Mary Tedesco 2MARY M. TEDESCO is a professional genealogist, speaker, and author. She is a Host / Genealogist on the PBS TV series “Genealogy Roadshow” (season 2 & season 3) as well as the Founder of ORIGINS ITALY. Mary speaks fluent Italian and travels often to Italy to conduct client genealogical research and visit family. Mary is the co-author of “Tracing Your Italian Ancestors” an 84-page Italian research guide published by Moorshead Magazines. She 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 (Calabria, Trentino-Alto Adige, and Tuscany) on her father’s side, she also has deep American roots (German, Irish, Danish & English) on her mother’s side and is a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mary is a member of a number of local and national genealogical societies. Click here to contact Mary.


BA, Mathematics. Boston University.
Certificate in Genealogical Research. Boston University’s Center for Professional Education. 2011.


Host / Genealogist. “Genealogy Roadshow” Season 2 on PBS.


Co-Author. “Tracing Your Italian Ancestors” published by Moorshead Magazines. 2015.


B2 Advanced 2 Italian Language Course (one month). Scuola Dante Alighieri, Siena, Italy.
February, 2013.
Studied Abroad (Summer) in Rome, Italy. State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Various Italian Language Courses. Boston University.


January, 2015 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Advanced Genealogical Methods. Salt Lake City, UT.
January, 2014 Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference. Salt Lake City, UT.
January, 2014 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Course 1: American Research and Records: Focus on Families. Salt Lake City, UT.
August, 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies 2013 Conference. Fort Wayne, IN.
August, 2013 IAGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy 2013. Boston, MA.
July, 2013 Massachusetts Genealogical Council 2013 Annual Seminar. Worcester,
May, 2013 National Genealogical Society 2013 Family History Conference. Las Vegas, NV.
April, 2013 New England Regional Genealogical Consortium 2013 Conference. Manchester, NH.
July, 2012 (Speaker and Emcee) Massachusetts Genealogical Council 2012 Annual Seminar. Waltham, MA.
May, 2012 National Genealogical Society 2012 Family History Conference. Cincinnati, OH.
September, 2011 Family Research Day at the Lynnfield Family History Center. Lynnfield, MA.
April, 2011 New England Regional Genealogical Consortium 2012 Conference. Springfield, MA.


Association of Professional Genealogists. Member.
New England Historic Genealogical Society. Member.
National Genealogical Society. Member.
Italian Genealogical Society of America. Member.
The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA). Member.
Maine Historical Society. Member.
Massachusetts Genealogical Council. Member.
Daughters of the American Revolution. Member.

Photo credit: Pat Garin. Used with permission from PBS.