Why Hire Us

Why Should You Hire Lo Schi­a­vo Genealog­i­ca?

We work to the high­est genealog­i­cal stan­dards and are con­stant­ly study­ing and expand­ing our knowl­edge through a vari­ety of edu­ca­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ties.  While at times clients sim­ply want us to find a doc­u­ment in an Ital­ian archive, we go above and beyond sim­ple doc­u­ment retrieval in the qual­i­ty of our trans­la­tion and analy­sis of each doc­u­ment. We think stan­dards and edu­ca­tion in the field are impor­tant. Because of this belief, a client is afford­ed pro­tec­tions and recours­es, if our work was not up to pro­fes­sion­al stan­dards.

The own­er, Melanie D. Holtz, CG, is board-cer­ti­fied by the Board for Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of Geneal­o­gists. Every five years, a port­fo­lio of work must be sub­mit­ted in order to remain cer­ti­fied.  This port­fo­lio is judged by lead­ers in the field of geneal­o­gy and must show pro­gres­sion in the appli­can­t’s knowl­edge of the field and spe­cial­ty she works in.  Melanie also belongs to the Asso­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sion­al Geneal­o­gists where she for­mer­ly served on the Board of Direc­tors and the Pro­fes­sion­al Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee.



We go above and beyond in the work we do.  With offices in both Italy and the Unit­ed States, we can offer research any­where in main­land Italy, Sicil­ia, Sar­dinia, the Repub­lic of San Mari­no, or any pre­vi­ous­ly Ital­ian parts of the world. Our firm did exten­sive research in Cor­si­ca, France, an area once ruled by the Genoese.

Our team is the most expe­ri­enced in the busi­ness. We are the firm that oth­er geneal­o­gy research firms, dual cit­i­zen­ship com­pa­nies, pro­fes­sion­al geneal­o­gists, and mil­i­tary and gov­ern­men­tal agen­cies come to for qual­i­ty Ital­ian research. We are well known as being able to find Ital­ian records that oth­er firms can­not locate.

We work at a fair hourly rate plus expens­es, except for spe­cif­ic Ital­ian doc­u­ment requests which have a set rate.  We feel work­ing at an hourly rate is a trans­par­ent way to work and there­fore fair­er to our clients.  We can work with­in any bud­get and will be hon­est if your bud­get does not appear to allow enough time for the request­ed work.

We do this work full-time which means that we can give your project the detailed atten­tion it deserves!  The own­er gives per­son­al atten­tion to each project and guides the research in the appro­pri­ate direc­tions. This is where Melanie’s edu­ca­tion and board-cer­ti­fi­ca­tion comes into play. She has the knowl­edge to clear­ly define an ini­tial research plan, evolve the plan as the research pro­gress­es, and make sure that our clients are pro­vid­ed with a qual­i­ty research prod­uct.

We think our work speaks for itself. We believe that under­stand­ing the his­to­ry behind the records and pro­vid­ing any cul­tur­al con­text nec­es­sary to under­stand the records is an impor­tant part of tru­ly under­stand­ing your Ital­ian ances­tors. All of this and more can be found with­in our research reports.