Discovering Your Ancestors
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.