Lo Schiavo Genealogica
Holtz Research Services
Specializing in Italian and Forensic Genealogical Research

Melanie D. Holtz, CG
[email protected]


Map with Pins Ital­ian Amer­i­cans and those with Ital­ian roots liv­ing around the world have a unique and rich her­itage. Now sev­eral gen­er­a­tions past their immi­grat­ing ances­tors, more and more Ital­ian descen­dants are wish­ing to know more about their ances­tors’ lives and the fam­i­lies they left behind. Amongst this group are many who are seek­ing to reclaim the Ital­ian cit­i­zen­ship of their ances­tors. As a researcher in Ital­ian geneal­ogy, I’ve found great sat­is­fac­tion in reunit­ing Ital­ian descen­dants with the her­itage and cul­ture of their ances­tors. Ital­ians have played an inte­gral part in all aspects of life here in the United States.

Unless you have already per­formed sig­nif­i­cant research on your fam­ily, a typ­i­cal research project usu­ally starts by research­ing in cer­tain United States records [cen­sus, immi­gra­tion, nat­u­ral­iza­tion, etc.] to pro­vide a  start­ing point within the Ital­ian records. If you don’t know where in Italy your ances­tors orig­i­nated from, research in the U.S. records will often point us in the right direc­tion.  Most records within Italy are kept at the town level, there­fore one must know the town of ori­gin [or the province, at the least]  in order to research.

For a large por­tion of Italy, Fam­il­y­Search Inter­na­tional has micro­filmed or dig­i­tized the orig­i­nal civil [vital] records for the years 1806/1809/1820–1910, as well as a small amount of eccle­si­as­ti­cal and mil­i­tary records.  If records for your town of ori­gin are not avail­able by micro­film or dig­i­tally, research can still be con­ducted on-site or by tele­phone, postal or email inquiries.  The avail­abil­ity of records varies widely between each town and province in Italy.

Research reports are usu­ally trans­mit­ted via email unless an phys­i­cal copy is requested.  If the orig­i­nal copy of a doc­u­ment is acquired, it will be mailed to you sep­a­rately.  With each report, you are pro­vided with source-cited copies of any doc­u­ments found, a detailed analy­sis of the research, an abstrac­tion of the doc­u­ments into Eng­lish, and rec­om­men­da­tions for future research.


Italian-American Dual Citizenship

There is a grow­ing inter­est within the Italian-American com­mu­nity in pur­su­ing dual cit­i­zen­ship with Italy. We can help you acquire the Ital­ian records needed for your dual cit­i­zen­ship appli­ca­tion as well as pre­pare your appli­ca­tion from A-Z!!!

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, please click the tab titled Ital­ian Dual Cit­i­zen­ship and/or email us at [email protected] to dis­cuss the specifics of your application!

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Why Should You Hire Lo Schi­avo Genealogica?

1.  We work to the high­est genealog­i­cal stan­dards and are con­stantly study­ing and expand­ing our knowl­edge through a vari­ety of edu­ca­tional oppor­tu­ni­ties.  While at times clients want us to sim­ply find a doc­u­ment in an Ital­ian archive, we go above and beyond doc­u­ment retrieval in the qual­ity of our trans­la­tion and analy­sis of the doc­u­ments.  We think stan­dards and edu­ca­tion in the field are impor­tant. Because of this belief, a client is afforded pro­tec­tions and recourses, if our work was not up to pro­fes­sional standards.

The owner, Melanie D. Holtz, CG, is cer­ti­fied by the Board for Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of Geneal­o­gists.  Every five years, a port­fo­lio of work must be sub­mit­ted in order to remain cer­ti­fied.  This port­fo­lio is judged by lead­ers in the field of geneal­ogy and must show pro­gres­sion in the applicant’s knowl­edge of the field and spe­cialty she works in.  Melanie also belongs to the Asso­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional Geneal­o­gists where she serves on the Board of Direc­tors and Pro­fes­sional Devel­op­ment Committee.

2.   We go above and beyond in the work we do.  With offices in both Italy and the United States, we can offer research any­where in main­land Italy, Sicily, San Marino, or any pre­vi­ously Ital­ian parts of the world.

3.  We work at a fair hourly rate plus expenses, except for spe­cific Ital­ian doc­u­ment requests which have a set rate.  We feel work­ing at an hourly rate is a trans­par­ent way to work and there­fore fairer to our clients.  We can work within any bud­get and will be hon­est if your bud­get does not appear to allow enough time for the requested work.

4.  We do this work full-time which means that we can give your project the detailed atten­tion that it deserves!  We offer more than sim­ply genealog­i­cal research ser­vices and can help you with your Ital­ian dual cit­i­zen­ship, write your fam­ily his­tory book, and offer illus­tra­tive services!

5.  Lastly, we think our work speaks for itself.  Please, don’t hes­i­tate to look at the exam­ples of our work below.  We believe that under­stand­ing the his­tory behind the records and pro­vid­ing any cul­tural con­text that is needed to under­stand the records is impor­tant.  All of this and more can be found within our research reports!


What do you need to begin?

In order to accu­rately esti­mate time and expenses, we will need a detailed sum­mary of your pre­vi­ous research and what your research goals are. For exam­ple, are you look­ing to find out who your great-grandparents were or would you like to trace your fam­ily back as far as records will allow? Would you like a spe­cific record for use towards your Ital­ian dual cit­i­zen­ship appli­ca­tion or want us to pre­pare a fam­ily his­tory book?

You can pro­vide this sum­mary using the online form, by email or by postal mail.  Melanie D. Holtz, CG will then eval­u­ate the project, ask ques­tions, and pre­pare a research plan and esti­mate for you. Then, once a research plan is agreed upon and the retainer received, your research will begin.  We look for­ward to hear­ing from you!


Work Sam­ples


Melanie D. Holtz, CG’s blog Find­ing Our Ital­ian Roots was named one of Fam­i­lyTree Magazine’s Top 40 for inter­na­tional research (Around The World in 40 Blogs) in 2012! Also, check out my arti­cle on Ital­ian geneal­ogy in the Oct./Nov. issue of Fam­i­lyTree Magazine!

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