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Anyone who tries to tell me that genealogy isn’t cool gets referred to the 1969 James Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, staring George Lazenby. In the film, James Bond goes undercover as a genealogist to research a lineage question surrounding a Bond villain’s claims to a noble title. There are a number of things James Bond, the genealogist, does right and at least one thing that’s definitely wrong. Here are a few examples of Bond’s excellent genealogical handiwork: Bond discusses conducting what…

ORIGINS ITALY Founder Mary M. Tedesco was interviewed by Lisa Louise Cooke (Genealogy Gems) at RootsTech 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT. Mary and Lisa chat about season 2 of “Genealogy Roadshow” (PBS), the RootsTech Conference, Italian genealogy, and the recent publication “Tracing Your Italian Ancestors” (authored by Mary M. Tedesco & Marcia Iannizzi Melnyk). Watch Mary Tedesco’s interview on YouTube. Special thanks to Lisa Louise Cooke! Please check out Lisa’s website & Genealogy Gems Podcast as well as her YouTube channel…

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ORIGINS ITALY Founder Mary M. Tedesco was interviewed on 30 March 2015 by Bernice Bennett on BlogTalkRadio about “Problem Solving in Genealogical Research.” If you have brick walls in your genealogy research, you’ll want to listen to this podcast. Mary and Bernice also discuss season 2 of the PBS TV Series “Genealogy Roadshow.” Special thanks to Bernice Bennett and BlogTalkRadio! Check out this podcast on the Bernice Bennett’s BlogTalkRadio page. Please sign up for the ORIGINS ITALY mailing list:

ORIGINS ITALY Founder Mary M. Tedesco was interviewed by Ancestry.com’s Juliana Szucs at the RootsTech 2015 Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. Mary and Juliana discuss Mary’s genealogical beginnings and how to apply to be on the PBS TV series “Genealogy Roadshow.” Special thanks to Juliana & Ancestry.com! Watch this interview on YouTube. DISCLAIMER: Ancestry.com was a funder of season 2 of “Genealogy Roadshow” on PBS. Mary M. Tedesco is not affiliated with Ancestry.com. This post is not an endorsement of Ancestry.com, its products…

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A previous post discussed the first steps in tracing your Italian roots (click here to read the post). Some of the strategies included consulting home sources and interviewing older relatives for information about your Italian origins.  Sometimes, however, knowledge of a family’s ancestral town is not known by the older generation or discoverable in family sources. This is when it is necessary to introduce some good old-fashioned genealogy research into the mix. Some may find this research more challenging than…

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