Meet the Team


Melanie is the owner and principal researcher of Lo Schiavo Genealogica. She is a board-certified professional genealogist specializing in Italian research and Italian-American dual citizenship.

Melanie has more than 20 years experience in Italian genealogical research and Italian American dual citizenship. She lectures on Italian research, Italian dual citizenship, professional development, and genealogical standards. Melanie has written courses and articles on Italian research for Family Tree University, the National Institute of Genealogical Research, Family Tree Magazine, and a variety of other organizations.

Stay tuned for my upcoming book to be published in 2017,  called “The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide!”

Additionally, Melanie  lectures on Italian genealogy and dual citizenship and taught courses for the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, amongst others.

As a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), Melanie abides by the Code of Ethics set forth by that organization. She served on the APG Board of Directors in 2010 and in 2013-2014 and is a former member of the Professional Development Committee (PDC).  Her work on APG’s PDC helped expand the educational services offered by the organization.  She also belongs to the North Carolina Chapter of APG.

Melanie is a co-owner of the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research ( which provides institute-quality genealogical education using a virtual platform. Please see our website for more information.

Professional and cultural organization memberships include the National Genealogical Society (NGS), Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG), and the Triangle Order Sons of Italy (TOSIA).



Michele joined the team in 2010 and has extensive experience in researching all types of Italian records. He manages our Italian office and handles the majority of the onsite research in Italy. Michele maintains a type of certification that allows him access to certain types of parish collections only available to professional scholars and those with this certification. This can be a valuable asset to our clients, as it often enables us to accomplish more for our clients then other research firms. Michele works exclusively with Lo Schiavo Genealogica and can communicate in several different languages.

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Corey is a professional genealogist with experience in Italian, French, U.S., and Canadian research. She earned an M.B.A. in international business from Georgia State University and a B.A. in international studies/French from Virginia Tech University. Corey holds certificates in genealogical studies from Boston University and Monterey Peninsula College and has completed the Excelsior University practicum in genealogical research.

She serves as the communications officer for the Association of Professional Genealogists, is a teaching assistant for the Boston University Genealogical Studies Program, and completed the ProGen Study Group, an 18-month intensive study of the book Professional Genealogy.


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Cathy Granatino Gill is a professional genealogist who has researched her family and her husband’s family for more than 35 years. Cathy has a special interest in Italy, Ireland, Virginia, the US South, DNA and forensics. She is a second generation Italian American who is passionate about her Italian family and heritage.

Cathy received her BA in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley and her JD from George Washington University in Washington, DC. As an attorney, she has worked extensively in the international arena.

Cathy is a member of several genealogical societies and organizations, including the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), and the Virginia Genealogical Society (VGS). She is a graduate of the ProGen 23 Study group, attended the 2014 session of National Institute of Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives in Washington, DC, and regularly attends the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP).





Lo Schiavo Genealogica also uses subcontractors around the world to access some of the more unusual archives, help manage a client’s project expenses and enable research projects to move along more quickly. These researchers are chosen from lists of professional researchers maintained by such organizations as the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy.