Andiamo! Finding Your Italian Family

Margaret R. Fortier, CG
Jul 19, 2023
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Welcome
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About BCG
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Speaker's Introduction
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Introduction
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History
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Emigration
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Names
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Search US Records First
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FAN Club
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Italian Records and Jurisdictions
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Announcements
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Questions/answers
10m 17s

About this webinar

Why did your Italian ancestor have five cousins all named Joe? Why did married women travel under their maiden names? Was Sally really Serafina? This presentation explores the factors that pushed and pulled Italians to emigrate, what they found when they arrived, Italian naming patterns and name changes, and how to start your search. Knowing what their life was like in Italy helps us to understand their choices and behavior when they emigrated: why they were slow to naturalize, why the family was the most important institution, and why food was a source of celebration.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Named for her grandmothers and inspired by her mother’s phenomenal memory, Margaret R. Fortier, CG, is a genealogical researcher, lecturer, and writer. Her research focuses on French-Canadian, Italian, and Portuguese immigrants. She is co-editor o
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  1. RA
    Robin A Swattes
    11 months ago

    Loved this! My ancestors were from Sicily. But, just to ruin the law of averages, my great-grand uncle Vincenzo went by Charlie (not James)! Thanks again! Robin

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    PAUL DALLURA
    12 months ago

    Margaret,
    Great webinar, lots of fantastic info.
    I am from the Phila. Area and had the chance to visit people in many of the Italian communities in and outside of the city.
    Wonderful memories.
    Paul D’Allura

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    Susan Norwood
    12 months ago

    There is so much good information in this webinar. I can’t wait to watch it again!

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    Allison Willis
    12 months ago

    I learned alot as usual!!!m Great presentation!!!

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    Jim Koczan
    12 months ago

    The webinar was very informative, well scripted, and with relevant commentary provided by Margaret. I really enjoyed the program along with learning several new clues for conducting my research. The closing Q&A was also helpful.

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    Rochelle Males
    12 months ago

    This was simply fantastic. I now have an incredible desire to take a break from my current research and just immerse myself in resources about the population, hardships, epidemics, etc. (I know, I know…something I should have already done at this point in my Italian research…)! I can not wait to look over the resources you’ve suggested to get us started. Thank you so much! I really think this is going to help me expand my research in Vicenza so much more than I’ve been able to do so far.

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    Lucia Cusimano
    12 months ago

    The syllabus is filled with useful references- thank you! Although I was familiar with most of the subject matter, I learned that the historical perspective should be a research priority as it is important, interesting and may give a clue for reasons of emigration. I agree, that fiction books can be loaded with true, historical information, while being entertaining.

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    Gina Dellapiana
    12 months ago

    I wasn’t sure I would learn anything new tonight, but I did! Thank you for having these webinars.

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