During Family History Month at the State Library of NSW, we were lucky enough to have two expert researchers present a seminar called Researching your Italian heritage.Maria Linders, Chairperson and Fabio Lo Sciavo, past committee member of the Italian History Group presented a how-to session on navigating the landscape of Italian family history.Being of Italian ancestry, Maria became very interested in tracing her family tree and spent many years collecting and collating information relating to her mother and father, who were both born in Salina, a small island part of the Aeolian Islands off Sicily.
He gave numerous examples of doing family history research in Italy and tips and tricks such as putting your request in writing and bringing the archivist a gift such as pastries or a scarf!
Maria also spoke about Italian naming customs which mean there are lots of people in the family with the same name so date of birth is very important to distinguish them and how useful cemetery inscriptions can be in Italy as sometimes they have maiden names and children’s names.
Maria also gave lots of useful tips about recording your family history research and even DNA searching. It Italian Family History Group holds monthly events of guest speakers from Italian backgrounds at the Palace Cinema in Leichhardt.
Even those without Italian heritage wished they had some by the end of the very entertaining talk and discussion! August is Family History month at the State Library of New South Wales and this week we are looking at Irish convicts.
He also published an account of his years in jail.”Jail journal, or, Five years in British prisons : commenced on board the Shearwater steamer in Dublin Bay, continued at Spike Island … 3 Pier, North River, New York / by John Mitchel.”Also see “Letter from John Mitchel to G.
Baker, July 1853″ in our Manuscripts Oral history and Pictures catalogue.
This letter was written by Mitchel about a week before his escape on the night of 16 July 1853.
The original letter (7 pages), as well as an album transcript are available on our website.
John Mitchel was born in County Derry, Ireland in 1815.