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    I've been part of the genealogical research world for a very long time [I am the editor and publisher of an Italian genealogy magazine since 1998], and have spent a lot of time in Family History Centers run by the Mormons. They send teams around the world to microfilm civil and church records, and those microfilms are available for rental in any Family History Center in the world. I've been working with Dominican records for some time now, working on my husband's ancestry so our kids will have both sides of the family done.

    That being said, there is a series of books called FAMILIAS DOMINICANAS written by Profesor Lic. Carlos Larrazabal Blanco published beginning in 1967. Each book details amazing information about each and every Dominican surname - alphabetically. Birth, marriages, deaths, etc. Some of the information goes back into the 1600s. Often tells where the family originated [Spain, Italy, Lebanon, etc.] Book One has surnames beginning with A & B, etc. These books are almost impossible to find.

    I have only 3 of the 12. My copies cover surnames beginning with A, B, C, D, O and P. If you're Dominican and want free lookups of your surname, drop me a PM and I'll be happy to do that for you.

    Does anyone else here have other volumes? I'm looking for the one covering letter "G".

    If ANYONE ever comes across one of these old books anywhere, please let me know. I bought one in Santo Domingo in a used book store, and the other two came from a book store in California. There must be more floating around someplace!

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    AE

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    Get in touch with Edwin Espinal...he is the young gun in Dominican geneology....I am sure you will find him in FaceBook or Google...

    HB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly View Post
    Get in touch with Edwin Espinal...he is the young gun in Dominican geneology....I am sure you will find him in FaceBook or Google...

    HB
    Well, HB, Facebook gave me 161 choices for Edwin Espinal

    I did find an e-mail address for him on Family Tree Maker so sent him off a note, thanks!

    AE

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    I was interested in my roots three years ago as I was willing to apply for an European citizenship but not anymore as next year I'll be able to apply for the American.

    JJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by bachata View Post
    I was interested in my roots three years ago as I was willing to apply for an European citizenship but not anymore as next year I'll be able to apply for the American.

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    That's an interesting comment JJ. Many South Americans are in the process of obtaining citizenship in Italy, Spain, Germany etc., based on their ancestry, especially since the financial crises there. It's necessary to get all the paperwork carefully because much depends upon when the European ancestors gained citizenship of their new country. There are a lot of Dominicans who may be eligible for other citizenships if their parent, grandparent or even great-grandparent was born abroad.

    When I was gathering the documentation for Italian citizenship I found out that three of my four grandparents became US citizens before my parents were born, making me ineligible [in those days you had to renounce your birth country when you became naturalized]. Only my maternal grandfather became a US citizen 6 months after my mother was born, so she had Italian citizenship at birth because her father was still an Italian citizen. I inherited that citizenship through her because I was born after 1948 [before that Italian born women were NOT Italian citizens, so my mother was legally an Italian only after that date].

    Similar laws would apply for other countries.

    Boring to some, fascinating possibilities for others.

    AE

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    I inherited that citizenship through her because I was born after 1948 [before that Italian born women were NOT Italian citizens, so my mother was legally an Italian only after that date].

    Would you please clarify that??

    HB

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    AE I sent you a pm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly View Post
    I inherited that citizenship through her because I was born after 1948 [before that Italian born women were NOT Italian citizens, so my mother was legally an Italian only after that date].

    Would you please clarify that??

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    After WWII, when they sent the Savoys packing, Italy ratified a new constitution [in 1948]. Part of it was that Italian women were finally official citizens of Italy and could vote for the first time. Until that time, they were just "there". So, after that date, children born to Italian women were also Italian citizens. Until then a child could only inherit Italian citizenship through their father [if they weren't born in Italy].

    In my case, if I had been born 1947 or before, I'd have no claim to Italian citizenship, because at that time my mother was not considered an Italian citizen. [I couldn't file through my father because by the time he was born both of his parents were American citizens and had renounced their Italian citizenship.]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly View Post
    Get in touch with Edwin Espinal...he is the young gun in Dominican geneology....I am sure you will find him in FaceBook or Google...

    HB
    Hillbilly, Edwin Espinal couldn't help me, but he forwarded my e-mail on to several other Dominican genealogists and one of them just blew my socks off. He e-mailed me my husband's tree back into 1791 Italy [Piantini] and 1794 Espana [Lapuente]. I also learned that the section/land his grandparents owned in Santo Domingo, and where he was born, was called San Carlos de Tenerife, and it was founded by/for settlers from the Canary Islands in the late 17th century. It was all farms back then - now their land includes the Children's Hospital, Centro de los Heroes, La Feria, etc. http://dominicanahoy.net/blog/2009/0...s-de-tenerife/

    Wow! Alot to absorb, many thanks for your suggestion!

    AE

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    Hello,
    I am from the Piantini family and I am actually looking for information from the Italian ancestors.
    Can you share that information with me please?

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