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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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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.

Giorgione In Clapton

Enter a disused Tram Depot in Clapton, London, climb a ramshackle staircase and discover yourself in the studio of Giorgione, one of the greatest Venetian artists of the High Renaissance, who died in 1510. In a room of comparable size to one of the smaller chambers at the National Gallery you are confronted with an array of masterpieces like Giorgione’s most famous painting 'The Tempest' surrounded by others that were thought to be lost, known only by engravings. The magus responsible for working this magic is Danny Easterbrook who has devoted the last twenty-seven years to repainting the canon of works of Giorgione at the rate of three a year, using all the correct pigments and practices of the Artist's time. It is an extraordinary project rendered all the more astonishing by its location in this deserted Tramshed (Danny is almost as passionate about the building as he is about Giorgione).

Open 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday, until until Thursday, 21st May: for more details see: "Visiting the Exhibition".

Sicily - culture and conquest

The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has been shaped by waves of conquest and settlement over 4,000 years.

This new special exhibition at the British Museum, London tells Sicily’s fascinating stories – from the arrival of the ancient Greeks, to the extraordinary period of enlightenment under Norman rule.

Discover a cosmopolitan island where the unique mix of peoples gave rise to an extraordinary cultural flowering. The art and objects they produced are some of the most beautiful and important in the history of the Mediterranean.

The Exhibition is now open and closes 14th August 2016. Tickets and further information are available from the British Museum.

Mary Berry's Easter Feast

In the second episode, aired 22nd March 2016, Mary explores the Easter traditions of various countries including Italy's. She is taught how to make the "Colomba" Easter cake at the Italian Church, Clerkenwell. If you missed the programme you can view it on the BBC iPlayer during the following 30 days - the piece is about 38:39 minutes into the programme. N.B. The programme may not be viewable outside the UK.

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' home page. The programme was originally broadcast by the BBC on 27th April 2013.

Italian Roots - the Society's magazine

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.

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.