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Researching Genealogy & Local History in the Bronx's "Little Italy": Community History Resources

Personal Histories

Blog posts, videos, and oral histories can be a rich source of information on this research topic. Compiled are some links to family histories and personal narratives that may bring your research some helpful color and depth.

Italian Genealogy Group

The Italian Genealogy Group is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Italian family history and genealogy. It provides free databases vital record indexes for:

  • New York City Births (1878-1909) 
  • New York City Marriages (1866-1937)
  • New York City Deaths (1862-1948)

Local Organizations

Community-based local history societies and advocacy groups can be useful sources of historical knowledge. 

Local Churches

Religious life was very important for many of the Italian immigrants who came to the United States. The majority of these immigrants identified as Catholic. The Bronx falls within the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of New York. Bronx church records can be found on FamilySearch by searching "Bronx Borough, New York Genealogy Church Records" or through contacting the churches directly.

 Some of the churches within the Belmont and Morris Park area include:

Our Lady of Mount Carmel's Church

St. John the Baptist Church

The Redeemed Christian Church of God Chapel of Restoration

Church of the Nazarene

 

(Image courtesy The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "St. Raymonds Catholic Church, N.Y. City" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1905.)