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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, as well as learn about the bigger picture of Italian migration to this country.

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Arandora Star 80th Anniversary

A request for help from Peter Capella.

"It’s now time to start planning for the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the sinking of the Arandora Star.

We have booked St Peters Italian Church in Clerkenwell for 6.30 – 7.00pm on 2nd July 2020 with a reception to be held in Casa Pallotti after.

  • Do you have any suggestions on what you would like to happen on the night?
  • Would you like to be an active participant in a procession?

A few things we are thinking of doing:-

  • Erect the panels that were produced for the 75th anniversary. It may be just some of them and we will need to get permission from Padre Andrea on where we may place them. Around the memorial at the back of the church or on the left hand alter by the main door. We will not be able to show the artefacts.
  • Print out all the photos of the victims (the few we have) and form a procession at the offertory. If anyone has a photo that was not printed in the book, please send to me.
  • Invite dignitaries, Rep from Italian Embassy and/or Consulate, local MP etc.

If you do have a photo to send me of someone, please send asap, there will be an early cut-off date, probably around April. Already, I have 62 photos of victims and 21 of survivors."

If you can help please contact Peter Capella directly ''



We are pleased to introduce our new President Dr Terri Colpi, a third generation Scots Italian now resident in England for more than 30 years and author of several books. She has lectured in Italy as well as Britain and is currently an honorary research fellow at the University of St Andrews.Terri brings a great knowledge of Italian communities and we welcome her to the Society.


All editions of our award winning journal, Italian Roots are archived on our website. A new issue, March 2019, has been added to the collection. All are available for members to view or download in the Publications section of the Members Area of our website.

Members can also search the 1939 edition of the "Guida Generale degli Italiani in Gran Bretagna" - a directory of Italians compiled under the auspices of the Italian Consular authorities. This has been digitised and added to our database and is a resource not available on any other site. Members can search for a surname and then scroll through the entire book which includes many business adverts, some with photographs.

The list of all sources can be found in our Members Area

Please contact our WebMaster if you would like to share features, photographs or research tips an improve the richness of our website.

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.