Updated July 1, 2022

The largest website in the world devoted to Casto genealogical research—established in 1997!

Welcome to

July 1, 2022



Happy 25th Anniversary, Casto Connections!


Who would have ever dreamt 25 years ago I would still be cranking out stories and research about our Casto ancestors!  You may not be amazed but I certainly am!!! 


In 1997, Bill Clinton was sworn in for his second term, gas was $1.22 in the US and 2 pounds, 70 pence in the UK, the Dow was less than 8000, Princess Diana died in a car crash in France, and I had a 4-year-old and 6-year-old at home.  I was corresponding with so many people about Casto research that I decided to start a newsletter.  I’m sure part of my thinking was several of the genealogy groups I belonged to at the time had newsletters and I had just discovered about a former Casto newsletter called Casto Chronicles.  On July 1, 1997, I published the first of an eventual 25 issues devoted to researching the Casto family and putting distant cousins in touch with one another.  There were 4 issues a year from 1997 to 2003.  Before Issue #2 was ever printed, I had created the Casto Connections website and started putting items too large for the newsletter on the internet which was still a relatively new thing.  As a matter of fact, my website is older than Google,  Monster, Wikipedia, or Priceline.com.  In the early days, Casto Connections was even ranked one of the top genealogy sites in the world! 


The newsletter had about 200 readers in 3 countries, all from word of mouth, one Casto to another.  Sometime around 2011, I started the Casto Connections group on Facebook and now have about 800 Casto members, most from the US but also from Italy, Canada, UK, Belgium, Ireland, Argentina, Australia, and Switzerland! What started as my goal of sharing and helping others has spread to so many of us helping each other!  I couldn’t have asked for anything more!



Until Next Time,






Text Box: Some tips for using the search engine:

Since almost everyone on here is a Casto, if you’re looking for George Casto, just search for George!  Seaching for “George Casto” limits your results.

Your results will be different if you search for GEORGE or George.

Vague words like “Census” or “Marriage” are not specific enough for good results. Try names, locations, or even years.  A search for 1915, for example, came up with 4 different events that happened to Castos that year.

When all else fails, contact me and have me research my off-line material.   I’ve got almost 30 books with Casto material in them and subscriptions to several online services so I really should be able to find SOMETHING on your line.

Also—VERY IMPORTANT—This search engine does NOT look at names in my online database.  You must go directly to that page to see who is in there.

Casto Connections!

Never Forget—9-11-2001

Click here to 
go to the 
mobile-friendly site!Casto Genealogy 101

If you are just starting your search for your Casto ancestors, this is the place to start!

What is Casto Connections?

Is it run by a group or a person?  Who or what is behind this website and the Facebook page?

Casto Vital Records & More

Local, State, & Federal records help you build a reliable family tree so you can prove your lineage is correct.

How to Start Researching Your Family Tree

This is an article with tips on how to get started with your search for your ancestors.

Free Back Issues of the Casto Connections Newsletter

The newsletter was published from 1997 to 2003 (25 issues).

My Casto Database

25+ years of research on the Casto (and other) families

DNA Results - Are YOU a Casto?

The 2005 Y-Chromosome research project which eventually lead to the definitive conclusion that the Casto family originated in Ireland!

Casto Family Photo Album

Photos from various Casto lines

Stories About Castos

Stories I have written about interesting Castos I have run across

Miscellaneous Research

This is research I have done on various families or special groups of Castos.

Special Items