The Family Tree Genealogy Guide – Episode 4

Understanding Italian history when it comes to doing Italian ancestry research – Part 2

Lo Schiavo Genealogica, LLC can provide professional genealogical research services onsite anywhere in mainland Italy, Sicilia, or Sardinia. There are many Italian archives that are not accessible from a distance, especially if you want to research your ancestors before 1800. In order to accurately estimate time and expenses, we will need a detailed summary of your previous research and what your research goals are so we can provide the best service possible.

Our owner of Lo Schiavo Genealogica, Melanie D. Holtz, is a professional genealogist with 20+ years of experience 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.

Each month, Dennise and Melanie will talk about content found in the book to help you on your journey of researching your Italian family tree! 

On Episode 4: Understanding Italian history when it comes to doing Italian ancestry research.


  • Learn the administrative districts used by Italy during the time your ancestors lived there.

  • Determine what archives hold records of your ancestors.

  • Consult geographical resources like maps and gazetteers to determine where your ancestor’s town was located.

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The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree in Italy is a complete and reference guide to support you on your journey of researching your Italian family history. Want to learn how to research your Italian ancestors? Want to learn about the history of your ancestors, find out where they were born, and explore where they came from? Do you want to learn how to find the Italian documents you need for your citizenship application? All can be found in this book and more!


General overview of Italian history – part 2



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