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Digging up Roots in the Boot Resources

Research Resources pageWelcome to our toolbox of useful products and services that you can take advantage of while Digging up YOUR Roots in the Boot and preparing for a Heritage Tour.  There are so many resources available on the internet that it can become quite overwhelming trying to decide where to begin.

To help you along on your journey of bridging the gap between generations, we have put together a one-stop-shop no matter what phase of the research process you find yourself. We have gathered helpful links for DNA testing, historical document research, Italian language, and travel planning.  These resources may be updated from time to time so you might want to consider bookmarking this page for easy reference.

Keep in mind, some of the links on Digging up Roots in the Boot and the Rooted in Italy Blog and Newsletters are affiliate links.  This means at no additional cost to you, Digging up Roots in the Boot receives a small referral fee for helping you conveniently locate resources that are helpful to you.

DNA Testing Resources

Family Finder DNADNA testing is a great way to support your family search efforts.  We have presented an array of products that you can choose from so that you can find the one that best suits your needs and budget.

FamilyTreeDNA offers 10 product packages that range in price and depth of scope.  You can decide which one best fits your needs and price range.  Three recommendations to start unlocking your family history are Y-DNA, which helps you unlock keys to your heritage on your father’s side. Family Finder helps you locate relatives within five generations.  MT-DNA helps you to know more about your mother’s line.

AncestryDNAAncestryDNA is available on Amazon, and it is designed to help you discover unknown family, confirm uncertain relationships, and connect you with living relatives.

Discover your ethnicityConnect with new relatives family history is in your DNA

23andMe23AndMe uses 23 pairs of chromosomes to help you find out what percentage of your DNA comes from different world populations. Also, it helps you locate living relatives. They provide you with paternal and maternal results.

Research Resources

Fold3 7 Day Free TrialFold3 is an archive of military records to help you find your family’s military past.  There are more than 470 million documents available to search.  They offer a 7-day unlimited access free trial at which time you can choose a monthly or annual membership depending on how much research you plan on doing.

  • Revolutionary War Pension Files
  • FBI Files
  • Confederate Soldier Service Records
  • Civil War Pension Index and more.

Legacy Family Tree

Legacy Family Tree is an attractive family tree program that has a very useful mapping feature to show you how your ancestors have migrated over the years.  There are four versions in English, English (Australia),  English (Canada), English (United Kingdom), and  English (USA), and 11 international versions including Italian.    You can download a free standard edition of Legacy 8.0 Family Tree at their online store.

Italian Heritage ResourcesNewspapers is an online resource where you can search over 4200 historical newspapers and clippings from the 1700s -2000s that can be extremely helpful in genealogical and historical research. The database is regularly updated. In the USA, there are newspapers available from every state. The states with the most scanned pages are Pennsylvania, Texas, California, and Illinois. Outside of the USA, you can also find newspapers from Canada, Australia, England, Ireland and more. Two videos on the home page introduce the site and show you how to conduct a successful search. They offer a 7-day free trial.  NewspaperArchive is the largest online historical newspaper database with over 400 years of news articles from across the USA and 22 other countries. They offer a 7-day free trial.

Italian Language Programs

Rocket ItalianRocket Italian is a self-paced interactive communicative language learning program designed to get you effectively speaking and listening to Italian.  It helps train your ear to the language and tests your pronunciation.  Also, you will simultaneously learn about Italian culture.  There are three language packages to choose from, making it easy to find the right one for you.  They offer free trial audio lessons, and this program is a real value for your money.

Learn Italian WordsLearn Italian Words is an economical program that helps you boost your vocabulary.  You learn the 1,000 most common Italian words by focusing on memorization and word association techniques.  This program is helpful for people who have trouble committing vocabulary to memory or if you want to start teaching Italian to your children.  You learn through a creative combination of memorization exercises and games.  Also, they offer a 60-day money-back guarantee.


AirFranceSkyTeam is an alliance between 20 airlines that allows you to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles with all its partners including Delta, Alitalia,  AirFrance, and KLM making international travel a seamless experience.


The Lonely Planet is a leader in guidebook travel publishing. If you are looking for reliable and inspirational ideas to round out your vacation experience they offer traditional and digital options at discounted prices.  You can even choose only to download specific chapters within a book at a lower price.  There are currently over 30 excellent guides that cover Italy. You can discover the best of specific regions, such as Tuscany and Sicily and get the most from your visit to Rome and Venice.  There is also an Italian phrasebook with audio CD.

Weekend In ItalyWeekend In Italy helps you create a personalized itinerary while visiting some of the most popular Italian cities. They provide advance sale tickets to Italy’s top museums that allow you to skip the line, saving you precious vacation time. You can also choose from a number of guided walking, biking, and ballooning tours. If you know someone planning a trip to Italy, you can purchase a gift certificate to help them build their dream vacation when visiting  Rome, Florence, and Venice to name a few.

Italian Heritage ResourcesTrip Advisor is the world’s largest travel site that offers advice from millions of travelers worldwide. The site’s reviews and opinions cover almost 7 million restaurants, accommodations, and attractions. There are booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best prices on hotels.

Miscellaneous Resources

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