I have spent thirteen years of my adult
life in northern and southern Italy. During that time our two daughters
were born in Milano . I read, write and speak Italian fluently,
and Italian is the language of choice in our home.
My husband, Valeriano, was born in Montalbo,
Piacenza, Italy. He studied at the Vatican until he was sixteen.
His mother is from the province of Milano, and his father is from the
province of Parma.
I was introduced to Italian genealogy
in the late 1980's when I organized about 2500 of my husband's ancestors
on Personal Ancestral File. My various files now contain over
Before moving to the United States in
1991, we spent countless hours searching the ecclesiastic and civil
records of the provinces of Parma, Piacenza, Milano and Varese, tracing
Valeriano's lines to the late 1500's. Still there were gaps in our research.
We had not been able to find my husband's great-grandmother while we
lived in Italy. Since we lived about 25 miles from the Family History
Library in Salt Lake City, I began to make trips there two or three
times a week, searching for this great-grandmother in the microfilmed
records. Occasionally, I would take a break from Italian research to
search for my own American and English ancestors. Finally, in 1993,
I found our great-grandmother and was able to trace her lines back to
the 1600's. While researching at the Family History Library and developing
my genealogical skllls, I became aware that there were few experts at
the Family History Library who could help with Italian genealogical
problems. There were only two or three people on the Accreditation List
for Italian research. At that time I decided to become accredited so
I could help those of Italian descent come to know their ancestors better.
I now have been an accredited genealogist
for over five years and I have helped scores of people to find their
ancestors in that time..
Academically, I have a Bachelors of Arts
in History from Brigham Young University and also did some graduate
My husband is currently finishing his
master's degree in Art History at BYU. He helps me with different research
questions and with his knowledge of Italian life. Helping him with his
Master's seminar papers has vastly improved my research skills. Together,
we make a good team My husband and I also do freelance Italian-English,
English-Italian translations for various companies. (Two genealogists/translators
for the price of one.) Our family are also partners in Italia
Elite, a business importing Tiche porcelain, beautiful Italian mosaics,
and wonderful Italian Balsamic Vinegar, direct from Italy.)