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 com­pli­cat­ed case stud­ies through which they will gain expe­ri­ence in research­ing com­plex prob­lems, eval­u­at­ing the evi­dence with­in the records, ana­lyz­ing and cor­re­lat­ing the infor­ma­tion against oth­er evi­dence, and putting the evi­dence into a writ­ten com­pi­la­tion. We will also learn how to take this infor­ma­tion and cre­ate a “next steps” research plan. Stu­dents will have a read­ing assign­ment before class begins and will be required to eval­u­ate the research prob­lems and review the doc­u­ments that will be pre­sent­ed. Class par­tic­i­pa­tion is an impor­tant part of this course and will enhance the edu­ca­tion­al process.

Melanie D. Holtz, CG, is a Board-cer­ti­fied geneal­o­gist, writer, and lec­tur­er, She oper­ates an inter­na­tion­al research firm that spe­cial­izes in Ital­ian genealog­i­cal research and dual cit­i­zen­ship. Melanie main­tains offices in both the U.S. and Italy.

She is the author of mul­ti­ple arti­cles on Ital­ian geneal­o­gy and sev­er­al Ital­ian geneal­o­gy cours­es avail­able through the Nation­al Insti­tute for Genealog­i­cal Stud­ies and Fam­i­lyTree Uni­ver­si­ty. Melanie will coor­di­nate and teach an Ital­ian course at the Genealog­i­cal Research Insti­tute of Pitts­burgh in July 2016. You can vis­it her web­site at www.italyancestry.com and her blog, Find­ing Our Ital­ian Roots, at http://italiangenealogyroots.blogspot.com.

Course Sched­ule (all times U.S. East­ern)

1 Octo­ber 2016

  • 11:00 a.m.: Case Study 1: The Research Prob­lem, The Evi­dence, The Doc­u­ments
  • 1:00 p.m.: Case Study 2: The Research Prob­lem, The Evi­dence, The Doc­u­ments

8 Octo­ber 2016

  • 11:00 a.m.: Case Study 1: Arrang­ing the evi­dence into a writ­ten sum­ma­ry, Eval­u­at­ing the sum of the evi­dence, and Prepar­ing a “next steps” research plan
  • 1:00 p.m.: Case Study 2: Arrang­ing the evi­dence into a writ­ten sum­ma­ry, Eval­u­at­ing the sum of the evi­dence, and Prepar­ing a “next steps” research plan

Plus ses­sion, 13 Octo­ber 2016, 8:00pm:

Each stu­dent will pro­pose a research prob­lem they’ve encoun­tered with­in their own Ital­ian research. The course instruc­tor will then choose two of these prob­lems and the class will work togeth­er to deter­mine the best approach to solv­ing these prob­lems.