Since so many of you want to reconnect with your Italian roots, I decided to bring in an expert on the topic.
Mary Tedesco is a professional Italian genealogist who spends all of her time researching her own Italian family ancestry and helps other do the same through tours, research, and helping them get dual citizenship.
She is truly passionate about Italy, its history and its people, and it was such a treat to hear about her stories helping people reconnect with the places in Italy that mean the most to them.
So if you’re interested in tracing your Italian ancestry back, take 25 minutes to listen to this amazing interview with Mary Tedesco of Origins Italy.
— What it really means to research your Italian ancestry
— What you can do to get started with exploring your Italian ancestry
— How Mary got started researching Italian genealogy
— How you can get dual-citizenship in Italy
— How she became fluent in Italian and how she maintains it while living in Massachusetts
— Three of her favorite words and proverbs
Retraction: Turin was the first capital of Italy after Unification from 1861 to 1865, followed by Florence from 1865 to 1871, and finally Rome from 1871 to present.
My favorite resources from Origins Italy
Resources Mary Mentioned
— Hoha hola – Coca-Cola (Tuscan dialect)
— Frizzante – sparkling, fizzy (for water)
— Quando il gatto non c’è, i topi ballano. – When the cat is away, the mice they dance!
— È meglio di parliamo in Italiano adesso! – It’s better for us to speak in Italian now!
— Dialect of Maida, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
Get to know Mary
— Site: http://www.originsitaly.com
— Twitter: @OriginsItaly
— Facebook: Origins Italy
— Instagram: OriginsItaly
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