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My Qualifications, and how they help you in finding your Italian Genealogy

Why choose my services?  Here are some of the reasons why:

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 50,000 names!

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 work there.

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.)

Would you like some help finding your Italian Family Tree?

Go to my "Contact" page, or

Email: cugolini@italianfamilytree.com
Phone: (801)571-6485.
FAX (801) 523-9531.

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