Im a first-generation Sicilian-American, youngest of nine children born to my parents, who were both from Serradifalco (Serradifarcu), Provincia Caltanissetta, Sicilia.  After retiring from practicing and  teaching civil engineering, I began researching my ancestry.  My interest led me to volunteer as a librarian at a local Mormon FamilySearch Center, where I am responsible for managing over five hundred Mormon microfilms of Italian/Sicilian records, on permanent loan to the center.  Since undertaking that assignment, I have also become experienced in finding and interpreting records in the United States that bring light to the dates and towns of origin of Italian and Sicilian immigrants from the 'Great Migration' of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Such records include passports, U. S. and State censuses, passenger manifests and naturalization records.

        In turn, those American records lead to the discovery, translation and analysis of original Italian-language civil records of birth, marriage and deaths, as well as ecclesiastic records in Latin, of baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths.  These records can help to build a 'pedigree' or family tree stretching back seven generations or more.

      My lectures present techniques for
conducting genealogic research, using actual images of various U. S. and Italian/Sicilian records as examples, explaining conventional and on-line methods for obtaining the records.  The lectures include a PowerPoint slide show with images of records in original Italian, followed by transcriptions with clearer text than the original Italian handwriting, as well as full translations into English.  Handouts for the lectures replicate the slides so that attendees may study the images at their convenience after the lectures.  Questions are taken from the audience, and a contact phone number and e-mail are given for those who may have future questions.

        The lectures are generally of two-hour duration, with a break after the first hour.   An outline for a typical two-part lecture follows.  While the emphasis is on Italian/Sicilian research, the techniques discussed are equally applicable to research for immigrant ancestors of other European origins.

 

PART I: Finding your ancestral town

Four keys
Local sources
Pronunciation
Errors in records
Names and naming conventions
Censuses
Passenger manifests

PART II: Finding and interpreting Sicilian/Italian records

Mormon microfilms
familysearch.org
Ancestry.com

Italian Records Portal
Description of Napoleonic civil records

Examples of:
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Civil birth, marriage and death records

~ reading/translating Italian ~
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Ecclesiastic records

~ reading/translating Latin ~
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Foundlings' records

To schedule  a lecture, contact me at:  

 
SICILIAN LINKS Sicilianit Is Sicily 'Italy'? The Sicilian Languge
Cognomi ~ Sicilian Surnames Ngiurii ~ Sicilian Nicknames Place-names as surnames Sicilian Coats of Arms
Foundlings The Sicilian Naming Convention Americanized Sicilian Given Names Converting Latin given names to Sicilian
La Bedda Sicilia ~ My history of Sicily Heritage Path ~ original Sicilian records Civil Record Format ~ 1820 - 1910 I'm a Sicilian American
My Lectures on Sicilian Genealogy Sicilian Occupations in Civil Records Sicilian Records at the Buffalo FHC The Thing
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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