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

Melanie D. Holtz, CG
[email protected]

Italian Genealogy

Map with Pins Ital­ian Amer­i­cans and those of Ital­ian descent around the world have a unique and rich her­itage. Now sev­eral gen­er­a­tions past their immi­grat­ing ances­tors, more and more Ital­ian descen­dants are wish­ing to learn 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 researchers in Ital­ian geneal­ogy, we’ve found great sat­is­fac­tion in reunit­ing 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 and around the world.

Unless you have already per­formed sig­nif­i­cant research on your fam­ily, a typ­i­cal research project may start 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, research­ing in the U.S. records will point us in the right direc­tion.  Most Ital­ian records are main­tained 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, notar­ial, and mil­i­tary records. Addi­tion­ally, the main Ital­ian archive is plac­ing dig­i­tized images of the civil records held in the state archives on their own website.

If records for your town of ori­gin are not avail­able by micro­film or dig­i­tally, research can 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 trans­mit­ted via email unless an phys­i­cal copy is requested.  If the orig­i­nal copy of a doc­u­ment is required, 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.

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 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. We will then eval­u­ate the project, ask any ques­tions nec­es­sary to under­stand your research goals, and pre­pare an ini­tial research plan and esti­mate for you. Once a research plan is agreed upon and the retainer received, the research will begin.  We look for­ward to work­ing with you!

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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] with the specifics of your application!

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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 her arti­cle on Ital­ian geneal­ogy in the Oct./Nov. issue of Fam­i­lyTree Magazine!

See Melanie’s pro­file on the web­site of the National Asso­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional Women  here.

See Melanie’s arti­cle in Women of Dis­tinc­tion Mag­a­zine here.

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