Italian Americans, Social Lives, & Midwest Migrations

April 5th, 2018 by National Genealogical Society Blog Editor

TITLE: Researching Italian Americans in the Midwest

DATE & TIME: Friday, 04 May 2018, 11:00 a.m.

Hundreds of thousands of Italians immigrated to the Midwest in the 1800s and early 1900s. This presentation covers records and strategies for documenting their stories.

TITLE: Save the Last Dance for Me: Discovering the Social Lives of Our Ancestors


DATE & TIME: Friday, 04 May 2018, 2:30 p.m.

Let’s explore what our ancestors did for fun and the records associated with dances, parties, weddings, visiting family, fraternal organizations, lineage societies, churches, and more.

TITLE: Good Migrations in the Midwest


DATE & TIME: Saturday, 05 May 5th 2018, 12:15 p.m. (NGS Luncheon – Registration Required)

A light-hearted look at good (and bad) migrations in America’s Heartland. Where were our ancestors heading and why did they move around so much?

Mary M. Tedesco is professional genealogist, speaker, and author. She is best known as a Co-Host on the PBS television series “Genealogy Roadshow.” Mary is also the Founder of ORIGINS ITALY, a genealogical research company specializing Italian genealogy. 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 on her father’s side, she has deep American roots through her mother’s family. Mary is a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is the Second Vice Regent of the Paul Revere Chapter NSDAR. She is a member of a number of local and national genealogical societies and is on the Council of New England Historic Genealogical Society. Mary can be contacted at