Italian-American Family History
A Guide to Researching and Writing About Your Heritage
by Sharon DeBartolo Carmark
Italian Americans have customs, folkways, beliefs, and behaviors that are unique to their culture. Carmack puts a whole new spin on family history research in this book, familiarizing the reader with this culture and the best way to research the American generations of your Italian-American family history.
While focusing on the Italian-American culture, Carmack has developed a unique approach not only to Italian-American genealogical research but also to genealogical research in general. Her goal is to show the reader how to document a family heritage while placing each generation of the family in its cultural milieu, in so doing, tell a factual and interesting story about the family.
Although the main focus of the book is on the immigrant and American generations (late 19th century to early 20th centuries), it also bridges the ocean and shows the reader how to do as much research as possible in Italian records from America.
Between the late 1870s and the 1930s more than 5 million Italians immigrated to American, and 80 percent of these were from southern Italy. This book is perfect for those with a southern Italian heritage.
142 pp., paperback, 1997, ISBN 0-8063-1527-X