‘Co.As.It. Italian Family History Group’ Tracing your Ancestors

To assist you in your research, the Co.As.It Italian Family History Group wishes to supply you with the following many useful genealogy sites, where you will be able to browse, search, and hopefully trace your ancestory.

LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) Family History Centres:

The pre-eminent source of genealogical information is the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons). There is an online catalogue available at of this immense library, and there are Family History Centres in many towns and cities in Australia, and throughout the World, where microfilm copies of most of the library’s holdings can be viewed.

One particularly important information source that has been produced by the Family History Centre is the International Genealogical Index (or IGI), now available on their site. This contains millions of entries, mainly of baptisms and marriages, many of them taken from parish registers as part of an organized program of careful transcription, and others provided by individuals and not always overly careful researchers. Although you will need to check the original sources of the information contained in the index, you will often find that the index can be a great help to your research. However, its coverage is far from complete, so the fact that the ancestor you are seeking does not appear in the IGI should not cause you to give up.

The LDS also produce a set of Research Guides – introductory guides to the genealogy of various countries and states. They have the added advantage over many commercially published introductory texts, that they provide indications of the holdings of the Family History Library. These may be ordered via your local LDS Family History Centre, and can be viewed online at the LDS Family Search site (

Other Good Sources of Information include the following sites:

National Archives of Australia – National Library of Australia – Newspapers Australian (Trove) – State Library of NSW –

State Library of Victoria –
State Records NSW –
State Records Victoria –
State Records Queensland – Society of Australian Genealogists – State Records WA –

Australian War Memorial Records –
Cemeteries Australian Index –
Cemeteries – Ballarat – Cemeteries Geelong Trust – Maritime Museum Australian National –
Ryerson Index (Death notices/obituaries) –

The Italian Family History Group (IFHG) was founded in 1999, and operates under the auspices and support of Co.As.It (Italian Association of Assistance).

Our Mission is to promote, develop, aid and assist those interested in tracing and recording details of their Italian ancestors and heritage, and to generally promote the passion of Italian culture.

The IFHG is a non-profit genealogical group, consisting mostly of Italian- Australians, and is interested in sharing knowledge and experiences about family history and Italian culture. The Group has over 500 members, most of whom, are actively engaged in their own family research.

The Group aims to assist its members by providing a resource library of materials, informative guest speaker events (9 times per year), pooling members’ family history information and research experiences, and liaising with other similar genealogical groups.

Our guest speaker events are held at Cinema 1, Palace Cinema, 99 Norton Street, Leichhardt, NSW at 6.45pm for 7.15pm start. Information on our upcoming events may be found at

We trust the above information will assist you in your research and we look forward to you being able to join us at one of our very popular guest speaker events.



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