Surnames/tags: Italy Italian Roots Project
Team Leader: Cristina Corbellani
Diaspora is a term used for major emigration of people to other parts of the world. There were 4 major waves of Italian emigration between the 1860s – 1970s.
The main receiving countries outside of Europe were: the USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Australia. In Europe: France, Germany and Switzerland. You can read more about the economic and political reasons of this diaspora here: Italian diaspora (English) /Emigrazione Italiana (Italian) / Emigração Italiana (Portuguese)
The largest communities of descendants of Italian immigrants today are those in Brazil, Argentina, USA, France, Colombia, Canada, Peru, Uruguay, Australia and Venezuela.
If you are interested in helping out in the Diaspora subproject and are not already a member of the Italy Project, please read the Italy Project Page to learn more about the project, what we do, and how you can join us!
The aim of this part of the Italy Project is to identify those migrants and their descendants abroad and connect them to their relatives left back in Italy or that migrated to different destinations.
How can you do it? You can place the emigration stickers and categories (scroll down the page) on the profile of the migrating ancestor. See more in Italy Project Templates
When researching the ancestors in Italy or the emigrant one to one of these countries, you have to keep in mind that sometimes the authorities or they themselves adapted their given name to the local language. That way, for example, Giovanni becomes José in Argentina or Ettore, Héctor. You can search for name equivalence for males and females here: Wiktionary: Appendix:Translations of male given names in multiple languages and Wiktionary:Appendix:Translations of female given names in multiple languages
Where to look for the migrating ancestor?
- Departing Ports
CISEI - International Center for Studies on Italian Emigration - departures from Genoa/Genova
Naples Police Headquarters General Archive. Passports and Emigration (1888 - 1901) - passports granted in Naples/Napoli (not only for locals, but also for a lot of people in Southern Italy)
- Arriving Ports
Center for Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University - Immigrant Ancestors project - several countries and ports
CEMLA Centro de Estudios Migratorios Latinoamericanos - migrants arrivals in Buenos Aires
- Ship Manifests
WARNING! - Page under construction - Please tell us if you find any mistakes or a link doesn't work. Thank you!
Diaspora for each region can now be found on that regions team page:
|Lazio, Marche, Tuscany, Umbria
|Sardinia, Sicily, Aeolian Islands
|Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, Veneto
|Aosta Valley, Liguria, Lombardy, Piedmont
|Abruzzo, Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise
Diaspora One Place Studies (OPS)
- Login to request to the join the Trusted List so that you can edit and add images.
- Private Messages: Contact the Profile Managers privately: Frank Santoro, Chris Ferraiolo, Cristina Corbellani, and Italy Project WikiTree. (Best when privacy is an issue.)
- Public Comments: Login to post. (Best for messages specifically directed to those editing this profile. Limit 20 per day.)
- Public Q&A: These will appear above and in the Genealogist-to-Genealogist (G2G) Forum. (Best for anything directed to the wider genealogy community.)