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San Giuseppe – St Joseph’s Day

Today is the day when all those named Giuseppe (Joseph), Giuseppina (Josephine), etc., celebrate their onomastico, or name day. In Italy, Spain and Portugal March 19th is also known as Father’s Day as Joseph was the husband of the Virgin Mary and stepfather of Jesus. It is said that Sicilians, affected by severe drought, prayed […]

Pagine Bianche – Updated

*This is an updated current tutorial to the previously posted content titled Pagine Bianche – Italian White Pages .* A great resource for looking up Italian surnames and locating people in Italy is to use the on line Pagine Bianche [White Pages].  This telephone directory also links to the Pagine Gialle or the Yellow Pages so you can locate […]

Gens-Italia- Updated Overview Tutorial

Gens-Italia – Short Overview Gens-Italia  is an excellent site to use to see the distribution of your surname in Italy.  Some of you might remember it as the site Susan Sarandon used in the April 2010 episode of Who do You Think You Are? to help her get started on researching her roots. While I […]

Holiday Inspired Italian Names – Repost

With the holiday season upon us I thought it would be nice to talk about some holiday inspired Italian names. Some names that come to mind are Natale (Christmas) Grazia (Grace) and Bifano (Epiphany). All have been used as first or surnames. A quick search on Searching the Enhanced Ellis Island Database in One Step […]

Remembering 911

Today I’d like to just take a moment to remember those who perished during those horrific attacks on September 11th, 2001 and to honor those brave individuals who helped with rescue and clean up. Fifteen years ago today, terrorists sought to cripple one of the strongest countries in the world by destroying buildings and killing […]

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