Our Team

Our professionals are some of the most experienced in the business. Many other genealogy research firms, dual citizenship companies, professional genealogists, and military and governmental agencies contact us for high quality research work. We have a reputation of being the firm that is able to find Italian records that other firms cannot locate.

Outstanding service, great teamwork, and excellent care throughout the process!
Joan Amatuzio - Former Client

Schedule your free discovery call today and speak with our owner to find out how Lo Schiavo Genealogica can work with you on your Italian genealogy research or help you secure your Italian dual citizenship.


Melanie is the owner and principal researcher of Lo Schiavo Genealogica, LLC. She is an experienced professional genealogist specializing in Italian genealogy and reclaiming Italian citizenship via jure sanguinis.

Melanie has more than 20 years experience in Italian genealogical research and Italian dual citizenship. She lectures on Italian research, Italian dual citizenship, professional development, and genealogical standards. She’s prepared courses and articles on Italian research for Family Tree University, the National Institute of Genealogical Research, Family Tree Magazine, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and a variety of other organizations.

In 2017,  she published “The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree in Italy.” You can purchase it on our PUBLICATIONS page

As a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), Melanie abides by the Code of Ethics set forth by that organization. She served on the APG Board of Directors in 2010 and in 2013-2014 and is a former member of the Professional Development Committee (PDC).

COREY OIESEN (Citizenship Team Leader)

Corey is a professional genealogist with experience in Italian, French, U.S., and Canadian research. She earned an M.B.A. in international business from Georgia State University and a B.A. in international studies/French from Virginia Tech University. Corey holds certificates in genealogical studies from Boston University and Monterey Peninsula College and has completed the Excelsior University practicum in genealogical research. She completed the ProGen Study Group, an 18-month intensive study of the book Professional Genealogy.

Corey has worked with Lo Schiavo Genealogica since 2013 and manages the firm’s dual citizenship program. She enjoys helping clients throughout the dual citizenship process, both through the consulates in the U.S. and onsite in Italy. She is passionate about resolving challenging issues with client documents. In her spare time, she runs an Italian language conversation group in her town. She is a former board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Interview with Corey Oiesen

CATHY GRANATINO GILL  (Citizenship Specialist)

Cathy Granatino Gill is a professional genealogist who specializes in Italian, Irish, Virginia, the US South, and DNA research. Cathy received her BA in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley and her JD from George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. She also holds a Certificate from the ProGen Study group, an intensive 18-month course in professional genealogy.

As an attorney, she has worked extensively in the international arena as an Immigration Lawyer and as an International Consultant in Case Management. In her capacity as an Immigration Lawyer, Cathy processed applicants for US Citizenship and Asylum/Refugee Status in Consulates and Embassies throughout the world, as well as in the US Federal Immigration Courts.

Cathy has worked with Lo Schiavo Genealogica, LLC as a Dual Citizenship Specialist since 2016. She is a second-generation Italian American who is passionate about her Italian family and heritage.

Interview with Cathy Granatino Gill

RAFFAELLA GEROLA  (Citizenship Specialist)

Raffaella Gerola was born in Milano. After graduating from high school, she enrolled in the Silvio Pellico School for Interpreters and Translators and graduated with honors. Her more than 30 years experience and commitment in the field of translation and interpreting has led her to tackle first the electrotechnical sector and then her passions , namely art, archaeology, and modern history, both as a translator and a linguistic collaborator during various international conferences. For about six years, she has lived and worked in Parre, in the upper Seriana Valley (Bergamo province), an area that she and her family have enjoyed since she was a child.


MICHELE JEGLUM  (Italian Research Specialist)

Michele is a professional genealogist with experience in Italian, U.K., and U.S. research. She has conducted extensive research in northern Italy, especially in the Piemonte region. Her first interest in genealogy began as a school project, sparking a life-long passion. Michele is an educator, holding both a master’s degree in education and a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. She also completed ProGen, an intensive 18-month course in professional genealogy and actively continues her genealogical education through institutes, online classes, and webinars. 

MICHELE GIOVE  (Italian Research Specialist)

Michele joined the team in 2010 and has extensive experience in researching all types of Italian records. He manages our Italian office and handles the majority of the onsite research in Italy. Michele maintains a type of certification that allows him access to certain types of parish collections only available to professional scholars and those with this certification. This can be a valuable asset to our clients, as it often enables us to accomplish more for our clients then other research firms. Michele works exclusively with Lo Schiavo Genealogica, LLC and can communicate in several different languages.


Rossana Taddei has been living in an international environment since she was young, having lived for many years in different countries. She studied Italian and Spanish from the very first steps, with the English language arriving later. Rossana had the opportunity to live in the culture of each language, which has given her the required background to understand the way of thinking and idiosyncrasy of different cultures of the world. She completed her studies in Italy, where she currently resides.

Rossana has a Master of Arts studies, Italian studies degree, granted from the Università degli Studi di Genova; and a post degree Master I Level in Juridical Specialized Translations, granted by the same university. She continues to increase her skills in translations and teaching, in order to work more professionally.

She started working in the tourism field about 1994 and gradually became involved with translation work concerning sports, medical, culinary, legal and criminal subjects, becoming more and more interested in linguistics. Rossana started teaching about the same time and worked as a private tutor for children of all levels in humanistic courses. Later, she began teaching the Italian language as a Second Language, having taken academic courses to increase her knowledge of this specialty. Rossana Taddei has been working as a translator for Lo Schiavo Genealogica, LLC since 2017 and considers them to be an excellent and very well-organized team. She hopes to continue her work with Lo Schiavo for many years to come.

DENNISE M. KOWALCZYK (Digital Media Manager)

Dennise of CTD Creative Consulting manages all of our digital presence. She combines her years of experience in communications and workflow systems development to help us build a community and connect with the people we wish to serve. She is a huge fan of positive psychology and good ole hard work. The combination makes her a pragmatic optimist who is excited to help others make their digital mark in the world. She is a digital media navigator and believes in the importance of keeping the social in media.

PAOLO VENTURINI (Italian Research Specialist)

Paolo was born in Tarquinia, north of Rome, and now lives and works in Milano, Italia. After his receiving a degree in Classical Studies and an MOA in Electronic Engineering, Paolo worked in key international management positions for main Industrial Automation companies. In parallel, he developed an interest in genealogy and family history, collecting a large amount of facts, memories, pictures and documents around his family and other’s. He has helped many people building their family trees, identifying well over 8,000 ancestors and digging out more than 20,000 documents related to their family history which spans more than 10 generations. Paolo used some of this data for a few “investigative stories” he wrote on the most interesting characters he found in his quest.

Paolo has facilitated an international team of four in a two-year project to create the family tree of some interconnected families from Castiglione Messer Marino, in Abruzzo, starting from the year 1690. This has included copying a few hundred parish documents, “unravelling” the data, and building a GEDCOM database. He has utilized DNA techniques to resolve dubious family links including: DNA triangulation, clustering, Lazarus, tracking of mt-DNA and X-DNA. Paolo is fluent in Italian, English and French, and can translate documents from Latin.


Lo Schiavo Genealogica, LLC also uses subcontractors around the world to access some of the more unusual archives, help manage a client’s project expenses and enable research projects to move along more quickly. These researchers are chosen from lists of professional researchers maintained by such organizations as the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy.

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