or Italian. The names have many spelling mistakes which occurred at the original time of recording, so it's worth trying different spellings for an ancestor you're looking for. Where a name is known to have been recorded incorrectly, the correct spelling is added beneath the original entry.
We have recently updated our list of books & CDs available for purchase from the society. Check out the list here.
Italians In The 1901 CD-ROM
Our publication contains over 20,000 Italians extracted from the 1901 census - that's everyone who gave their place of birth as Italy. You can browse all the entries to search for those elusive relatives whose names have been mis-transcribed, and sort the data by age, area, occupation or forename. £5 for members; £10 for non-members. As email membership costs just £6 as well, you can join the Society and get the CD for just £11. To order the CD, download the Order Form.
Our Births, Marriages and Deaths index
The CD has nearly 50,000 BMDs of Italians and Anglo-Italians. Many of our mis-spelt surnames can be found here - very useful for spotting variations. Available to members for £5, or £10 to non-members.
Indexing Italian Ancestors
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the "Mormon" Church) are actively engaged in indexing ancestral records from a number countries including the Italian Civil Records. They are asking for volunteers to assist in the various projects. If you feel that you can help and have some spare time please visit their site.