Genealogy Services – MALTA, is a family run business offering family research
services to various clients both locally as well as overseas.
The story goes back several decades when Don Gio Carlo Muscat from
the village of Zebbug in Malta was in search of an efficient indexing system
which could provide family links through the already existing Parish Records. He
then began the painstaking process of manually copying the tens of thousands
of marriage acts found in the Parishes of Malta and Gozo which date back to the
Needless to say, this was a very long process which took an endless amount of
years to conclude. With the help of other individuals, he began grouping the
marriages by surname and village forming an indexing system, consequently
making research easier. The main scope of this system was and still remains
that of compiling family tree charts.
All together Don Carlo Muscat wrote no less than 250 volumes of informative
material, each volume having around 1000 pages. After his death in 1942, his
niece Mary Anne Muscat took over until 1980 when Mary Lanfranco, a cousin of
Mary Anne was asked to carry on the mission, which she gladly accepted. By the
mid 90’s, Mary’s husband Antoine became involved as well. It was then that the
need was felt to update the marriages found in the archives which had not been
updated for the previous 60 years.
Today, the ‘Lanfranco’ archives are made up of over 400 volumes of reference
books making it the largest collection of family history records on the Maltese islands.