Italian Genealogy


Ital­ian Amer­i­cans and those of Ital­ian descent around the world have a unique and rich her­itage. Now sev­er­al gen­er­a­tions past their immi­grat­ing ances­tors, more and more Ital­ian descen­dants want to learn about their ances­tors’ lives and the fam­i­lies they left behind. Amongst this group are many who are seek­ing to reclaim the Ital­ian cit­i­zen­ship of their ances­tors. As researchers in Ital­ian geneal­o­gy, we’ve found great sat­is­fac­tion in reunit­ing descen­dants with the her­itage and cul­ture of their ances­tors. Ital­ians have played an inte­gral part in all aspects of life here in the Unit­ed States and around the world.

The own­er of Lo Schi­a­vo Genealog­i­ca, Melanie D. Holtz, CG, is a board-cer­ti­fied geneal­o­gist who spe­cial­izes in Ital­ian research and cit­i­zen­ship via jure san­gui­nis. As an Ital­ian-Amer­i­can, she brings her love of fam­i­ly and her Ital­ian ances­try to every research project. She under­stands what it means to find your ances­tors and recon­nect with lost parts of your his­to­ry. This is why she chose to name her busi­ness after her immi­grat­ing ances­tor, Anto­nio Lo Schi­a­vo.

As a board-cer­ti­fied geneal­o­gist, she is one of only a few active pro­fes­sion­al geneal­o­gists world­wide that became board-cer­ti­fied using Ital­ian research as their work sam­ples. To under­stand the val­ue in hir­ing a board-cer­ti­fied geneal­o­gist please see the web­site of the Board for Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of Geneal­o­gists.

Melanie Holtz is the author of “The Fam­i­ly Tree Ital­ian Geneal­o­gy Guide: How to Trace Your Fam­i­ly Tree in Italy,”  which can be pur­chased through this web­site.

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What do you need to begin?

In order to accu­rate­ly esti­mate time and expens­es, we will need a detailed sum­ma­ry of your pre­vi­ous research and what your research goals are. For exam­ple, are you look­ing to find out who your great-grand­par­ents were or would you like to trace your fam­i­ly back as far as records will allow? Would you like a spe­cif­ic record for use towards your dual cit­i­zen­ship appli­ca­tion or want us to pre­pare your cit­i­zen­ship appli­ca­tion?