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Italian Genealogy Books

Italian Americans have customs, folkways, beliefs, and behaviors that are unique to their culture. According to Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, who in this work puts a whole new spin on family history research, familiarizing yourself with this culture is the best way to research the American generations of your Italian-American family history. In focusing on Italian-American culture, she has developed a unique approach not only to Italian-American genealogical research, but to genealogical research in general. Her goal is to show you how to document your heritage while placing each generation of your family in its cultural milieu and telling a factual and interesting story about the family.
Among other things, this book enables you to evaluate American records for information specific to Italian-American research, to appreciate the importance of Italian-American cultural perspective, and to write a readable and interesting family history. Above all else, though, this book is designed to help you enjoy researching the American generations of your Italian-American family history.

Were You Always an Italian?: Ancestors and Other Icons of Italian America

Maria Laurino sifts through the stereotypes bedeviling Italian Americans to deliver a penetrating and hilarious examination of third-generation ethnic identity.
With "intelligence and honesty" (Arizona Republic), she writes about guidos, bimbettes, and mammoni (mama's boys in Italy); examines the clashing aesthetics of Giorgio Armani and Gianni Versace; and unravels the etymology of southern Italian dialect words like gavone and bubidabetz.
According to Frances Mayes, she navigates the conflicting forces of ethnicity "with humor and wisdom."

About the Author: Maria Laurino is a journalist and essayist living in New York City.
Her work has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times and the Village Voice.

Italian Genealogical Records: How to Use Italian Civil, Ecclesiastical, & Other Records in Family History Research

Searching for Italian ancestors? Italian Records is the book for you!
This comprehensive reference covers Italian records in wonderfully extensive detail! Author Trafford Cole has been a professional researcher of Italian genealogy for over eighteen years! His reference is designed to be an essential component of Italian family history research. Along with a detailed history of Italian record keeping, this book will instruct you on the Italian records themselves--civil, ecclesiastical, notary, military and more!

Featuring more than one hundred illustrations, this volume is rich in reproductions of typical records found in repositories throughout Italy! Each record includes a complete English translation and thorough explanation. Learn the significance of Italian surnames or noble families! The author even offers advice on how to approach Italian repositories! Once you've learned the ropes, use the sample letters provided to help you obtain records through correspondence from a variety of sources!

Italians of the American Northwest

About the Author: Charley Vingo was born in Spokane, Washington, in the early 1900s; but his family came from St. Stefano del Sol, province of Avellino, Italy. He is an active member of the American-Italian Club Lodge No. 2172 in Spokane, Order of the Sons of Italy in America, and is donating much of the proceeds of this book to the local and regional Order of the Sons of Italy in America for scholarship programs. To know more about Charley, read his book. He's in it too!
Library Binding: 800 pages
Publisher: Ulyssian Publications (April, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN: 1930580088

The Italian American Experience : An Encyclopedia (Special - Reference)

The first encyclopedia to offer comprehensive coverage of the history and cultural contributions of Italian Americans
The millions of Italians who have migrated to the United States over the last two centuries have played a crucial--and at times little recognized--role in the history of their adopted country. This encyclopedia, the first book of its kind, presents the totality of the Italian American experience. The coverage includes such broad topics as the influence of Italian Americans on politics and society and their contributions to art and to the development of Catholicism in the United States. The book also offers unique insights into previously neglected topics such as anti-Italian discrimination in the United States, which is both a historical phenomenon and a contemporary social issue; Italian American organizations, groups, and archival depositories, all of which form a rich resource for the study of the Italian American experience; the role and status of Italian American women; issues of assimilation; and Italian Americans in the media.
Biographical entries on prominent historic and contemporary Italian Americans
Italian Americans have participated in every occupation and endeavor in American life throughout history. The breathtaking range and depth of their contributions are reflected in the extensive biographical coverage in The Italian American Experience. Included are such diverse figures as Constantino Brumidi, Vivian Della Chiesa, the Grucci family, Fiorello LaGuardia, Madonna, Antonin Scalia, Rosa Ponselle, Frank Sinatra, Frank Stella, and Joseph Zappulla. The biographies are valuable prism through which to examine the richness and diversity of the Italian American experience.

A major contribution to furthering the understanding of America's multicultural heritage
In a time when many people in the United States are concerned about the influx of new immigrants and with the issues relating to American pluralism, this book provides a detailed account of how the largest ethnic group in America at the beginning of the 1900s dealt with the process of accommodation and assimilation.

A Student's Guide to Italian American Genealogy (Oryx American Family Tree Series)

This major contribution to young adult genealogy studies helps create ethnic pride, self-esteem, and awareness of the extraordinary accomplishments each ethnic group has brought to the American experience. Designed for use in grades 6-12, this important new series explores the creation of the American people while promoting the use and understanding of solid research techniques. Oryx American Family Tree Series enhances the social studies curriculum--especially the thematic strands in the New Curriculum Standards for Social Studies-- * culture, time, continuity, and change * people, places and environment * individual development and identity * individuals, groups, and institutions * power, authority, and governance * global connections While using the volumes in this series, young adults experience a uniquely personalized opportunity to practice the historians craft as they learn how to collect data, obtain and evaluate documents and sources, use the latest electronic tools for researching, and conduct and record eyewitness accounts of historical events in family life. The volumes carefully describe the challenges unique to researching each ethnic group or region. Also explained are the "why" and "how" of tracing their roots if users are adopted or come from nontraditional families. Also, each book in the series provides basic historical and cultural background information. As young adults explore their cultural heritage, they gain self-esteem, personal identity, and ethnic pride. Each volume in the Oryx American Family Tree Series is packed with hundreds of annotated bibliographic references for print, electronic, and media sources, as well as many helpful organizations. Every book is lavishly illustrated with 4-color and black and white photographs throughout and features a glossary and an index. The series is published in sturdy 6" x 9" casebound volumes of approximately 200 pages printed on acid-free paper.

Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your Italian Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage (Paperback)

by Lynn Nelson

Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (September 1997)
Language: English
ISBN: 1558706933
Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches

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