Italian Genealogical Evidence Practicum Course

Sometimes an Italian “brick wall” can be resolved by understanding the history behind the records, the laws that affected them, and through careful evaluation of the evidence and information contained within the records. This course is meant for those who have some experience in Italian genealogy and wish to take their skills to the next level.

Students will work on two complicated case studies through which they will gain experience in researching complex problems, evaluating the evidence within the records, analyzing and correlating the information against other evidence, and putting the evidence into a written compilation. We will also learn how to take this information and create a “next steps” research plan. Students will have a reading assignment before class begins and will be required to evaluate the research problems and review the documents that will be presented. Class participation is an important part of this course and will enhance the educational process.

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 dual citizenship. Melanie maintains offices in both the U.S. and Italy.

She is the author of multiple articles on Italian genealogy and several Italian genealogy courses available through the National Institute for Genealogical Studies and FamilyTree University. Melanie will coordinate and teach an Italian course at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh in July 2016. You can visit her website at www.italyancestry.com and her blog, Finding Our Italian Roots, at http://italiangenealogyroots.blogspot.com.

Course Schedule (all times U.S. Eastern)

1 October 2016

  • 11:00 a.m.: Case Study 1: The Research Problem, The Evidence, The Documents
  • 1:00 p.m.: Case Study 2: The Research Problem, The Evidence, The Documents

8 October 2016

  • 11:00 a.m.: Case Study 1: Arranging the evidence into a written summary, Evaluating the sum of the evidence, and Preparing a “next steps” research plan
  • 1:00 p.m.: Case Study 2: Arranging the evidence into a written summary, Evaluating the sum of the evidence, and Preparing a “next steps” research plan

Plus session, 13 October 2016, 8:00pm:

Each student will propose a research problem they’ve encountered within their own Italian research. The course instructor will then choose two of these problems and the class will work together to determine the best approach to solving these problems.