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Genealogy Resources

Discovering Your Ancestors

Our expert genealogists help patrons trace their Sicilian and Italian immigrant roots back to their earliest origins in ‘the old country’, in a variety of ways. The CCI Genealogy Station is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. Our genealogy services are free.
Piles of antiqued photo albumns and notes

What We Do

  • Deciphering ‘Americanized’ given names and surnames to determine how ancestors’ names were originally recorded.
  • Locating U. S. and state censuses that give information on immigrants and their children’s birth years, residences, occupations and immigration and naturalization status.
  • Finding naturalization (‘citizenship’) papers.
  • Locating ships manifests that identify ancestors’ ancestral villages.
  • Locating, reproducing, translating and interpreting civil and church records of birth, baptism, marriage and death for the immigrants families, working back successive generations to ‘build’ a pedigree (family tree), possibly reaching back as early as the 16th century.
  • Genealogy Station staff use the latest on-line repositories of Sicilian and Italian records, which patrons will learn how to access on line at the Station, as well as how to access many records at home.