The Internet has made researching family history easier than ever and it has become very popular among Italian Americans. Not only do these services allow you to discover the past, but also the present as you can look up other branches of your family tree that have been out of contact. Italian immigrants spread out over the world so it is not surprising for Italian Americans to discover long lost cousins in Argentina, France, Spain, North Africa and Australia by using these websites. There are countless genealogy sites out there, many of them dedicated to Italian ancestry, here are some of the most popular found on the web. Keep in mind that some of these sites require a paid membership to use the best tools.
ItalianGenalogy.com is a comprehensive website that covers the Italian experience as it left the homeland. The site has information on Italian history, nobility and heraldry, dialects, and many other topics to help further your genealogical search. Besides the articles membership allows entrance into the forum, which is a great place to ask a question, especially if you can't find it on the web. Official Website: www.italgen.com
This "jumpsite" is a portal for Italian genealogy information - from Italian genealogical information to Italian Government links. The site covers everything from basic information to start your ancestry search to more complicated issues like writing to Italian churches for baptismal records. The site is linked with virtually every major Italian genealogical website Official Website: www.italianancestry.com
This site is hosted by D'Addezio.com and has grown into a larger entity containing genealogy information, articles on Italian culture and many useful links. The website offers an online agent service called GenWatcher to help automate your ancestry search. Official Website: www.italianroots.com
My Italian Family.com
My Italian Family is an online network of Italian genealogical specialist that can research your family history back several centuries. The website also offers tools to do your own research, such as helping contact the correct Italian resources and even help in translation. The site offers a free consultation but a fee is required for membership. Official Website: www.myitalianfamily.com
Italian Genealogical Research Groups Online
POINTPursuing Our Italian Names Together, POINT is a network of Italian family historians rather than a genealogy web site. However they are one of the largest and have expertise in Italian heritage and Italian surname research. POINT publishes a quarterly journal, correspond via Email and also have 28 chapterhouses across the US for its POINTers in Person sessions. Official Website: www.point-pointers.net
Italian Genealogical Group
The IGG is based in New York City with a worldwide membership dedicated to Italian history and family genealogy. Members share family history and have created an online database of Italian surnames and maintain a lending library. With its diverse membership, the IGG has compiled some very useful resources and new members are given an informative packet of Italian genealogical information. Official Website: www.italiangen.org
General Genealogy Sites
If your family immigrated to the United States then this is a good place to start your search. Free registration allows for viewing of ship rolls, original ship manifests and even passenger ship information.
This site is owned by the Church of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons) and is the "largest collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records in the world." This is another good site for beginners as they have lots of tools to use without paying a membership fee.
One of the most popular on the Web and allows paying members to access information from the immigration, military, US census, newspapers and much more. Members can create an online family tree to keep track of discoveries.
Another popular genealogical search Website that also allows paying members to create an online family tree. Genealogy.com also sells family tree software and other resource tools.