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Welcome to the Anglo-Italian Family History Society

If you are interested in Italian genealogy and your ancestors lived in or passed through the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland) after moving from Italy, this site can help you research your family history.

Our members support each other in tracing their Italian ancestry back to Italy.

The Society welcomes articles, photos and links which can improve the content and richness of our website. Please contact our webmaster if you can provide more information.

How We Can Help

Along with the Italian Roots Keyword Search you can "Search for an ancestor" in our Transcriptions Database at the top of this page or for members: transcriptions database search. The public transcriptions area also contains lists of surnames that may help in your research. Members can search more detailed records that the Society's volunteers have transcribed. Approximately 680,000 names have been extracted from a miscellany of census, birth, baptism, marriage, and death records together with war, military, directories and occupational records. Most are not available on commercial genealogy sites and more are due to be added.

All editions of our award winning quarterly journal, Italian Roots, are available to view or download in the Member's only area. A public keyword search makes it easier to find articles, names, places etc. within the entire, online collection of journals.

Find out if your family is already in our family group records collection. Members can send us their family group records for help with the next step and to connect with others researching in the same areas.

Not already a Member? Why not join us?

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Annual General Meeting and Webinars


We held our Annual General Meeting on Saturday 8th July at the Guildford Institute, Surrey. It was attended by members in person and also - courtesy of web based technology - by absent friends in New Zealand and France. We have since held a committee meeting entirely by webinar – a change from our usual group email and Skype gatherings.

Please get in touch with us if you are interested in joining a future get-together using this method.

Moving Dreams

Moving Dreams

Moving Dreams is a new multimedia heritage project hosted by ICA-The Fleet in Peterborough, United Kingdom. It's a drama/creative writing/filming project to celebrate the positive contribution migrants brought, and should keep bringing, to Peterborough, the UK and the whole international community. The project will culminate in a performance for Peterborough Presents summerfest and a showing in September for Spare Tyre Theatre Company's 40th anniversary. Absolutely inclusive and non-italian speakers friendly. Join our FREE taster session to get a feeling of the work, no experience needed. Contact Ida for more information at

Collar The Lot

Tom Conti's search for information about, and location of, his Father's internment on the Isle of Man is now available for Members to listen to on the Members' page. The programme was originally broadcast by the BBC on 27th April 2013.

ARANDORA STAR ( STV People's History Show )

STV have released a short documentary about the Arandora Star tragedy on YouTube. It has input from Dr. Terri Colpi, Cav.Ronnie Convery, Rando Bertoia (the last survivor of the tragedy) and family members of some of the victims.

Need some research hints and tips?

Ruth Rowlands, one of our researchers, has a blog at, where she updates us on her efforts to find her own ancestors. Ruth also has a blog recommending books about Italian genealogy at

Anglo-Italian Rootsweb Group

Anyone - AIFHS members and non-members - with an interest in all things Italian, may contact each other by signing up to the public Anglo-Italian Rootsweb email list.