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 Under­stand­ing the Process of Con­ser­va­tion”

Many “miss­ing” civ­il records can be found with knowl­edge of: 1) what records were cre­at­ed; 2) where the records can be found now; and 3) an under­stand­ing of how to evolve your research plan depend­ing on what record sets you’ve already researched with neg­a­tive results.

Sta­to d’Anime/Status Ani­marum [State of the Souls] Records: Dis­sect­ing These Valu­able Records”

In cer­tain areas of Italy, the Catholic Church cre­at­ed eccle­si­as­ti­cal cen­sus­es for the pur­pose of tax­a­tion and the record­ing of their citizen’s sacra­ments and vital events. These records can eas­i­ly reveal sev­er­al gen­er­a­tions of a fam­i­ly and are espe­cial­ly valu­able in those areas of Italy where the major­i­ty of civ­il reg­is­tra­tion begins after Ital­ian Uni­fi­ca­tion. Stu­dents will learn the his­to­ry and process behind these records, which is impor­tant to under­stand­ing what the records reveal.

The Proi­et­ti: Research­ing an Aban­doned Child”

This lec­ture focus­es on a very com­mon prob­lem with­in Ital­ian genealog­i­cal research, when your research encoun­ters an ances­tor who was aban­doned. Does this mean an end to the fam­i­ly line? What records might reveal the sit­u­a­tion around the aban­don­ment? Have you exhaust­ed all resources that might pro­vide infor­ma­tion on this ances­tor, direct­ly or indi­rect­ly? We will dis­cuss the reli­gious, social and polit­i­cal poli­cies that affect­ed the lives of these ances­tors so dra­mat­i­cal­ly.

The Riveli​ ​– Cen­sus or Mano­r­i­al Records, or Both?”

In the region of Sicil­ia, the Catholic Church cre­at­ed a type of cen­sus for the pur­pose of tax­a­tion between the 16th and ear­ly 19th cen­turies. These records are some­times referred to as mano­r­i­al records and can be a valu­able resource for Sicil­ian ances­tors who lived before 1820, the start of civ­il reg­is­tra­tion in this area of Italy. We will learn about the his­to­ry of these records, how and where to find them, and eval­u­ate sev­er­al records for genealog­i­cal clues.

The Evolv­ing Iden­ti­ty of Mat­teo Catanese – a Case Study”

Mat­teo Catanese used no less than six dif­fer­ent names in the records he cre­at­ed dur­ing his life. This ances­tor will be tracked from his birth in the moun­tains of Sicil­ia to his death in Penn­syl­va­nia, dis­play­ing research method­olo­gies, as each piece of evi­dence is uncov­ered. The dis­cus­sion will include how research­ing in the records of this ancestor’s “FAN [Friends, Asso­ciates, Neigh­bors] Club” revealed key infor­ma­tion that led to a sol­id genealog­i­cal con­clu­sion.

Adding Cul­tur­al Con­text to Your Ital­ian Fam­i­ly His­to­ry”

Do you want to write a fam­i­ly his­to­ry on your ances­tors that will last for gen­er­a­tions? Learn how to find key resources on Ital­ian cul­tur­al con­text that will add inter­est­ing details to your fam­i­ly his­to­ry.

From Venezia to Can­ta­nia: the Basics of Ital­ian Research”

This lec­ture is for the begin­ner in Ital­ian genealog­i­cal research. It cov­ers the intri­ca­cies of Ital­ian 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 an ancestor’s move­ments around the coun­try or around the 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]. The lec­ture is intend­ed for the inter­me­di­ate researcher in Ital­ian geneal­o­gy.