Your Italian ancestors are just waiting to be discovered! The availability of Italian records has increased exponentially in the past few years, making research much easier than it has been. In this overview, we will discuss how to find the records you need (on film, on site and on line), what to look for in the records, and a tiny bit of history to put it all into perspective.
Ruth Lapioli Merriman is the former manager of the International Research Consultation Unit in the Family History Library. She now works preparing digital images from Italy for publication on the FamilySearch website and on the website of the National Archives of Italy. She graduated from BYU with a Bachelor's degree in English and a Master's degree in Library Science. She worked in Cataloging for FamilySearch for more years than she would like to say before transferring to the Family History Library. She has been an accredited Italian researcher with ICAPGen for 10 years and is passionate about Italian genealogy.