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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.


Find My Past – Free Access

Explore Findmypast records for free this weekend

Mocavo – Findmypast

This weekend Findmypast is offering free unlimited access to over 2 million records from their databases which include the following:

  • Global record sets such as census, birth, marriage, and death records from the 1600s to the present.
  • Millions of local newspaper pages from around the globe spanning 1710 to 2014.
  • The largest collection of local records from England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland dating back to 1500.
  • Military records dating from 1760, encompassing the U.S. Civil War, World War I and World War II.
  • Passenger lists and naturalizations, covering the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, and beyond.
  • Local histories, genealogies, and exclusive access to PERSI (the PERiodical Source Index)

In addition, you can tune in to the Findmypast Live Broadcast at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 8th (EST), where some of our family history experts will be giving you advice to help you make the most of your research.

The offer runs from November 7th until 7 am November 10th.

Archivio di Stato di Reggio Calabria

Reggio Calabria

Finally, after waiting what seems to be an eternity, the Italian State Archives have added several records from Reggio Calabria towns to their database.

This is very exciting news as the Italian State Civil records contain images for years up to and including 1940 for some towns which allow researchers to link more recent generations to their databases.

Alternatively, you can also check out the Genealogie van Rijswijk amazing site for more extractions on several of these towns which also include some family sites and church record extractions dating back tot he 1600’s or my personal Website, Calabria Exchange for additional towns not yet listed in the Archives. Many images as well as extractions can be found there.

Good luck and Happy Researching!

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you and your family a safe and very Happy Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving 2013

Happy Thanksgiving 2013

John F Kennedy

John F. Kennedy - 35th US President

Remembering John F. Kennedy
January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963


Copyright Laws & The Legal Genealogist

Have questions about how copyright laws work?  We all do.  It’s not all that black and white since there are different laws – or rather variations of the law- in different countries and conflicting opinions on how those laws are interpreted.

To help simply it, Judy G. Russell tries to answer some of the more basic questions on her blog The Legal Genealogist .  Check out her latest post entitled Copyright and the Genealogy Report

Gioiosa Ionica Catasto Onciario

Gioiosa Ionica Catasto 1745 Coming Soon!

Gioiosa Catasto 1745

Gioiosa Ionica – Catasto Catasto Onciario 1745 is coming soon on Calabria Exchange.


We are currently in the process of extracting the 1745 Catasto Onciario for the Comune of Gioiosa.   At the present time it is almost 50% complete.  Images and extractions should be completely uploaded sometime in August.

Stay tuned for further  updates on this and many other exciting new projects.

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