Between 1880 and 1920, more than 4 million Italians immigrated to America,
the largest wave of immigrants from any particular country during a forty-year
period. Interestingly, however, an estimated 30 to 50 percent of these
immigrants eventually returned to their homeland. Nevertheless, Italians
constitute the second largest immigrant group during the period since 1820.
Although the first wave of Italian immigrants in the early nineteenth
century settled primarily in Louisiana, subsequent generations of immigrants
settled in New York and other large northern cities.
Contacts and Sources
Italian Genealogical Group
7 Grayon Drive
Dix Hills, New York 11746
Web site: http://www.italiangen.org
Monthly meetings, monthly newsletter, and an annual seminar.
POINT - Pursuing Our Italian Names Together
P.O. Box 2977
Palos Verdes, CA 90374
A network of those interested in Italian genealogy with a quarterly magazine.
The Italian Genealogical Society of America, Inc.
P.O. Box 8571
Cranston, R.I. 02920-8571
Six meetings per year plus a quarterly newsletter.
National Italian American Foundation
666 11th Street, N.W., Suite 800
Washington, DC 20077-0380
American Italian Historical Association
209 Flagg Place
Staten Island, New York 10304
- In Helpful Web Sites,
you can find links to useful resources about
- Some Aspects of Italian Immigration to the United States, by Stella Antonio
- In Search of Your European Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in Every
Country in Europe, by Angus Baxter
- Italian American Family Research, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
- Italian Genealogical Records: How to Use Italian Civil, Ecclesiastical, and
Other Records in Family History Research, by Trafford Cole
- Finding Your Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans, by John Philip Colletta
- Our Italian Surnames, by Joseph S. Fucilla
- Italian Family Research Made Simple, by J. Konrad
- Tracing Your Italian Heritage in Italy, by Dewayne J. Lener
- Italian Americans: New Perspectives in Italian Immigration and
Ethnicity, edited by Lydio F. Tomasi
For some tips on researching abroad, see the topic All about
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