Family History Society

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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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Colin O'Brien's photographs of Clerkenwell in the fifties & sixties are currently on exhibition in the gallery at the Leica Store, 18 Royal Exchange, City of London, EC3V 3LT.

Italian Roots - the Society's magazine

All editions of our award winning quarterly journal, Italian Roots, are available to view or download. The October 2015 issue has been added to the collection in the Member's only area and is available to download.

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

If you would like to contribute to future editions please contact our Editor. The deadline for submissions to the next issue, due out in January 2016, is 11th December 2015.

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.

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.

"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.