Are your ancestors from a remote hamlet in Liguria? Did they set sail from the port of Genova? If so, why don't you come and visit your ancestral hometown?
This will be a journey back in time to reconnect you to your family roots and your heritage in a tangible and meaningful way… an unforgettable experience to bring to life the genealogical research you have done, to reinforce your identity as an Italian American on a deeper and more soulful level, and to build memories for your children and future generations.
Countless Italians emigrated from the Ligurian region and settled in major US cities. What courage it must have taken for them to leave their family and the only place they had ever known. They packed the few things they had in a cardboard suitcase and they crossed the ocean to offer a better life to their children in the USA.
You will come to understand your ancestors' decision better after having visited the small towns where they grew up, learning a little more about the hard life they endured before they decided to pursue the American dream.
In these last few years, I have led many genealogical tours. I have visited the parish archives, met many archivists and town hall employees in order to help people track down their family records and documents, to reveal their sense of belonging to the place their family came from.
I am not a genealogist and do not offer genealogy research services. However, I may be able to help you, if you know your ancestors' home village and date of birth, by contacting the parish priest and local officials at the Registry Office on your behalf and planning your family tree tour.
You will “follow in the footsteps of your forefathers” by finding your family name in a 19th century registry, visiting the church where your great grandparents were baptized and married, finding the house where they grew up in or that once belonged to them, walking the same streets as they did, kneeling at their tombs in the parish cemetery, and by simply immersing yourselves in the kind of life that your ancestors might have lived before coming to America.