Lecture Services

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.

If there is a sub­ject not cur­rent­ly cov­ered by pre­pared lec­tures, please email us. With enough lead time, we can pre­pare a lec­ture on a sub­ject of inter­est to your orga­ni­za­tion.

Avail­able Lec­tures

From Venezia to Can­ta­nia: the Basics of Ital­ian Research” — This lec­ture is for the begin­ner in Ital­ian genealog­i­cal research. It cov­ers the intri­ca­cies of civ­il reg­is­tra­tion and the basics of eccle­si­as­ti­cal records.

Under­stand­ing the Reg­istri di Popo­lazione, Sche­da, and Foglio di Sta­to Famiglia” - This lec­ture dis­cuss­es the his­to­ry behind these valu­able records and how they can be used to ver­i­fy vital infor­ma­tion and track a fam­i­lies’ move­ments around the coun­try or world. This lec­ture is intend­ed for the inter­me­di­ate researcher in Ital­ian geneal­o­gy.

Ital­ian Civ­il Records (State Civile): Going Beyond the Basics” — This lec­ture dis­cuss­es more advanced records with­in Italy’s civ­il reg­is­tra­tion. Alle­gati [birth, death, and mar­riage supplements/attachments], Cit­tad­i­nan­za [cit­i­zen­ship] records, and Atti Diver­si [diverse acts] are dis­cussed. This lec­ture is intend­ed for the inter­me­di­ate researcher in Ital­ian geneal­o­gy.

The Proi­et­ti: Research­ing an Aban­doned Child in Italy” — This lec­ture focus­es on a com­mon prob­lem in Ital­ian geneal­o­gy, when our research encoun­ters an aban­doned child. Does our research end there? What resources could be used to fur­ther the research? What social and polit­i­cal intri­ca­cies were in play in these sit­u­a­tions?

Ital­ian Civ­il Records: Find­ing Errant Records” - This lec­ture shows how to find miss­ing civ­il records through the dis­cus­sion of sev­er­al case stud­ies. Often, the key lies in know­ing how the records were orig­i­nal­ly cre­at­ed and where they are con­served now.

Sta­to D’Anime [State of the Souls]: Dis­sect­ing These Valu­able Records” — The sta­to d’anime records can be a huge help to your research, espe­cial­ly dur­ing those time peri­ods that pre­cede civ­il reg­is­tra­tion in Italy. Learn how to access these records, how and why they were cre­at­ed, and how to eval­u­ate the evi­dence they con­tain.