Italian research guide now available!

The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree in Italy by Melanie Holtz, one of the Virtual Institute’s co-owners and instructors, has just been published by Family Tree Books (publishers of Family Tree Magazine)!

According to the publisher’s description,

The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide features:

  • Basic information on starting your family history research, including how to trace your immigrant ancestor back to Italy
  • Strategies for uncovering genealogy records (including passenger lists, draft cards, and birth, marriage, and death records) from both the United States and Italy, with annotated sample records
  • Crash-course guides to Italian history, geography and names
  • Helpful Italian genealogical word lists
  • Sample letters for requesting records from Italian archives

Melanie D. Holtz, CG, is a full-time professional genealogist and owner of Lo Schiavo Genealogica, an international business that maintains offices in both the United States and Italy. She travels frequently to Italy, expanding her skills in genealogy, history, and language. In 2010, Melanie became a board-certified genealogist and has worked as a professional genealogist for fourteen years. Her love of travel and the Italian language played a large part in the vocation she chose.

Friends of the Virtual Institute can save 10% by using the code FTITALIAN at checkout (coupon code expires 31 December 2017).

Melanie also has two recorded courses available from the Virtual Institute:

She also has a very exciting lecture coming up as part of our Occasional Webinar Series:

“The Proietti: Researching an Abandoned Child in Italy” on Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 8:00pm (EDT)

This lecture focuses on a common problem within Italian genealogical research, when your research encounters an ancestor who was abandoned by their natural parents. Does this mean an end to the family line? What records might reveal the situation around the abandonment? Have you exhausted all resources that might provide information on this ancestor, directly or indirectly? Information on abandoned ancestors can be found in several different types of records, including civil, parish, and notarial records. We’ll learn about the social and political policies surrounding these ancestors, adoptions, the foster care system, and recognitions.

Email address for syllabus & recordings::