Great tutorials on familysearch

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I have found some great tutorials on Italian genealogy on the always-growing!! Last month I talked about web sites available at the Family History Center Services Portal. That can be found at

This part of the portal can be accessed from home. You do not have to visit a Family History Center to access these areas. The databases are limited due to site licensing issues, but these help areas are meant to be free to the world.

Once you are in the portal, click on Family Search Research Wiki — it is on the right side of the screen, under “One on One Assistance”. You can fill in “Italy” in the search screen and then click on the first search result. Or you can just click on this link here.

This is a huge series of wiki articles about very specific areas of Italian genealogy. For those who are not familiar, a wiki is a web site filled with articles contributed by users, in which anybody can contribute anything. The Wikipedia web site is the largest example of this. You can’t always trust everything 100% but that’s why other people jump in and make corrections.

In the wiki page, you can see articles on the various collections available on microfilm, letter writing guides, translations of Italian records and numerous other great topics!

Another page that gets into even more detail is the Learning Center. From the main portal page, click on “Online Research Courses” in the middle section. There are six on-line courses on how to do Italian genealogy here.

If you have any questions, send me an e-mail at and please put “Fra Noi” in the subject line. Have fun!

About Dan Niemiec

Dan Niemiec has been the genealogy columnist for Fra Noi since 2004. For the past 25 years, he has researched his genealogy back 17 generations, plus tracing descendants of his ancestors, yielding 74,000 relatives. His major focus is on civil and church records in Italy, Chicago vital records, Chicago Catholic records and most major genealogy web sites. He has given dozens of presentations to many local and some national genealogy societies on topics such as cemetery research, Catholic records, Italian records, Ellis Island and newspaper research, among others.

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