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The Anglo-Italian Family History Society will once again be taking a stand at the world's largest family history fair - Who Do You Think You Are? 2015. This year the event will be held at NEC Birmingham, 16th - 18th April 2015. We welcome AIFHS members who you like to join us in the fun by sharing their stories or research experiences with visitors to our stand. Please contact us, if you would like to help or to receive more information.
The Society's AGM will be held at Camden Archives, Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8PA from 2.00pm. Holborn Library holds a considerable number of records and photographs of London's Italian community; many of these will be available for attendees to view. Archivists will also be on hand to answer questions. Please contact us to let us know if you would like to attend.
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. The four victims and home towns are
January's edition of Italian Roots is now available for Members to view or download from here.
In this issue you will read of some of the United Kingdom's Italian Communities - in Birmingham, London and Manchester. There is a feature rich in detail on the Italian migrants who made an impact on 19th and 20th century culture with their creativity as Image Makers and Statue Moulders.
Italian names featured are too numerous to list here, but they include Iaconelli, Mentessi, Pomelli, Arcari, Sani, Caproni, Farina, Colemi, Chiocchetti, Palumbi, Giacobazzi and Verrechia. There are requests for help in overcoming research obstacles and for information on Birmingham-Italians who perished in the Arandora Star tragedy. As always, many of the features are accompanied by compelling photographs.
Books reviewed are Mamma Mia by Bepe Severgnini (an insight into Italian contrariness) and Orkney's Italian Chapel: the true story of an Icon by Philip Paris (How Italian Prisoners of War, transported to the remote, inhospitable island of Lamb Holm, used scrap metal, recycled waste and concrete to create a Chapel that has becom a worldwide symbol of peace and hope).
The deadline for submissions to the next edition of Italian Roots is: March 27th, 2015
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.
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.
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.
Search our Transcription Database and the online archive of our award winning journal, Italian Roots.
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.
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.
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.
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.