Here is an older article about the "Little Italy" neighborhoods of Michigan. It also has some good information about the Italians that settled in the UP.
Buona Fortuna paisans!
If you haven't created a Family Search account yet - what are you waiting for?
Family Search (www.familysearch.org) is the world's largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources.
Family Search also has a wealth of information for new researchers. Start with their Italian Genealogy wiki (https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Italy_Genealogy) for an Italy Genealogy Research Using the Wiki – Video Series - 14 five-minute instructional videos training you in how to use this Wiki to find civil registration and church records for Italy.
Buona Fortuna paisans!
Jeanne Rollberg wrote a post called Harness Social Media to Connect to your Ancestors World. http://blog.ancestorcloud.com/2017/03/23/harness-social-media-to-connect-to-your-ancestors-world/
I can personally attest to the power of Social Media in genealogy.
In 2010, I started a Facebook Group for Cubba and Fiantaco genealogy. I was hoping to connect with my relatives across the United States. I purposefully set up the group with my family’s American names (instead of Cuba and Fiandaca) to make it easier for people to find it. Initially, the group’s members were just my children, siblings and a few local cousins. In 2011, a 2nd cousin in Minnesota discovered the group and soon more members of his family joined. Other cousins trickled in over the years and we started sharing photos and family stories.
On Christmas Eve, 2016, I got a request from a man in Belgium with the last name Cubba to join the group. Curious, I added him to the group and asked how he was related to us. To my astonishment, I discovered that he was my 2nd cousin, once removed! I learned that after the Second World War, the Belgian and French governments recruited Italians to work in the mines. His brother and cousin, who lives in France, also joined the group. More importantly, this connection has allowed me to fill in a huge gap in my family tree because I had next to no information for that branch.
If you are interested in using Facebook as a genealogy tool, I encourage you to look at Katherine Willson’s Genealogy on Facebook list https://socialmediagenealogy.com/genealogy-on-facebook-list/. Who knows? You may connect with long lost relative too! Buona fortuna!
I grew up seeing the photograph of my maternal grandparents on their wedding day in 1923. Their wedding anniversary was celebrated by the entire family until my grandmother died in 1979. Through an earlier blog post, a cousin contacted me and invited me to join her family Facebook page. She then posted a photo of the entire wedding party! What an absolute treasure.
For whatever reason, my mother was of the mind set that genealogical research was a secret to be closely hoarded and rarely shared photos or information outside her immediate family. I’ve read that Italians harbor a suspicion of authority figures and are wary of outsiders. I think that is the view my mother grew up with too. I would have never broken through so many brick walls last year if I shared her attitude.
If you're like me, you have a house full of old photos that you want to digitize, but are not sure how. Join the Macomb County Genealogy Group on November 16 for
Enhancing Images and Records, using Scanning Techniques and Imaging Software
Presented by Robert McGarry.
Saturday, November 3
2018 MGC Fall Family History Event (Michigan Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Michigan Library and Historical Center, 702 W Kalamazoo, Lansing, Michigan
Plan to spend A Day with John Philip Colletta this year! John will be giving four presentations Saturday, November 3 at the Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing.
Online registration is now open.
Welcome to the Michigan Italian Genealogy Society!
The first ethnic Italian in Detroit was Alphonse Tonty (Italian name: Alfonso Tonti), a Frenchman with an Italian father. He was the second-in-command of Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, who established Detroit in 1701. Tonti's child, born in 1703, was the first ethnic European child born in Detroit. Tonti became the commander of the Detroit fort after Cadillac left to return to France.
As you can see, Detroit's Italian heritage spans hundreds of years. There are several wonderful Italian cultural societies in the Detroit area, but none devoted solely to Italian genealogy. To begin with, the society will maintain a website and Facebook page. Our hope is to expand to newsletters, classes and conferences in the future.