New Society Mailing Address

Please be advised that as of April 2019, the Italian Genealogy and Heraldry Society of Canada has a new office location and mailing address.


Society mailing address:


Primary contact:

Tim Sellan, President, Email:, Phone: 226.975.1469

Research contact:

Flavio Andreatta, Genealogist: Email:


Researching Italian Genealogical Records Becoming More Difficult

It has become increasingly difficult to research our Italian ancestry and it will become even worse. The following factors are responsible:

Draconian privacy legislation
Limited access to all archival repositories
Lack of staff in civil and church archives
Very few professional genealogists in Italy
Extreme lack of interest for genealogy by the Italian public
Continuing government cutbacks in all state and local archives
Continuing administrative changes in Italian geography
Billions of records in municipal, provincial, state, church and private archives are not indexed

Flavio Andreatta, Genealogist, Italian Genealogy and Heraldry Society of Canada, July 12, 2018.

IGHSC 25th Anniversary Dinner

On Sunday, November 12, 2017, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Italian Genealogy and Heraldry Society of Canada. In attendance were the three original founding members of the Society, Dan Marcuz (l) , Flavio Andreatta, and Dino Coletti (r) (See photo below upper left). Flavio Andreatta was given a special award in recognition of his 25 years of service as past President and genealogist of the Society. After a fine Friuli style dinner arranged by Chef Rino Bortolin, Flavio gave a lecture on how genetically inherited diseases can affect the health of Italian families.

25th aniversary dinner




The book is available online or at any Chapters/Indigo/Coles bookstores. It is also available at Juniper Books on Ottawa St in Windsor. For those who prefer to get the book from the library, it can be had from any Windsor Public Library.

MONTREAL\ aise\ – È uscito in stampa “Waiting for Chrysanthemums” di Marisa De Franceschi. Pubblicato dalla Longbridge Books di Montreal, il nuovo romanzo in lingua inglese racconta la storia di Lily, una donna forte ma sensibile, coinvolta in un omicidio che travolgerà la sua famiglia. Chi ha ucciso Sal Guerra? E perché? Il giallo Waiting for Chrysanthemums sarà presentato nell’ambito della 24esima edizione della Settimana italiana di Montreal, il 9 agosto alle 19:00 alla Casa d’Italia (505 rue Jean-Talon est, Montreal). L’ingresso è libero e aperto a tutti.
Marisa De Franceschi è nata a Muris (Udine) nel 1946. È arrivata in Canada nel 1948. Per molti anni ha insegnato la letteratura a Windsor, nell’Ontario. Ha ricevuto diversi premi per i suoi racconti. Un volume di poesie intitolato Random Thoughts è stato pubbblicato nel 2010. Nel 1998 Marisa De Frabceschi ha curato l’antologia Pillars of Lace, scritti di donne italo-canadesi. Oggi vive a Windsor con suo marito. Ha un figlio e due nipotini. (

Getting Started With Genealogy Research

To all members and supporters:

Due to the extremely complex nature of research and the excessive amount of time required for research, I will be adopting the international methodology and standards for family history, genealogy and heraldry, effective December 14 2016.  The most important are the following:

1. Everyone must complete the questionnaire provided by the Society and returned to Flavio Andreatta.

2. All genealogies will begin with the person completing the questionnaire.  This will include the person’s immediate family.

3. All genealogies will contain the paternal and maternal ancestors.

4. All names and surnames must be the names and surnames at birth.  Anglicized names and nicknames are not to be used.

These few rules will make my work easier and you will get the best results.  Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.


Flavio A. L. Andreatta, C.H.R.E., K.O.R.I.E., K.O.P.K.C.
Italian Genealogy and Heraldry Society of Canada – Societa di genealogia e araldica italiana del Canada – Societe de genealogie et d’heraldique italiennes du Canada (Canadian registered charity – Ente culturale di beneficenza senza scopo di lucro).
In Association with the Fogolar Furlan Club of Windsor.
Associations of the Society:
Associazione Le Tre Venezie.
Centre for European Studies.
Festa dei nonni.
Gruppo Azzanese di Windsor.
Gruppo Savoia del Canada.
Italian Cultural Centre of Canada.
Italian Family History Centre.
Rappresentanza di Alleanza Monarchica per il Canada.

Villa Italia
86 Hazel Crescent
Kingsville, Ontario N9Y 0B2
Telephone: 519-733-0949

Friuli Fest Dinner 2016

The Italian Genealogy and Heraldry Society of Canada held its first Friuli Fest Dinner on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Fogolar Furlan Windsor. It was an authentic Friuli cultural evening featuring the Fogolar children’s choir, Friuli wines from Vins dal Friul Wines, dinner arranged and presented by Chef Rino Bortolin, and lecture by IGHSC president Flavio Andreatta on the genealogy of the Friuli people. It was a very nice cultural event enjoyed by all. ffdinnercollage