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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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AIFHS Annual General Meeting Saturday,13th June 2015

The Society's AGM will be held at Camden Archives, Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8PA from 2.00pm. Camden Archives holds a considerable number of records and photographs of London's Italian community, many of which will be on display at the meeting. Attendees will also be able to visit the library's latest exhibition, "Dangerous Characters in London's Little Italy" [Fascists, Anti-Fascists, Suffragettes and Spies]. Please contact us to let us know if you would like to attend.

Can You Help? Arandora Star Victims Memorial (Birmingham)

The Society has been asked if we could help trace relatives of four Italian victims of the Arandora Star tragedy who lived in Birmingham. A memorial to the victims is to be unveiled in Eastside Park, Birmingham later this year to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the sinking and the organisers would like to invite relatives to the unveiling. (Details are now on our Events page.) The four victims and home towns are

  • Domenico CRISTOFOLI, Sequals
  • Anthony GREGO, Sora
  • Giovanni OLTOLINI/OTTOLINI, Lucca
  • Antino SANTUZ, Fanna
Details of the memorial and appeal can be seen in this issue of the Birmingham Mail.
If you know of, or are, a relative of any of the above men then the organisers of the memorial would like to hear from you. The contact details are in the newspaper article or alternatively you can contact our webmaster.

The Society has produced a list of events and memorials commerating the victims of the tragedy. If you are aware of any others we would like to hear from you. Please contact our Webmaster with the details.

The Italian Cultural Institute in London are holding a 75th Anniversary Commemorative by Dr Rachel Pistol of Royal Holloway, University of London on Friday, June 26, 2015. This talk tells the story of the events leading up to the tragedy and the effects on the Italian community. Details are on the Events page.

Arandora Star Commemoration - London

There will be 3 events to commemorate the Arandora Star

26th June - Presentation of the Commemorative Book at London's Italian Cultural Institute, 39 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NX on Friday 26th June 2015 at 6.30 pm followed by a talk by historian Rachel Pistol.

You will need to book with the Institute for each person wishing to attend.

2nd July - Commemoration Mass at St Peter's Italian Church at 7.00 pm. Those of you that have already replied to Peter Capella are on the 'confirmed list'.

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. (Details to be confirmed)

Italian Roots - the Society's magazine

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

The deadline for submissions to the next edition of Italian Roots is: June 27th, 2015

Membership Renewals

The Society would like to remind current members that the 2014/15 membership will expire 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 April 2014 issue is 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 July issue is 20th June 2014.

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.