Genealogy Surname Boards & Searches

  • Ellis Island & more SHIPS Passenger Arrival Records (listed on this site) - Ships Passenger Arrival Lists including Ellis Island Wall of Honor, Ellis Island Passenger Lists, Castle Gardens and other Immigrant Ship Passenger Arrival Records links are all located on the SHIPS section of our free website here at Italian Genealogy Online.

  • Italian Names & Surnames page (on this site) -  distribution maps and other interesting statistical databases on Italian Names & Names in general on the Italy Names Page: This link takes you to this website page of Italian Name & Surname links. 

  • Italian Genealogy Online Italy Roots Message Board - FREE searchable Italian Surname and Italian Genealogy Bulletin Board, easy, no registration, no sign-up, no fee required; moderated board.

  • Allen County Public Library - Genealogy Center Free Databases

  • BYU Family History Archive - The Family History Archive is a collection of published genealogy and family history books. The archive includes histories of families, county and local histories, how-to books on genealogy, genealogy magazines and periodicals (including some international), medieval books (including histories and pedigrees), gazetteers and more.

  • Family Search Italy Historical Record Collections - a good number with Images you can VIEW FROM HOME. Personally I prefer browsing the images myself so that I don't get lazy and believe something isn't there just because no one could transcribe them correctly. (the handwriting was different in those days and also spelling wasn't standardized) I wouldn't have gotten back to the 1700s if I had depended on transcriptions as the collateral lines helped me very much and I found those by browsing.

  • Family Search is a mega-database of Surnames prepared by the Mormons but containing thousands of Family Trees, which were not necessarily Mormon but were probably baptized by LDS users doing their Temple Duties.. Many of these family trees have never been properly researched so use them as hints and do your own research or you will pass along errors.

  • SEARCH THE FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY CATALOG for Italian Records - For example: click on "Place Search" then type in your town of interest in the blank next to "Place" - Leave " Part of:"  blank - then Click " Search"

  • Family Tree Maker Online Keyword Search - keyword search locates information anywhere in the Family Tree Maker.com Web site, except the Family Finder and the Social Security Death Index.

  • Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records - a free resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members.

  • GeneaNet Genealogical Database Network - universal register of all the world's genealogical resources whether Net-based or not and whether free or fee-paying. You can find Italian Surname listings throughout the world on this one and Geneanet lets you create your family tree directly on it's website, or you can submit a Gedcom from your own genealogical software program and then you can easily present your genealogy on the Internet.

  • GenForum Surname Board Search - Search for a Surname Board dedicated to your surname. Post and Search for thousands of surnames. If they don't have a Forum for your surname, ask them to make one. They make it really easy. They are the best. Hope & pray they don't change for the worse like some big sites have recently done.

  • Search Genealogy Queries - submit and browse genealogy postings at CousinConnect.com and in various general databases at one time. Beware of their commercial site links at the end of your search results always exercise caution. 
  • Genealogy Forum: Italy - GenForum has over 35,000 online forums devoted to genealogy. The newly scripted site requires you to enable JavaScript, the legacy site did not.

  • Italian Genealogy Resources - at Distant Cousins.com

  • Italian Immigrants worldwide who sent money to Italy via the Bank of Naples - click "Le Ricerche" >> "Servizio emigrati" & then >> "Indice emigrati"  [hopefully you get here]

  • Italy Message Board at Rootsweb - Family History.com & Rootsweb are now owned by Ancestry.com

  • Listado de Apellidos - from Apellidos Italianos in Argentina. "Genealogía Italiana en Español" (in Spanish) To browse, simply scroll down or click on the first Initial of your Surname (Apellido) Interest.

  • MetaSearch at Rootsweb - goes through most of their databases quickly, SCROLL OVER and down a little to the right side of page to: Refine Search / Surname.

  • Misc. User Contributed Databases - Birth, Marriage, Death, Census, Tax Lists and more from Rootsweb.

  • RootsWeb Search -  Literally hundreds of millions of names and many categories

  • RootsWeb Surname Database - Add your surnames to this list so others can find you. You must register but its free to use.

  • Registry of Websites at RootsWeb - includes Regional Resources and Websites, Surname Websites and more for the genealogy community.

  • Archive of Family Genealogy Resources - an ever-expanding collection including books on surname origins, vital statistics, parish records, census records, passenger lists of vessels, and other historical and biographical documents.

  • Books We Own Project by RootsWeb - free lookups on the books they own. They need an exact name they will not answer requests for lists of everyone with a certain surname.

  • Genealogy Book Links - simplifies searching for American ancestors by identifying them in freely available digitized biographies, genealogies and history books

  • Social Security Death Index Search - FREE lookup from FamilySearch.org.
    IMPORTANT NOTE: you will *not* find anyone listed who died before 1962 listed on the Internet. If you can't find your ancestors do what I did - obtain the Official State Death Notices on each grandparent. Their death notice will have their SSN on it. I also included a copy of each individual's Death Notice on the copies of the SSN app I requested.
    ACCESSIBILITY NOTE: the "new" family search does NOT permit older browsers especially those NOT using UNSAFE JAVA SCRIPT to access their new improved for their snooping on you site focused on those with the bucks to keep upgrading. They have constructed a type of JavaScript Cloud interface which prohibits anyone who has an older safer way to use the internet to access. THEREFORE  try the next site:

  • Social Security Death Master File, F R E E - brought to you by Tom Alciere.
    Tom has an Easy to use Site, which CAN BE ACCESSED BY COMPUTERS USING SAFER SETTINGS without having to use elitist, UNsafe JavaScript.

  • Surname Helper - Search for a Surname.

  • Surname Navigator - by Rob Kuijsten.

  • Surname Specific Message Boards at Rootsweb.- search for your surname you might have a Message Board devoted to it exclusively.

  • The Computerized Ancestor - An internet database furnished by Yates Publishing, consisting of an index to over 840,000 family group sheets with contact information on submitter.

  • US Census Records Search - on this site - on the Genealogy USA Tools page of Italian Genealogy Online. More are added periodically  Remember: NARA The USA National Archives, now has a free easy to use browse image tool for many of their holdings. You can easily access NARA from almost any type of computer and almost any browser.  NARA has an accessibility design just like Wikipedia and the UK government. Although the Family History Centers have almost all of the Census Records in their Libraries, their familysearch online site is no longer considered easily accessible due to their de-facto requirement of users needing to upgrade all their computers and browsers to the latest whatever and especially since they now require snoopy, unsafe, Java Script for access. THEREFORE, if you are new to research drop by one of their Family History Centers for some free tips IN PERSON. (use the SOUNDEX Code Generator on our USA Tools Page before you visit LDS.)  Heritage Quest Online is a terrific resource available from home via your free Public Library card from Public Libraries across the country.  Check with your local public library and any affiliate libraries which may honor your library card.

  • USGenWeb Archives Special Projects - all volunteer transcriptions of birth, marriage, death, cemetery, military and other records by state.

  • Websites at RootsWeb - search through all the registered homepages for your Ancestors Surnames and Villages of Origins.

  • WorldConnect Project, more than 640 million names - Click on SEARCH ALL DATABASES More than 650 million names on file.  Refine a search that yields too many "hits" by including more information, also, you may use a wildcard. For example, put 187* in the birth year field to search all years from 1870 through 1879.

  • R. I. P. to the *great* GenCircles - from the creator of GenForum; Cliff Shaw. I am linking to the ARCHIVE of this great site so you can see for yourself how a GOOD Graphical Interface should look; the presentation of facts is excellent. The way Mr. Shaw designed it was so you could EASILY DISCOVER whether or not someone was doing dependable research or not. This is my favorite User Interface and display of information. You can CLEARLY SEE that the notes and sources are displayed very openly and plainly; no problem. Cliff Shaw developed SMART MATCHES. The company, myheritage, that uses it now bought it from him. It is not their creation. The old magnificently clear and easy to understand GenCircles site was purchased, shut down and then destroyed by MyHeritage who uses JavaScript Visual Bloat on their tree site as do so many. GC was FREE, easy to use, and very searchable. I personally used it for many of my Family Tree studies until it was sold to MyHeritage. GenCircles was picked up all over the world and the accessibility to all is how I met some cousins who are 'across the pond'. Now most of the family-tree sites are more difficult to access worldwide and require a membership fee to view. --- YOU CAN DO IT - Put up your own website and put up your own family trees. AVOID putting your family trees on the pay to view sites if you want to reach out to the world.