Melanie Holtz

Melanie D. Holtz, CG is a board-certified genealogist, writer, and lecturer. She operates an international research firm that specializes in Italian genealogical research and Italian-American dual citizenship. Melanie maintains offices in both Italy and the U.S.
She is a co-owner of the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research and the author of several Italian research courses available through the National Institute for Genealogical Studies or FamilyTree University. Melanie will coordinate and teach an Italian research course at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh in July 2016. You can visit her website at: and her blog, Finding Our Italian Roots, at
Saturday, 2 April 2016
Researching Italian Ancestors - Melanie D. Holtz, CG
9:00-10:00 a.m.
(S16) “Italian Civil Registration (Stato Civile) – Finding Errant Records by Understanding the Process of Conservation”.  Many “missing” civil records can be found with knowledge of 1) what records were created; 2) where the records can be found now; and 3) understanding how to evolve your research plan, depending on what record sets you’ve already researched with negative results. Several case studies will be discussed and will teach students about genealogical research methods and Italian resources.
10:30-11:30 a.m.
(S15) “Italian Civil Registration (Stato Civile): Going Beyond the Basics”. This lecture discusses some of the more advanced records within Italian civil registration: Allegati [birth, death, and marriage supplements/attachments], Cittadinanza [citizenship records] and Atti Diversi [Diverse Acts]. Students will learn how these records can help to fill in the details of an Italian families’ history as well as track them across Italy and around the world.
1:15-2:15 p.m.
(S12) “The Proietti: Researching an Abandoned Child in Italy”. This course will focus on a very common problem within Italian genealogical research, when your research encounters an ancestor who was an abandoned child. Does this mean an end to this family line? Attendees will be presented with a variety of case studies that display the circumstances that one might encounter in the records of these ancestors. This will enable them to understand all aspects of researching abandoned ancestors, including the social and political policies that affected their lives so dramatically.
2:45-3:45 p.m.
(S11) “The Evolving Identity of Matteo Catanese: a case study”.  This lecture is focused around a case study of the Italian immigrant, Matteo Catanese. Matteo held  no  less  than four  different  names  throughout  the  course  of  his  life.  This ancestor  will  be  tracked  from  his  birth  in the  mountains  of  Sicily  to  his  death  in Pennsylvania.  The  discussion  will  include  how  researching  in  the  records  of  family members or collateral ancestors revealed key information about this ancestor.