Italian Passport of Maria Furfaro, 1954. Sirabella Family Papers and Photographs, 1995.0212, Italian American Collection, Detre Library & Archives at the History Center.

Italian Genealogy Workshop

Saturday, May 18, 2019 • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Library & Archives at the History Center
$40 for general registration and $30 for members | Register

Add to Calendar05/18/2019 09:00 AM05/18/2019 04:00 PMAmerica/New_YorkItalian Genealogy WorkshopJoin genealogist Rich Venezia of Rich Roots Genealogy for a workshop on delving into your family history in Italy and the United States.Heinz History CenterHeinz History CenterfalseMM/DD/YYYY

Join genealogist Rich Venezia of Rich Roots Genealogy for a workshop on delving into your family history in Italy and the United States.

Benefiting beginner and seasoned genealogists alike, this workshop will feature two lectures:

Italian-Americans: Find Your Roots in the Old Country

Discover the breadth of Italian records, what’s available and where, and tips and tricks for finding elusive ancestors. This lecture covers an overview of finding places of origin, record availability, a timeline of records, civil registration, church records, and military records. Emphasis will be placed on records that can be accessed online right here in the USA. Discover your famiglia and make Nonna proud!

The Aliens Are Coming: USCIS Record Sets

Many of our 20th-century Italian immigrant ancestors had some contact with the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS), the predecessor to the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) – whether that be when they immigrated, naturalized, or registered as an alien. Wade through the alphabet soup of the five glorious record sets the USCIS holds to find where your immigrant ancestor may be found. This lecture will cover A-Files (Alien Files), AR-2s (Alien Registration Forms), C-Files (Naturalization Certificate Files), Registry Files, and Visa Files.

This instructional workshop will also include helpful guidance on using the History Center’s Italian American Collection to contextualize your local family history here in Western Pennsylvania.

In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to attend a special curator-led tour of artifacts from the History Center’s Italian American Collection on display within the museum’s fourth floor Special Collections gallery.

Registration & Admission

The cost is $40 for general registration and $30 for History Center members. Please register online.

Box lunches are no longer available.

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For more information, contact Sierra Green at 412-454-6361 or

Rich VeneziaRich Venezia is a New Jersey native who now calls Pittsburgh home. He started Rich Roots Genealogy in 2013. He has been a member of the research team of Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) for two seasons, and also consulted on “Follow Your Past” (Travel Channel). Rich specializes in 20th-century immigrant ancestry. His main focuses are Italian, Irish, Pittsburgh and New Jersey/New York research, and dual citizenship applications for Ireland and Italy. He holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and is the President of North Hills Genealogists. His writings have been featured in various blogs and magazines, and he lectures across the country. For more information on Rich, please visit Rich Roots Genealogy.

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