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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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Sagra and Procession at Italian Church, Clerkenwell

Clerkenwell’s annual, Italian Sagra and Procession in Honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will take place this year on Sunday, 17th July. The event began in the 1880s and has not missed a year except during two world wars. It celebrates the heritage of St Peter’s church and the local community of Italian Cockneys with a procession through Clerkenwell’s streets which includes musicians, icons, religious statues and personnel as well as floats laden with tableaux depicting Biblical scenes. You can also visit St Peter's to enjoy its exquisite decor and its original font, which is still in use. The church also houses a poignant memorial to the London Italian victims of the sinking, during WWII, of the Arandora Star. At the Sagra you will be able to enjoy Italian ice cream and savoury food whilst joining in conversations in Italian and dancing to Italian music.

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.