Jesse, I got your email.You can get more information on the history of the Loya by looking up my messages in this forum.The information I have shared in this forum is the fruit of years of research.I wrote a book for my children about the history of the Loya, and I am now making some corrections to it.As soon as I finish the corrections, I will post a synopsis of my book here, including my credentials and the bibliography.
The corrections to what I have posted here came as a result of studying the French branch of the Loya (there are also branches in Sweden and Norway).The correction is basically in the route of migration from Tuscany to Navarre. I had written in my book that the route of migration was from Tuscany to Sardinia to Navarre.As I studied some more as a result of a statement from one of the New York Loya that marrying a Roman Catholic was an issue, I came to realize that the migration is Tuscany to Sardinia to Liguria to Navarre (and France, Sweden and Norway), and possibly Tuscany to Liguria to Navarre. Tuscany, Sardinia and Liguria are all areas which have been closely related historically one to another and in which, therefore, the Loya were established. All these areas were under Spanish rule and had subjects granted nobility by the king of Spain.Navarre was a disputed area which was its own Kingdom,then it was passed through marriage to the French, then in 1512 the King of Spain invaded it and divided it between France and Spain. Upper Navarre came under Spanish control, and Lower Navarre under French control. Navarre had the same status as Italy of Spanish dominion and did not become a full part of Spain but until 1833. Lower Navarre remains a part of France. At any rate, I will post the synopsis soon (including a fascinating study of the Loya Coat of Arms), in the mean time you can read my previous messages being aware that I need to make some slight corrections in the migration process.
As to researching your own line, you start from the known to the unknown. You can start by asking your parents and their parents if they are still living. Then you can research data bases on the internet, the U.S. Census etc. You can go to a Mormon research center and look for documents.Beware that on the internet when it comes to the history of the Loya, what I have seen is incomplete or, in some cases, just plain absurd and fraudulent, don't waste your money on peddlers of family histories, they do very little research or no research at all.