Research Services

sicilian-trinacriaJennifer’s Research Services

I have been doing genealogy research for more than fourteen years and what started as a hobby has become a passion and career! I mainly focus on families of Italian or Sicilian origin, but I do have experience in American records as well. I thoroughly enjoy doing research for other people and I get as excited about finding new information for others as I would about finding something new for my own family!

Jennifer & David PetrinoPeople contact me for many different reasons and the journey of the research is different for each of them. Some people just want to learn about their family. Some want to research back to Jesus if they can. 🙂 Some want to trace their families forward to the present day. Many are planning a trip to Italy or Sicily and want to visit their hometowns and meet long lost family members. Some are interested in obtaining dual citizenship. While there are a lot of resources available, not everyone has the time to search through them and some do not have a Family History Center near them where they can access microfilms. And those who do search through microfilms often find themselves discouraged because the documents can be difficult to decipher. No matter what your experience or research goals are, I offer two types of research to help you reach those goals.

Full Family Searches

If you are interested in finding out all there is to know about your family, this is the search for you. Whether your family’s research involves beginning with searching the Internet and US resources for the three basic starting needs or if it just requires microfilm viewing, for an hourly fee plus printing and film rental expenses, I will do all the work for you! Just sit back and watch your tree grow!

CONTACT ME for in depth details of what I provide, what I need to get started and the costs involved. References are available upon request.

Specific Document Searches

If you are interested in obtaining a few specific documents only, then this is the search for you. This is typically for microfilm research in the town of origin. If there is a specific document you need and you know the approximate date that the event occurred, the following fees for researching that document would apply:

  • First document: $50** each additional document from the same film $10
  • Hourly rate: $30
  • Film Rentals: $8 each

**The first document fee ($50) includes one film rental, 1.5 hours of search time, a photocopy of the original record, complete translation and a research report, and postage. If more than 1.5 hours of search time is necessary, this will be billed at $30/hour. If more than one film is necessary to locate the first document, the cost for film rentals is $8 each. If the document will come from a film that I already have on permanent loan my local FHC, there is a discount of $5.00 on the first document! In addition, if I find numerous documents on the same film, I do offer a discounted rate for the additional documents.

Please feel free to CONTACT ME if you are interested in any of my research services or if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

Because of the large number of people I have worked for, I currently have over 850 microfilms on indefinite loan at my local FHC for many different towns throughout Sicily and Italy. CLICK HERE to download a copy of this list. Please note that this may not be current because the list is added to daily.

Many people contact me because they are interested in applying for Dual Citizenship. There are some great web sites out there that can help you determine if you are eligible for Dual Citizenship. Type “Italian Dual Citizenship” in the search box below or click here to see helpful links for Dual Citizenship.

Read A Dual Citizenship Story that one of my clients wrote about his experience as he went through the process of achieving dual citizenship.

FHC Library Catalog

Family History Centers (FHC), run by the Mormon Church, have microfilms available for most towns in Italy and Sicily (not to mention most towns around the World!). Most towns will have civil registration films (births, marriages, deaths) available from about 1820-1865, with some towns having films from 1809 and up to 1910 or even more recent. Some towns even have church records that go back to the 1400’s (!!), census records and other interesting documents available on microfilm. These vital records are an invaluable resource because most years are indexed making them easy to research and they contain all sorts of treasures, sometimes including street addresses, godparents, occupations and signatures! Plus, among the pre-marriage documents of a bride and groom, you might gain 4 generations of information from birth and death certificates.

CLICK HERE to search the FHC Library Catalog to see if there are films available for your town.

If you need a document from a time period for which there is no microfilm available, you may want to contact Giovanni Montanti. He resides in Italy but speaks English and assists American researchers by locating those hard-to-find documents! He is FAST, efficient, and affordable. You can contact him at his web site