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 History and Culture

For the last few years, Google Books has been digitizing thousands of books contained in Italian libraries. Through this resource one can often find older, out-of-copyright, and genealogically useful books. I am going to highlight a few of these manuscripts which can be used as a means of educating oneself about the history and culture of our ancestors. Additionally, it can ...
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Evaluating the Evidence in an Italian Record

Now let's take a look at the decree of Giuseppe Fedele Covi, and discuss the evidentiary value of the different pieces of information the document contains. I've set my comments apart from the text of the document below by placing them in red. "Decree number: 3508 Year: 1853 The Illustrious Magistrate The undersigned, Giuseppe Fedele Covi, who resides in this city, ...
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Adding Cultural Context To Your Family History

The excerpt below was taken from a family history we wrote for a Sicilian family. It serves as a good example of how adding cultural context to your family history can make it more interesting and enable you to understand these ancestors within their historical time and place. “The leitmotif of Sicily’s modern history has been an endless quest for liberty and autonomy.”  Its...
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