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Old 09-13-2008, 11:47 PM
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I want to find more information about my family in Italy. I have two daughters and want to be able to share my family history and heritage with them and even find some long-lost family to talk to and get close with.

My father, Giovanni Silvano Negri, was from Milano and moved here in the 1980's. He is now deceased and I only knew my grandmother, Celestina Barracco, (his mother) who visited many times from Milano. I know she married Roberto Negri (but he passed away before my birth). Now, she recently passed away as well and I am left with no links to my Italian heritage or family. If anyone could help with any clues to the Negri family in/around Milan or even the Barracco family, I would love to get more information to build ties with my international relatives. If anyone knows of ways to find out this type of information without costs (I can't afford to pay for this right now), I would be so grateful. Thanks!
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Old 09-16-2008, 03:58 PM
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There aren't many Italian records available free online. Even ancestry.com charges a couple hundred dollars above the basic membership price to view the few Italian records they have. If you don't speak Italian you will need translator software or an online program such as the one at altavista.com, which will translate enough to give you the gist of what you're reading.

familysearch.org has some Italian records, including civil registries, but you may have to order the microfilm sent to your closest LDS library for your viewing/copying there.

italiansrus.com has helpful info, databases and surname search

numberway.com has Italian phone books to do surname searches.

You can also search for your grandparents' names in the online family trees, in case distant cousins are doing the same thing.

You can also do a surname search in the forums at ancestry.com for others searching your family line.

Good luck
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