The Catasti Onciari [Taxable Property Census]: Mining These Valuable Records

The value of the catasti in Italian genealogy is often overlooked. Few of these records are available digitally or by microfilm. However, this will change in the coming years, as FamilySearch is digitizing many of these records and some of the Italian Archivi di Stato [Provincial/State Archives] have digitization projects underway. The records will be much more accessible for a...
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Records Created by Italian Municipalities and Courts

The documents created by Italian municipalities and courts can have great value to your genealogical research. Let's take a look at the decree of Giuseppe Fedele Covi. Through this record you will see how much valuable information can be found in a resource like this. "Decree number: 308 Year: 1853 The Illustrious Magistrate The undersigned, Giuseppe Fedele Covi, wh...
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Lectures on Italian Genealogy

The owner of Lo Schiavo Genealogica, Melanie D. Holtz, CG, is available for lectures, whether in-person or by webinar. Webinars will be conducted using the GoToWebinar software. This virtual option enables  genealogical societies and cultural organizations to lessen the costs of hiring a speaker. Available Lectures “Italian Civil Records: Finding Errant Civil Records by U...
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Solving Problems With a Reasonably Exhaustive Research and Genealogical Analysis

Francesco Catanzaro lived just 27 days, yet the records created in that short period of time differed as to what his father's name was. The inaccessibility of ecclesiastical records further limited the available resources and lessened the strength of this proof argument.  Yet, we will seek to prove that Francesco’s father was Antonino Lo Schiavo, the husband of Rosalia “Rosa” C...
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Italian Genealogical Evidence Practicum Course

Sometimes an Italian “brick wall” can be resolved by understanding the history behind the records, the laws that affected them, and through careful evaluation of the evidence and information contained within the records. This course is meant for those who have some experience in Italian genealogy and wish to take their skills to the next level. Students will work on two comp...
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Italian Property and Inheritance

Are you looking to buy or sell a property in Italy? Did your ancestors leave behind property in Italy? Do you need help with inheritance issues in Italy? If you need help with any of these issues, Lo Schiavo Genealogica recommends the De Tullio Law Firm, an English-speaking law firm with offices in Martina Franca and Roma, Italy, as well as London, United Kingdom. The fi...
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Pizzelles — the Italian waffle cookie

As we enter the holiday season, I wanted to share a recipe with you that my family has used for generations. Buon Natale e Felice Nuovo Anno!!!   Pizzelles   6 eggs beaten 2 blocks butter or 1/2 lb. melted 1 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. anise oil or vanilla 3 cups flour   Mix and drop dough by large tablespoon onto Pizzelle maker. Can make ahead and chill overn...
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Updates from Portale Antenati

Since June, Portale Antenati has made great strides in making more civil records available. 3 June 2015 - added records from the Archivio di Stato di Arezzo, dating from 1314-1934 9 June 2015 - added records from the Archivio di Stato di Imperia (Section of San Remo), dating from 1805-1910 17 June 2015 - added records from the Archivio di Stato di Firenze, dating from ...
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Lectures

The owner of Lo Schiavo Genealogica, Melanie D. Holtz, CG, is available for lectures, whether in-person or virtually. The majority of the virtual lectures will be conducted using the GoToWebinar software unless your organization wishes to use a different forum. This virtual option enables  genealogical societies and cultural organizations to lessen the costs of hiring a speaker...
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