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Happy Birthday Gente

Gente di Mare Italian Genealogy is celebrating a birthday. Ten years ago today this little hobby site began and with the help of several friends really grew.  While Facebook has replaced forums in many ways the site is still fairly successful and has given me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful researchers.   Happy 10th Birthday, Gente !! And thank you!



Wishing all our Canadian friends a safe and happy Canada Day weekend!  For an excellent ‘snapshot’ of Canadian history check out the page over at Canada History.

Legacy Offers Free Classes this Weekend


Legacy announces that in celebration of their 500th webinar class they will be opening up the genealogy educational video classes to everyone for FREE!

This weekend Legacy Family Tree Webinars is opening its whole library of genealogy educational video classes to everyone for FREE in celebration of the release of its 500th webinar class. These classes are available directly from your computer.

Classes will be free to all from Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 16, 2017. Definitely worth checking out.


February is Black History Month

Ellis Island is for the people who came over on ships. My people came in chains.
GentediMare would like to recognise all who are participating in Black History Month this year and who celebrate diversity in their lives daily.  Earliest origins date back as far as 1915 when Carter G. Woodson of Washington, DC travelled to Chicago to participate in the fiftieth anniversary of emancipation which was being held there. Extremely successful, the event continued to evolve and is currently celebrated by millions all over North America each February.



The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on December 6, 1865, after the Civil War ended. It officially abolished slavery in America. The Thirteenth Amendment says: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction”.

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Happy Birthday GENTE!

Hi Everyone! Hope you’re all having a wonderful summer so far.

Gente di Mare Genealogy Forum

Gente di Mare Genealogy Forum

Today marks a special day for Gente di Mare Genealogy and for many of us. It was on this day in 2007 that Carole and I joined together and Gente was ‘born’ – but only because of the dedication and help we had from our then small Gente family. To them I will forever be grateful. Neither Carole nor myself were very tech savvy. In fact, our online skills were very limited to say the least. But it was because of the Gente family that we learned and we grew and we created a home where we could discuss our love of Italian genealogy and research. Today, in spite of Facebook and Twitter we still have over 1760 registered members and many wonderful friends from all over the world who continually amaze me with their generous support. I don’t think we would still be here without them!

We accomplished quite a bit those first few years. Many of our members found long lost relatives, traced their roots back several hundred years and honored their ancestors in one form or another. Some of us created family websites or sites dedicated to our ancestral towns [which are hosted by Gente] and it’s been such an honor to have shared these accomplishments with you!

Gente di Mare Italy Genealogy 2008

Gente di Mare Italian Genealogy 2008

Unfortunately maintaining so many sites became difficult [not to mention costly] so in 2015 the decision was made to streamline the quantity of domains we had and began consolidating the info into a few quality sites. We are still undergoing those changes today as several updates are required but we hope to have it complete by Spring 2017. Beginning in mid July we will be holding a fundraising drive to help with some of the costs of rebuilding the sites and forum so if you are interested in donating we would certainly appreciate it.

The Italian Surname Database grew so rapidly it was difficult to keep up. Eventually the site grew so large that it kept crashing the server so we moved the site to its current home. I would love for you all to check on the new home and ask forgiveness in the delay of adding names but I am working on it.

Carole Bienati 1941-2010 Co-Founder of Gente

Carole Bienati 1941-2010 Co-Founder of Gente

But along with the highs came the lows. Sadly we said goodbye to Carole almost 6 years ago. Her sudden passing shocked us all as we all knew how much Gente and its members meant to her. We shared, through the magic of the web her final send off and not a day goes by where I don’t think of her. It was a honor to have known her and will forever be blessed that she came into my life. Thank you Carole. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten.

Recently we also lost longtime member Gil. Gil was an active and outspoken man with a gentle heart who I will remember fondly. He was dedicated to Gente and often messaged me to remind me to check in or to report spam. I will miss him dearly as I know many of us here will. R.I.P. my friend.

We’ve gone through several changes over the years and I’m sure there will be several more to come. Social media has made it easier than ever to share info and to communicate with family or friends across the sea. Records are going finally going digital which makes researching so much easier for those willing to undertake the task themselves. In spite of this I still get several requests for help which proves, at least for now, that there is still a demand for a site like Gente and as long as that demand exists I will keep the site up. So thank you for helping us grow and Happy Birthday Gente!

New Updates to Websites & Italian Surname Database

I know it’s been a hot minute since I’ve last posted but there’s been so much going that the time just seemed to get away from me.
Today I wanted to touch base and let you know about all the new changes going on in genealogy. For many it may be old news by now – but for those that don’t know, please keep reading.

We’ve streamlined our umbrella of sites choosing to add more quality contact to less domains. The Italian Surname Database has a new home now and I would love it if you had the time to take a quick look and tell me what you think. The old way of adding information and updating lists made it very difficult to keep up so hopefully this will solve some of those issues.

Also, the Facebook pages and groups have really grown! We have over 2500 likes on the Italian Surnames page and almost 700 members in the Calabria Exchange group!

In other exciting news: The Italian Archives have been busy putting up civil records for much of Italy which means no more having to order microfilms and work around the LDS schedule! Now you can search for many records right from the comfort of your home and it’s FREE with no registration require! Family Search has also expanded it’s Italian records and does include some church records. I suggest you check out both resources when searching as they do host different content.
I’ll sign off for now but promise to be back with more updates soon. Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting!


Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year

Well folks we did it. We made it through another year!   Now that the holidays are winding down it’s time to start thinking about this years research goals.

I’ve never been a fan of New Year resolutions – mainly because I am just not that disciplined enough to keep most of the ones I make so instead I am going to work on a few more realistic goals that I would like to see myself accomplish to keep me more organized and still allow me to do many of the other things I enjoy.  I will worry less about how ‘pretty’ something looks and more on content for my websites.  In fact, I may just completely eliminate some of my sites and add them all to one more complete and comprehensive website.

So my goal – and ONLY goal this year is to be more organized!  I will continue to extract and research but have given myself limitations.  Instead of trying to re invent the wheel this year and overwhelming myself trying to do it all I am going to give myself blocks of time each week with very specific areas I want to concentrate on beginning with January’s must do – CLEANING OUT MY COMPUTER AND PAPER FILES!  I have already starting going through endless piles of useless paper [which translated into 2 full large bags of garbage] and am in the process of doing the same to my PC files.  It’s amazing what one finds…

And on that note – here’s a list of extractions I found from about a year ago I never put online for San Donato Val di Camino Deaths 1865 – Frosinone.

Armo & Gallina Reggio Calabria

Updating records and links to the Armo & Gallina , Reggio Calabria pages on the Calabria Exchange.  Have also updated WW1 Deaths for those born in Gallina with a surname beginning with the Letter A.  For those of you having trouble locating civil birth or death records for your male ancestor this may help.

And don’t forget to check out our E-Store. You can now shop Amazon directly from this page or from Calabria Exchange.  There’s a great selection of Genealogy books at up to 30% off and some wonderful holiday gift ideas to suit everyone on your list.


Happy hunting!

Full Disclosure : If you purchase anything through any of the links posted I will receive a small compensation amount which will be used to purchase additional resources for these websites. Thanks in advance for any purchases made and for visiting today. ~nuccia

Marco Polo Netflix Series

Italian born and raised newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy  will be starring in the much anticipated 10-episode @Netflix‘s drama #MarcoPolo @MarcoPoloMP airing Dec 12 at 12:01 a.m. PT.  The series was created by John Fusco and was filmed in Italy, China and Malaysia.

While this will be his first North American role, he is no stranger to the screen in his native Europe.  Lorenzo was born in La Spezia, Liguria, Italy on 24 January 1990 and moved to Rome when he was 4.  The son of theater actors, he  began acting on stage when he was 8.  He later landed a role in the theatrical production of Zio Mario and then on to film in 2002 when he was cast in Il Pranzo della Domenica.

In 2002 he played the part of Cesare in the Italian TV mini series I Liceali and in 2010 was cast in the film Fat Cat [which landed him a best actor award at the Brussels International Film Festival as well as three other festivals in California].  Il Terzo Tempo (The Third Half),  was his latest film which debuted in 2014 at the Venice Film Festival.


FREE Access to WW2 Records

Free Access to WW2 Collection Nov 10-30

Free Access to WW2 Collection Nov 10-30

Fold3 is offering FREE ACCESS to it’s WW2 collection from Nov 10th to Nov 30th in honour of Veteran’s Day.  There are many updated and new categories added to the collection so if you haven’t been there in a while you may want to consider having a look!

And don’t forget to let us know if you do find something or someone you’ve been searching for. We’d love to hear from you!

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