In the beginning

I first got interested in genealogy a few years ago when I began researching my eligibility for Italian citizenship, jure sanguinis, by blood. Italy is one of the only European countries that will grant citizenship to family members further removed than grandchildren. But qualifying hinges on quite a lot of frustrating and time-consuming struggle with Italian bureaucracy. According to Italian law, my great-grandfather, after being born in Italy and emigrating to the United States at the age of seven, unwittingly…

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