My Upcoming Lecture on Italian Genealogy

Peabody Institute Library in Danvers, Mass.

I will be speaking on the topic of Italian Genealogy Research at the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, Massachusetts next week.

Registration for my lecture is available at the following link:


NEW Italian Genealogy Records Online for Palermo and Chieti, Italy

Today,–the Internet’s largest library of *free* global genealogy images and searchable records, announced two exciting new additions to their web site for Italian American genealogy researchers:

  1. A brand new collection of 4+ million searchable images of Palermo’s government birth, death, and marriage records for the years 1820-1947 (to browse the images, visit this link:
  2. The addition of new images to their Chieti, Italy collection of government birth, death, and marriage records for the years 1809-1930, which now totals more than 3 million images (to browse the images, visit this link:

You might need a membership to view these images, but remember, as always: membership to FamilySearch is FREE. Thank you, FamilySearch, for your tireless, generous service to the genealogy community!

My Blurb in Italy Genealogy Travel Article

Me, studying baptismal records at the Diocesan Archive of Novarra, Italy

I am honored to have contributed to the article of a brave adventurer about his exciting Italy trip, written by author Matt Crossman for Thrillist. Matt invited me to share a bit of retrospective genealogy advice for his readers, which he featured alongside the research tips that he gleaned from personal experience as he trekked through Italy in search of his own ancestors and family. Note the pure poetry in the article’s Taylor Swift reference, because my advice therein can be summed up as a Taylor Swift paraphrase: “Create a blank space, baby, and they’ll write the names!”

Read the full article here:

New Italian American Biography Publication Announced

I’m excited to announce the publication of another book about Luigi Del Bianco, the Mount Rushmore sculptor featured in Lou Bianco’s book In the Shadow of the Mountain:

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Del Bianco is described by the author as “the man who saved Jefferson’s face and brought Lincoln’s eyes to life.”

The second book about Del Bianco is set for release in May of 2014, according to a recent press release.

I can’t wait to read it! 🙂