Our Team

MELANIE D. HOLTZ, CG  (Owner and COO)

Melanie is the owner and principal researcher of Lo Schiavo Genealogica. She is a board-certified professional genealogist specializing in Italian genealogy and reclaiming Italian citizenship via jure sanguinis.

Melanie has more than 20 years experience in Italian genealogical research and Italian dual citizenship. She lectures on Italian research, Italian dual citizenship, professional development, and genealogical standards. She’s prepared courses and articles on Italian research for Family Tree University, the National Institute of Genealogical Research, Family Tree Magazine, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and a variety of other organizations.

In 2017,  she published “The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree in Italy.” See our Products page if you wish to order this resource!

As a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), Melanie abides by the Code of Ethics set forth by that organization. She served on the APG Board of Directors in 2010 and in 2013-2014 and is a former member of the Professional Development Committee (PDC).

COREY OIESEN (Citizenship Team Leader)

Corey is a professional genealogist with experience in Italian, French, U.S., and Canadian research. She earned an M.B.A. in international business from Georgia State University and a B.A. in international studies/French from Virginia Tech University. Corey holds certificates in genealogical studies from Boston University and Monterey Peninsula College and has completed the Excelsior University practicum in genealogical research. She completed the ProGen Study Group, an 18-month intensive study of the book Professional Genealogy. She serves on the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Corey has worked with Lo Schiavo Genealogica since 2013 and manages the firm’s dual citizenship program. She enjoys helping clients throughout the dual citizenship process, both through the consulates in the U.S. and onsite in Italy. She is passionate about resolving challenging issues with client documents. In her spare time, she runs an Italian language conversation group in her town.

CATHY GRANATINO GILL  (Citizenship Specialist)

Cathy Granatino Gill is a professional genealogist who specializes in Italian, Irish, Virginia, the US South, and DNA research. Cathy received her BA in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley and her JD from George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. She also holds a Certificate from the ProGen Study group, an intensive 18-month course in professional genealogy.

As an attorney, she has worked extensively in the international arena as an Immigration Lawyer and as an International Consultant in Case Management. In her capacity as an Immigration Lawyer, Cathy processed applicants for US Citizenship and Asylum/Refugee Status in Consulates and Embassies throughout the world, as well as in the US Federal Immigration Courts.

Cathy has worked with Lo Schiavo Genealogica as a Dual Citizenship Specialist since 2016. She is a second-generation Italian American who is passionate about her Italian family and heritage.

RAFFAELLA GEROLA  (Citizenship Specialist)

Raffaella Gerola was born in Milano. After graduating from high school, she enrolled in the Silvio Pellico School for Interpreters and Translators and graduated with honors. Her more than 30 years experience and commitment in the field of translation and interpreting has led her to tackle first the electrotechnical sector and then her passions , namely art, archaeology, and modern history, both as a translator and a linguistic collaborator during various international conferences. For about six years, she has lived and worked in Parre, in the upper Seriana Valley (Bergamo province), an area that she and her family have enjoyed since she was a child.

RON VENEZIE  (Italian Research Team Leader)

As the son and grandson of immigrants, Ron has always been proud of his Italian heritage. A number of years ago, he began to trace his own family history back to his ancestral villages in Campania and Calabria. This ignited Ron’s passion for Italian genealogy, which he continues to enjoy as part of the team at Lo Schiavo Genealogica. Ron has completed numerous online genealogy courses and has earned a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University. He maintains membership in the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

MICHELE GIOVE  (Italian Research Specialist)

Michele joined the team in 2010 and has extensive experience in researching all types of Italian records. He manages our Italian office and handles the majority of the onsite research in Italy. Michele maintains a type of certification that allows him access to certain types of parish collections only available to professional scholars and those with this certification. This can be a valuable asset to our clients, as it often enables us to accomplish more for our clients then other research firms. Michele works exclusively with Lo Schiavo Genealogica and can communicate in several different languages.

 

USE OF CONTRACTORS

Lo Schiavo Genealogica also uses subcontractors around the world to access some of the more unusual archives, help manage a client’s project expenses and enable research projects to move along more quickly. These researchers are chosen from lists of professional researchers maintained by such organizations as the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy.