Italian Americans and those of Italian origin 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. They 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 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 work when we provide the translation and analysis of any documents found. We think standards and education in the field are important and because of this you, as the client, are 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!
- Research Report — Example 1
- Research Report — Example 2 — Working with Record Loss
- Analysis of 18th Century Document and Research Plan
- Research Report - Example 3 — Looking for a Birth Record for Dual Citizenship
- Research Report — Example 4 — Working with Changing Jurisdictions
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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