Italian Family History Day

$ 125.00

Saturday, May 20, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts
41 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Featuring keynote speaker, Mary Tedesco, co-host of Genealogy Roadshow

Knowing our ancestors is essential to knowing ourselves. As Italian-Americans, we each inherit a rich personal family history. Genealogical research helps us reclaim and honor that proud legacy. Explore your Italian heritage with the experts at NEHGS! Master how to use Italian resources and records on both sides of the Atlantic, learn how to apply for Italian dual citizenship, and gain the tools needed to plan your research trip to Italy. Whether you are just beginning your Italian family history discovery or have been researching for years, you won’t want to miss this seminar. Attend lectures, chat with our genealogists, enter to win door prizes, view rare books from our collection, learn more about the Catholic record digitization project, and meet fellow family historians. Let's find our ancestors; let’s explore our Italian family roots!


9:00 AM Registration check-in
9:30 AM Welcome and introduction, NEHGS representative
9:45 AM Keynote address Why Do Our Italian Roots Matter?, Mary Tedesco
10:30 AM Lecture: Getting Started: Researching Your Italian-American Ancestors in American Records, Rhonda R. McClure
11:30 AM Lecture: Working in Italian Records, Rhonda R. McClure
12:30 PM Lunch, included with registration (provided by Spinelli's of East Boston)
12:45 PM Lecture: Applying for Italian Dual Citizenship, Jeanne Belmonte
1:30 PM Lecture: Researching Online and Onsite in Italian Repositories, Rhonda R. McClure
2:30 Door prize winners announced
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM One-on-one genealogical consultations (scheduled separately)*, NEHGS Rare Book Display, Historic Digitization Catholic Record Project 
4:00 PM Conclude


Need one-on-one help with your Italian family history research? Register for a 15-minute session with an expert! Our genealogists can help review your work and conclusions, suggest records and techniques for breaking down genealogical brick walls, or even decipher tricky handwriting. Consultations are available at 2:45, 3:05, 3:25, and 3:45; cost: $25. To register, please contact 617-226-1226.

About the Presenters

Mary Tedesco is a professional genealogist, speaker, and author. She is a Co-Host / Genealogist on the PBS television series Genealogy Roadshow and the Founder of ORIGINS ITALY, a genealogical research company specializing in Italian and Italian-American genealogy. Mary speaks fluent Italian and travels to Italy to conduct client genealogical research and visit family. She is the co-author of Tracing Your Italian Ancestors, an 84-page Italian research guide published by Moorshead Magazines. Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Boston University and a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University’s Center for Professional Education. In addition to her Italian ancestry on her father’s side (Calabria, Trentino-Alto Adige, and Tuscany), she also has deep American roots on her mother’s side (German, Irish, Danish & English). Mary is a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is the Second Vice Regent of the Paul Revere Chapter, NSDAR. She is a Councilor of New England Historic Genealogical Society and a member of a number of local and national genealogical societies. Mary can be contacted at

Rhonda R. McClure, Senior Genealogist, is a nationally recognized professional genealogist and lecturer specializing in New England and celebrity research as well as computerized genealogy; is compiler of more than 120 celebrity family trees; has been a contributing editor for Heritage Quest Magazine, Biography magazine and was a contributor to The History Channel Magazine and American History Magazine. In addition to numerous articles, she is the author of ten books, including the award-winning The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Genealogy, now in its second edition, Finding Your Famous and Infamous Ancestors, and Digitizing Your Family History. Her areas of expertise include immigration and naturalization, late 19th and early 20th century urban research, New England, Mid-West, Southern, German, Italian, Scottish, Irish, French Canadian, and New Brunswick research as well as Internet research, genealogical software (FTM, RootsMagic, TMG, Reunion), and digital peripherals for both Mac and Windows machines.

Jeanne Belmonte, Genealogist, assists NEHGS library visitors, both on-site and online, with their family history research. Prior to joining the staff, she served as a volunteer in the library and also contributed to an NEHGS book publication project. Jeanne is an expert in Italian genealogy and is also interested in studying British, Canadian, German, Irish, and medieval genealogy.