Italian Genealogy

Hello. My name is Marcus Flansburg

Welcome to Roots in the Boot, the ultimate destination for anyone looking to trace their Italian family roots! Our website is dedicated to exploring the rich and fascinating history of Italy, and helping people discover their family’s heritage in the United States and Southern Italy. I am a professional genealogist who specializes in Italian family history, and I offer a wide range of services to help you uncover your ancestry and connect with your Italian roots. Whether you are just starting your family history journey, or have been researching your Italian ancestry for years, Roots in the Boot is the perfect place to discover more about your family’s history and the vibrant culture of Italy.



In 2017, I visited Verbicaro and took these pictures of the honored dead in the town square. I recently found this website where you can get more information on the WW1 names:


Following a cholera epidemic on 27 August 1911 which led to the death of 79 people, the Verbicese population turned against the mayor and the rich in the country accusing them to have put “A puriviredda” in the water to poison it.

The town hall was burned and many houses of wealthy people were devastated. Inmates were released from prison. Intervened the army that sat revolt and arrested 101 people. the army remained until the end of the construction of the aqueduct in 1913.



Antenati is the Italian word for Ancestors. This site is run by the Italian government. It is where you can go to access Italian civil records. These records start around 1806-09. They go until the early 1900s. Each town is a little different.

Not all the records are indexed. There is a good chance you will not find your ancestor in the indexed records. In that case, you will have to browse the un-indexed records. At this time, records for Verbicaro are not available on Antenati. You can check the “Land and the Sources” page for updates on Verbicaro’s status.