This wonderfully informative site is an excellent starting point to researching your Jewish/Italian ancestry. You’ll find everything from DNA information to former surnames of Jews by provinces such as Rome, Venice and Sicily. There are also plenty of resource links to explore. Definitely worth checking it out! For more Jewish names check out our post Italian Jewish Surnames & Genealogy – Part I.
Italy has a very important role in Jewish history and genealogy: it is located centrally on the Mediterranean sea and serves as an important crossroad and an intersection between North and South, East and West, Sephardic and Ashkenazi culture.
If your ancestors lived in or came from Europe, there
are many possibilities that a branch of your family went through Italy.