Italian Roots became an official project about 11 months ago:
As we head towards our first anniversary on WikiTree I thought we might build upon the success of our Italian Name Studies efforts.
If you aren't already a member of Italian Roots (and you want to be) please send me a note and I can issue your badge. Also -- list yourself and your focus in the member section of our project page.
If your Italian surnames don't have a name study already, consider creating one, it is very rewarding. We're happy to help you through the process. Do be sure to check the list of existing projects on the One Name Studies index: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:One_Name_Studies
If you are new to creating One Name Studies projects, read up on it here:
Be sure to add the Italian Name Studies category on your project page and on the category index that you create for your surname so that they appear here: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Italian_Name_Studies
If you have already created one or more Italian Name Studies projects, I recommend that you check that you have have that category applied and that you have both a project page and a category page for your study.
The category page (e.g. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:DeLuca_Name_Study) functions as an index for all profiles that are under the study and properly categorized or templated.
The project page - which should ideally be created in the manner described on the ONS page - functions as a landing page and hub for your name study.
In the DeLuca example, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:DeLuca_Name_Study I have followed the process described in the ONS project - and as of today the basic text is pretty much what is created automatically. Feel free to add detail, feel free to add focus to the project.
It's likely that your interest in the surname is going to follow your lines or research, but I recommend establishing the Name Study with an eye to coordinating with others you are likely to bump into as you explore the surname. Figure out the best way to develop sub-projects under the surname and you will build a resource that honors the WIkiTree spirit.
There's another very powerful thing that can be done to promote collaboration on your Italian Surname in the WikiTree context - once you have created your category and project page - ask us for a redirect so that the surname get's a project box on the genealogy page for your surname.
Again, here's the DeLuca corresponding example:
You will note, under the "related surnames" section in the upper right quadrant there is a box that says "DeLuca Project" ... that's prime real-estate for getting collaborators! Let us know when your project page and category are ready and we'll get the redirect in place for you.
I do note that there are about three times as many subcategory entries of Italian Name Studies as their are project pages categorized under the category: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Italian_Name_Studies
It would be great to make sure we have both a project page and a category page for each surname. Perhaps in many cases both already exist but are not tagged with the category Italian Name Studies. So if you already have one, please double check on that!
By the way: I set up the DeLuca example very quickly this morning, just to refresh myself on the process, and to be confident when I suggest it is something that can be started rather easily. it can!
I'm going to close with an acknowledgment of our Italy Place Studies - they are also very much worth the time!