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.