On Saturday I attended an excellent lecture by Mary Tedesco at the monthly meeting of the Essex Society of Genealogists in Lynnfield. The title of Mary’s presentation was "Immigrant Origins: Locating Your Ancestral Town." Mary gave a thorough explanation on researching an immigrant ancestor by conducting a reasonably exhaustive search for genealogical records using a combination of original and derivative sources. It is vital to conduct thorough research from all potential sources in the destination country in order to locate an ancestor’s home town in the country of origin. It is the prerequisite for conducting successful research in foreign genealogical records.
Mary Tedesco is the founder and lead researcher of Origins Italy, a firm specializing in Italian genealogical research. She presents frequently at local genealogical meetings and will present a lecture entitled "Adventures in Italian Genealogy" at the Massachusetts Genealogical Council seminar on July 26 in Mansfield, Massachusetts. Mary is a colleague through the Boston University Genealogy program, and I have recently hired her to conduct research in Italian records. For additional information about Mary please visit her website at http://www.originsitaly.com and my blog post, Italian Onsite Research Demystified.
The Essex Society of Genealogists meets on the third Saturday of each month at the Centre Congregational Church in Lynnfield Center. For additional information on the Essex Society of Genealogists please visit their website at http://www.esog.org.
This post is the first in a continuing series of posts on methodologies for researching an immigrant ancestor, labeled Immigrant Research Methodologies.