Sunday, June 04, 2006

Spotlight on Speaker Marcia Iannizze Melnyk

In New England genealogical circles, Marcia Melnyk is a popular and well-known lecturer. She teaches beginning and advanced genealogy classes. She is also the author of The Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research (Fourth Edition) (NEHGS, 1999), The Weekend Genealogist: Timesaving Techniques for Effective Research(Family Tree Books, 2000), The Genealogist's Question and Answer Book(Family Tree Books, 2002) and Family History 101(Family Tree Books, 2005).

Read More on Marcia and her lecture

In addition, Melnyk is a founding member of the Italian Genealogical Society of America. At FGS Boston you can hear her talk about Italian research. It's a topic she knows well. She visited Italy, reconnected with family and had fun in the archives. Here's what she had to say about her lecture.

Italian Genealogical Research

Researching your Italian ancestors can be a challenging but very rewarding venture. You must learn everything you can about the family on this side of the Atlantic before you can "jump the pond" and research in the Italian records. This lecture covers a brief history of the Italian Civil and Church Records as well as the unique records available to today's researchers. Once you get into the Italian records you will be amazed at the completeness of the information provided on a simple civil record. We will also discuss the handwriting, format, and nuances to these records. Many examples and tips will be provided to help you successfully accumulate your Famiglia di Italia!


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