Roslyn Torella

Roslyn Torella, Contributing Writer

Discovering La Famiglia: La Gazzetta Italiana Readers - It is Your Turn!

February 2020
I have enjoyed writing this column for La Gazzetta Italiana since 2017 and sharing lots of tips and techniques, however I decided to do a refresh on this column for the new year and hope that you will help me help you! This year I would like to...


Discovering La Famiglia: Secrets in Passenger Lists: Post Immigration Annotations

December 2019
Le liste passeggeri sono ricche di informazioni utilissime per le ricerche genealogiche e possono contenere molti più dati di quanto si creda. Le annotazioni a margine o pie’ di pagina, per esempio, giocano un ruolo fondamentale in questo senso. Si...


Discovering La Famiglia: Secrets in Passenger Lists: Contemporaneous Annotations

November 2019
Le liste passeggeri sono ricche di informazioni utilissime per le ricerche genealogiche e possono contenere molti più dati di quanto si creda. Le annotazioni a margine o pie’ di pagina, per esempio, giocano un ruolo fondamentale in questo senso. Si...


Discovering La Famiglia - Secrets in Passenger Lists: Detained Passengers

October 2019
Knowing the moment your ancestor first stepped foot in America is an exciting piece of family history and Passenger Lists tell us exactly when it happened. When I first started researching passenger lists, I only focused on the name of the...


Discovering La Famiglia: Hiring a Professional Researcher

September 2019
L'interesse per la scoperta delle proprie radici italiane vive ormai da anni un forte incremento di popolarità negli Stati Uniti. Moltissimi sono, infatti, i ricercatori "amatoriali", che si imbarcano con entusiasmo nel tentativo di risalire ad...


Discovering La Famiglia: Planning an Italian Research Trip

August 2019
If you have been reading this column and following my guidance, you might be at the point where you find yourself wanting to continue researching – in Italy. For us family historians, there is nothing more exciting than to walk the streets of our...


Finding Your Family in Italian Census Records

July 2019
In previous columns, we explored Italian civil, military and church records. This month, we are going to dig into Italian census records. An interesting aspect of Italian census records is their availability and contents vary based on the history...


Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Ancestor’s Italian Military Record

June 2019
This month we are exploring Italian military service records. Every Italian male born around 1850 or later was required to register for the draft (also known as conscription). These records hold a lot of valuable genealogical information. Our focus...


Discovering La Famiglia: Requesting Records from Italy

May 2019
After you have exhausted all the available online sources for Italian records, both civil and ecclesiastical, your next step can be to write directly to Italy to request records. This month we are going to cover some tips on how to prepare your...


Discovering La Famiglia: Finding Your Family in Italian Parish Records

April 2019
Aside from Italian civil records, Italian parish records are the most valuable genealogical records as they may predate available civil records by a few centuries thus enabling you to take your family lines back several more generations. We have...


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