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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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Arandora Star Commemoration - London

6th July - Exhibition: "The Arandora Star Tragedy. 75 years on - London's Italian Community Remembers" at Holborn Library, Local Studies and Archives Centre, 32-38 Theobalds Road. London WC1X 8PA for 4 weeks.

Latest:- By popular demand, Camden has asked that the exhibition be extended until 31st August although it will be slightly condensed from 17th August.

London Procession and Sagra 2015

The Society manned a stand at this year's Sagra. A selection of photographs can be viewed on the Past Events page. Antonella Sciortino, a journalist from "QuiLondra" came to chat to us , asking about our Society. She videoed the chat and uploaded it live to YouTube. Member Daniel Paolillo was the spokesperson with members Rosemarie and Bill lurking in the background. Elaine was chatting to visitors at the side and seems to have escaped filming. The "chat" was not entirely accurate, but not bad considering Antonella's visit was unplanned and we were unprepared.

Italian Roots - the Society's magazine

April's edition of Italian Roots is now available for Members to view or download from here. July's edition will be available shortly.

Membership Renewals

The Society would like to remind current members that the 2014/15 membership expired at the end of March. If you wish to renew for 2015/16 you can do so via PayPal from our Join/Renew page. Alternatively, from the same page, you can download and complete the application form and return it, with a cheque, to the Membership Secretary.

"Who Do You Think You Are?" Magazine Best Website Award


We are honoured to announce that the Society has been selected by the "Who Do You Think You Are?" magazine as the "Best Website" for starting your research into your Italian family history. Details can be found in the December 2014 issue of the magazine. Congratulations to all the artistic and technical members and researchers who have made it possible.

AIFHS Website "Highly Commended"

The Society's website was once again "Highly Commended" by the judging panel of the Geoff Riggs Award. Named in memory of a former Chairman of the Federation of Family History Societies, the award is presented annually to organisations which have improved the overall quality of genealogy and family history websites.

In line with the growth in membership, AIFHS was this year transferred from the "small" to the "medium" category. We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in these achievements.

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

How Can We Help?

Search our Transcription Database and the online archive of our award winning journal, Italian Roots.

The public transcriptions area and transcription database index of the Anglo Italian Family History Society's website contains lists of surnames that may help in your research.

Members can search the records that the Society's volunteers have transcribed. Approximately 600,000 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?

A Keyword search for Italian Roots is also available, making it easier to find articles, names, places etc. within the entire, online collection of journals.

The July 2015 issue will shortly be available to view or download from the Member's only area. If you have anything that you would like to contribute to future editions please contact our Editor. The deadline for submissions to the October issue is 20th September 2015.

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.