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European Resources for Family Historians: Italy

This State Library of South Australia guide highlights resources available at the Library as well as various databases and websites that may assist your search for ancestors in Europe and the Mediterranean.


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Most of us who call Australia home have our ancestral roots somewhere else. 

Italian immigrants brought with them a rich culture and introduced many culinary delights including the cappuccino, pasta and pizza.

The information on this page concentrates on how to locate family history related records and information in Italy.

To trace family arriving in South Australia try our guide to immigration.  If family arrived in Australia after 1940 passenger lists may be found at National Archives, as passenger lists came under Federal jurisdiction after 1940.

Databases Available at the Library

While you are in the Library don't forget to check out our databases:

  • (library edition) - for onsite use only
  • Find My Past - for onsite use only
  • MyHeritage - available for home use (conditions apply)

Ask Us

Are you unable to come into the State Library of South Australia to undertake your research?  You may like to consider using our Ask Us service.

Search the catalogue for more

Here are some suggested links that may  be helpful.

Italy -- Genealogy

Jews -- Italy -- Genealogy

Nobility -- Italy

Heraldry -- Italy

Libraries -- Italy -- Directories

Archives -- Italy -- Directories

Italy -- Newspapers

 For a more general listing of Italian related material within our collection click here.