Schedule of Fees

Hourly Fee — $90.00

The hourly fee includes prepa­ra­tion of a research plan, actu­al time research­ing, as well as time for the prepa­ra­tion of a research report. Expens­es may apply, depend­ing on your project. Includ­ed in all research reports is a descrip­tion of the research per­formed, a detailed analy­sis, a cal­en­dar of records searched, and source-cit­ed copies of any rel­e­vant doc­u­ments.


For projects that are esti­mat­ed to be under 10 hours, pre­pay­ment in full is nec­es­sary.  For projects that are esti­mat­ed to be over 10 hours, a $900.00 retain­er is required and will cov­er the first 10 hours of research time.

Doc­u­ment Requests from Ital­ian Archives

$125 — one doc­u­ment request

$200 — two doc­u­ments request­ed from the same office

Requests to mul­ti­ple offices or for more than two doc­u­ments request­ed from the same office — a quote will be giv­en depend­ing on the specifics of the project.  Some civ­il record offices or provin­cial archives charge per fam­i­ly mem­ber when prepar­ing a State of the Fam­i­ly Cer­tifi­cate. These fees are includ­ed with­in our doc­u­ment fee, up to a max­i­mum of $50.00 in expens­es.

We are very expe­ri­enced in acquir­ing doc­u­ments that oth­er genealog­i­cal providers are unable to find. We often receive requests to find­ing miss­ing doc­u­ments that oth­er Ital­ian dual cit­i­zen­ship, Ital­ian research firms, or pro­fes­sion­al geneal­o­gists were unable to find.  Research to find out why a record has not been found in your Ital­ian town of ori­gin, or to find where your ances­tors orig­i­nat­ed, will be charged at the hourly rate list­ed above.

Occa­sion­al­ly, an office in Italy sim­ply refus­es to pro­vide the request­ed doc­u­ment, despite our best efforts.  This is the excep­tion, rather than the rule.  The doc­u­ment request fee would still apply because the work was still per­formed.  We have a 99% suc­cess rate and will make every effort pos­si­ble [through every repos­i­to­ry the record may be held in] in order to acquire the nec­es­sary doc­u­ment.

Ital­ian Dual Cit­i­zen­ship Ser­vices

Apply­ing at a Con­sulate — $90 per hour to pro­vide guid­ance and/or help you pre­pare your dual cit­i­zen­ship appli­ca­tion. Doc­u­ment and apos­tille fees are the respon­si­bil­i­ty of the client.  

Apply­ing in Italy at a Town Hall — $4,500 flat fee, all inclu­sive. Lo Schi­a­vo Genealog­i­ca works with Bel­la Italia Geneal­o­gy to pro­vide this expe­dit­ed way to regain your Ital­ian cit­i­zen­ship!

Please see the tab titled Dual Cit­i­zen­ship for more detailed infor­ma­tion.

Mail­ing of Cer­ti­fied Doc­u­ments Out­side the U.S.

Mail­ing of cer­ti­fied Ital­ian doc­u­ments to a coun­try out­side of the U.S. can be very cost­ly.  The client would be respon­si­ble for the costs of mail­ing at the end of the project.  Cer­ti­fied doc­u­ments are sent in a man­ner which allows us to track the pack­age, in case it does not arrive.  This helps to assure that the doc­u­ment does not get lost.

Ital­ian Doc­u­ment Trans­la­tion Ser­vices

Trans­la­tions are charged at my hourly rate of $90 per hour.  We would be glad to pro­vide an esti­mate of time need­ed, if you for­ward dig­i­tal copies of the doc­u­ments need­ing trans­la­tion to

Most Ital­ian civ­il and parish records fol­low a gen­er­al for­mat and do not take long to trans­late.  Unless you request a word-for-word trans­la­tion, we pro­vide a trans­lat­ed abstrac­tion of all genealog­i­cal­ly per­ti­nent infor­ma­tion with­in the doc­u­ment.  For­mu­la word­ing is omit­ted to save the client time and mon­ey, unless nec­es­sary to under­stand the doc­u­ment in its cul­tur­al or his­tor­i­cal con­text.  If com­ments are need­ed to under­stand the con­tents of the doc­u­ments, these com­ments will fol­low the abstrac­tion.

Doc­u­ments for dual cit­i­zen­ship are trans­lat­ed word-for-word, as request­ed by Ital­ian con­sulates. If you would like to see an exam­ple of one of these trans­la­tions, please email us at the address above.

On-Site Research in Italy

Please email for a quote. Prices will vary depend­ing on the exten­sive­ness of the project and the trav­el expens­es involved.  Expens­es are kept afford­able for our clients because we main­tain an office in Italy and there­fore can access records any­where you need.

Pay­ment Meth­ods

Pay­ment is accept­ed via per­sonal check and Pay­Pal. Per­son­al checks need to be made out to Melanie D. Holtz.

If you are an inter­na­tional cus­tomer and/or wish to pay by cred­it card, you must pay using Pay­Pal.  Please con­tact us before using this option and an invoice will be emailed to you.