When someone asks you your nationality, what do you say? I remember always answering, ''I'm Italian,” without understanding the depths of what that meant.
After 35 years of saying this, and with the birth of my third child and the aging of my grandparents, I decided that this vague response wasn’t good enough anymore. I decided I was going to learn everything I could about my Italian family roots.
Fast-forward three years, and not only did I learn about my family, but I found living relatives in Italy, learned Italian, and spent 40 days in Italy with these newfound relatives, and I wrote this book to help you do the same...
The good news is that, like you, I am not an expert in any of these fields, but I was still able to navigate them — and now through this book, I want to help you do the same.
The first part of this book provides step-by-step guidelines for researching your family roots, learning Italian, and planning a voyage of discovery trip to Italy.
The second part of the book takes you on my 40-day Italy trip so you can feel the emotional roller coaster that is connecting with your Italian relatives or simply visiting your ancestral villages. Now, every Italian American can experience the feeling of reconnecting with la famiglia.
This book will help you:
- Ask the right questions of your elder relatives to gain the information that you need to trace your family history and write your story.
- Use online genealogy tools to build an amazing family tree rich with records, photos, and documentations.
- Learn conversational Italian that will help you along your journey and allow you to maximize any time you spend in Italy.
- Plan a cost-effective trip to Italy during which you can visit your living relatives or your ancestors' birth places.