Challenges in Italian Research

I was working in the parish records of Catania this week and I ran across a problem which made the research much more difficult. In the early nineteenth century, Catania's priests indexed baptisms by the father's first name. This is not helpful, especially when one does not know the name of the child's father. What would you do in this situation? Tell us in the comments below!!
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Happy Columbus Day and Italian American Heritage Month!

Daniel J. Longo, the National President of the Order Sons of Italy in America, said in an email this morning, in part: "We join together to remember how, in 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail in an attempt to find a new trade route to the East. Instead, he landed on an island in the western hemisphere and his tales of this New World inspired countless others to explore this...
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Categories of Genealogical Information

There are three main categories of genealogical information: primary, secondary, and indeterminable. Primary information is information reported by an eyewitness to the event, either at the time of the event or many years later. Therefore, is a death record recorded four days later by two men who lived on the same street as the deceased primary information? I would say for ...
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Lo Schiavo Genealogica to Exhibit at the NIAF Expo Italiana in Washington, D.C.

Don’t miss the opportunity for a free, 15-minute consultation at the The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)’s 41st Anniversary Gala Weekend next month at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Lo Schiavo Genealogica will be available to answer your questions on Italian genealogy or Italian-American dual citizenship. Come speak with us at the Exp...
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Free Italian Dual Citizenship or Genealogy Consultations by Lo Schiavo Genealogica at NIAF’s 41st Anniversary Gala Weekend

Lo Schiavo Genealogica is excited to attend The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)’s 41st Anniversary Gala Weekend next month in Washington, D.C.!! During the ExpoItaliana (to be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016), we'll be available to answer questions regarding Italian genealogy, dual citizenship, and ancestral tours! The ExpoItaliana is open for anyone to attend so...
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A Look into Italy’s Provincial (State) Archives…

Many of Italy's provincial archives have YouTube videos on the internet which can give you a unique glimpse into their archives and a view of the materials not often seen by the average researcher. Below are links to a few videos that I thought you would find interesting. Archivio di Stato di Napoli Archivio di Stato di Bari Archivio di Stato di Palermo Archivio di ...
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Free Italian Genealogy Consultations by Lo Schiavo Genealogica at NIAF’s 41st Anniversary Gala Weekend

Are you going to The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)’s 41st Anniversary Gala Weekend, to be held next month at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.? Want to learn more about Italian genealogy, dual citizenship, and ancestral tours? Come visit Lo Schiavo Genealogica in the Expo Italiana on Saturday, October 15, 2016 (Exhibition Hall C). Sig...
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Virtual Institute to Offer Italian Genealogy Course

The owner of Lo Schiavo Genealogica, Melanie D. Holtz, will be teaching an intermediate Italian genealogy course for the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research this October.  See the link below for more information. Italian Genealogical Evidence Practicum Come join us, as we are going to have a great time learning about researching our Italian ancestry! If you are una...
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