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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good advice and practical help for all genealogists
Dr. Colletta was very practical in his advice to genealogists - exhaust the resources here in the United States before beginning research in Italy. Once you get to Italy, there are numerous resources of which the book only gives a taste.

He was also truthful when he said that Italians could care less about genealogy (they have the honor and privilege of living...
Published on February 21, 2005 by Donna Di Giacomo

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fair resource book
This book is really geared for Italian Americans, not Canadian Italians. Most importantly, the sources of info are out of date - now that that ancestry.com & other sites are available.
Published on November 25, 2011 by C. Maheux


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good advice and practical help for all genealogists, February 21, 2005
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This review is from: Finding Your Italian Roots. The Complete Guide for Americans. Second Edition (Paperback)
Dr. Colletta was very practical in his advice to genealogists - exhaust the resources here in the United States before beginning research in Italy. Once you get to Italy, there are numerous resources of which the book only gives a taste.

He was also truthful when he said that Italians could care less about genealogy (they have the honor and privilege of living amongst thousands of years of history everyday) but they are very accomodating once you get to Italy (can't wait to experience that feeling!).

I found the map of Italy - pre and post unification - helpful as well as the history of Italian Jews and the fact that they're the oldest type of Jew in the world. There still exists a somewhat healthy amount of Jews in Rome, which I found fascinating.

With every book that I read about genealogy, I realize that no matter how many years of research I've done, there's still a lot to be learned and resources to be used that I still don't know about yet.

I just wish the book would be updated.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with specific tips unique to Italian roots, June 7, 2004
This review is from: Finding Your Italian Roots. The Complete Guide for Americans. Second Edition (Paperback)
If it's family tree research you're seeking for a strong library collection, don't miss John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.'s Finding Italian Roots, 2nd Edition, which first appeared in 1993 and has been thoroughly revised for this latest presentation. From accessing and interpreting the records available for tracking Italian ancestors and recording their stories to locating key sources of records and civil and religious resources, Finding Italian Roots is packed with specific tips unique to Italian roots.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where and why to do geneology, September 7, 2005
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This review is from: Finding Your Italian Roots. The Complete Guide for Americans. Second Edition (Paperback)
This book is full of good information, indeed some of the idiocyncrqacies of the field of our precious heritage. It is realistic, honest and encourgaing to any level of researcher. There are stories we all can relate to . Another good reference for Italo-Americans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Publisher's Note for the 2005 edition by Genealogical Publishing:, July 26, 2007
This review is from: Finding Your Italian Roots. The Complete Guide for Americans. Second Edition (Paperback)
Since Finding Italian Roots first appeared in 1993, an ever increasing number of Americans have become interested in tracing their Italian heritage. This thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded Second Edition provides up-to-date information about accessing and interpreting the vast universe of materials available for tracking Italian ancestors and recording their stories for future generations. It contains more state and local sources, more point-by-point explanations, more step-by-step instructions, more "insider" hints and helps, more illustrations, more specific examples, plus an expanded glossary and annotated bibliography, and numerous Internet websites in both English and Italian--all brought vividly to life through the colorful stories of real Italian and Italian-American ancestors. Whether you are just beginning your investigations or have been doing genealogy for years, this guide will help maximize your investment of time, effort, and money

John Philip Colletta is one of America's most popular genealogical lecturers. Based in Washington, D.C., he teaches at the National Archives, Smithsonian Institution, and area universities. He is also a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (Birmingham, Ala.) and Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (Salt Lake City), and has been a course coordinator and instructor for other genealogical institutes as well. John was just a boy when he started asking his paternal grandparents about their roots in Italy. By 1971 he was tapping into Italian records through correspondence, and since then has made four research trips to his ancestral homeland. John's publications include numerous articles; the manual They Came in Ships:; A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record, now in its third edition; and the historical narrative Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great service, January 16, 2012
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This review is from: Finding Your Italian Roots. The Complete Guide for Americans. Second Edition (Paperback)
Shipped just in time for Christmas. Thank you! Great service! Would use again. Love this book and it was perfect for a book. Thanks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have, November 14, 2010
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This review is from: Finding Your Italian Roots. The Complete Guide for Americans. Second Edition (Paperback)
This is one of those books that you absolutely must have if you are trying to research Italian ancestors. It leads you to sources that you would not find, unless you used a professional genealogist. The book contains many more features that are useful; vocabulary, letter writing, and most helpful - online sites that are available. I own the first edition also, and it did not contain nearly as much information. This is one case where purchasing the second edition makes sense.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fair resource book, November 25, 2011
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This book is really geared for Italian Americans, not Canadian Italians. Most importantly, the sources of info are out of date - now that that ancestry.com & other sites are available.
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Finding Your Italian Roots. The Complete Guide for Americans. Second Edition
Finding Your Italian Roots. The Complete Guide for Americans. Second Edition by John Philip Colletta (Paperback - December 8, 2009)
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