genealogical society 

of america


Thank you for visiting the IGSA web site. Our societyís goals are to increase awareness in the field of Italian genealogical research through our newsletters, meetings, and by assisting members in finding others with the same areas of research interests. We do not, however, do research for people but rather educate them in the methods needed to research for themselves. We keep our members abreast of new books available through many different publishers, instruct them in our meetings, give lectures at conferences and for other societies, as well as print "How-To" articles in our quarterly newsletter "Lo Specchio."


NOTE: IGSA does not endorse or support the persons or organizations listed below. We provide the information for informational purposes only.


Via Aragona, 7, 90011 Bagheria (Palermo);

A note from the Director, Marcello D'Aleo

'The "Centro Meridionale Ricerche Genealogiche" (Southern Italy Genealogical Center) specializes in the reconstruction of genealogical trees of families that have their origins in Sicily and in other Regions of Southern Italy; Abruzzo, Molise, Puglia, Basilicata, & Calabria.'



Joy De Simone - Professional Genealosit

Joe DiSimone, Professional Genealogist
"I have been involved in genealogy research for 15+ years. I enjoy helping people discover the paths their ancestors took. I research civil, church, military, notary, catasto onciario records in Southern Italy. My research involves a combination of physical research at archives and repositories. I have been successful locating relatives abroad. And, if interested, I can also help ascertain eligibility for dual citizenship and prepare documents for submission."

Visit his website at for contact information


NOTE: I have personally hired Joe to do some research for me and was thrilled with his speed and professionalism. I have also visited him in Italy and he escorted me to my ancestors towns and the Archivio di Stato in Naples. I DO personally endorse him as a researcher.






Several books that we recommend for researchers just starting to trace their Italian heritage are the following:


Books by IGSA President Marcia Iannizzi/Yannizze Melnyk

    Our members have posted the surnames they are researching and the locations in Italy where they lived. Each area of Italy has its own special problems and strengths that the researcher should know before attempting to search the records. Some areas of Italy have had their civil records microfilmed by the LDS (Mormon) church and others have not. This type of information can be valuable to the beginner and will help save many frustrating hours.

    Our membership application is available on-line should you wish to join. Our membership runs from July 1 to June 30. If you join before March 1 of any year you will receive the back issues from that year and your membership will expire on June 30. If you join after March 1 your check will be applied to the year starting July 1 (back issues can be purchased).

Thank you for visiting our site and we wish you well in your research!

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