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Archive for July, 2010

Paginebianche – Italian White Pages

The Paginebianche.it (Italian White Pages)can be very useful if you are trying to locate living relatives in Italy or just interested in finding how people people with your surname still reside there.

In the tab which says chi / cosa you type in a surname or you can type a surname plus a first plus an address if you have one. You can also put in the tab that says dove the location in Italy you are searching.

Normally I would just enter a surname and see what comes up. My surname pulled up the names of 111 persons still living in Italy. The majority are living in the province of Reggio Calabria, which is where my ancestors were from originally *but* I have noticed an increase in the number of people living in the North now compared to when I first checked a few years ago.

There are some other very cool features on this site like the curiosità tab which allows you to search the significance and origins of a surname. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Family Tree Magazine’s 101 Best Genealogy Websites 2010 -Review

Family Tree Magazine and David A. Fryxell just announced their choice of 101 Best Genealogy Websites for 2010 and frankly, I am a bit disappointed. While some of the tried and true favourites such as Ellis Island, One-Step Web Pages, Family Search and Cyndi’s List were chosen, there were many other wonderful sites that were overlooked.

In the category European Ops: Sites for researching in Continental Europe only 9 sites were chosen and yet not one site was recognized for Italian, Spanish, Hungarian or Irish Genealogy despite the fact that there are several note worthy sites available to choose from. Clearly they missed the boat on this one and it appears the magazine is catering to a particular demographic audience.

Year after year we see the same sites listed in these lists and year after year very few European websites, if any, are ever chosen. When they are chosen they seem added as if almost an after thought. While I enjoy using some of these sites as much as the next guy or gal, I honestly believe it’s time to broaden one’s horizon’s and start thinking outside the box to help break down those brick walls. How many times can a person talk about the same genealogy sites or special offers that so and so is promoting for a limited trial period? What about the endless online sites funded, maintained, updated and made available freely 365 days a year?

Perhaps it’s time to start our own list of top 100 websites and recognize some of these unsung heroes. Then maybe they will realize all the wonderful resources they have been ignoring all this time.

1911 Canadian Census

Today through July 4, Ancestry will be making the 1911 Canadian Census available for free in honour of Canada Day. This is great news for those with Canadian Ancestors so don’t miss this great opportunity.

Check out the Genealogy Insider for more great links to Canadian Records.

Trentino, Italy Birth Records Online

From Helen Billing’s weekly Family History Newsletter:

Barbara Billing has informed the Bulletin that the Trentino Department of Emigration has placed a database of birth records online at Nati in Trentino. The database contains information about 1.2 million residents of Trentino born between the years 1815-1923, including full name, date of birth, village, and names of parents. Your search can be by surname only or by first and last name in 10 year increments. Access is free but you must register for access to the site. Future plans include marriage and death records and adding the names of grandparents. With the Treaty of Vienna in 1815, Trentino was annexed to the Tyrol County. From 1815 until December 31st, 1923, the birth registers were maintained by the parishes, which also acted as registry offices. FamilySearch has just started indexing the Trento, Italy records, as well.

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