About Us

We offer full service professional genealogical research for people of Italian heritage or estate matters. With decades of experience, and an unmatched commitment to customer satisfaction, PCIR provides the best value in the industry. We’ve found tens of thousands of documents for clients. Many invest in fully-developed family trees delivered in book format, suitable for gifts or family reunions. These usually contain between 200 and 1,000 names each! Documentary evidence to support all names and dates is provided, with periodic updates as your tree grows.

Debora Hill, founder, is a professional genealogist, who collaborates with primary business partner, Massimo, of PCIR’s European office in Central Italy (since 1997). Together with a network of regional specialists in Italy, PCIR offers excellent service to people all over the world (see Testimonials). Our satisfied clients reside wherever Italian immigrants have gone — the USA, Canada, UK, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa …

Contact us for more details on how PCIR can help your next research project. Some research is also available for outside of Italy.  Debora has conducted research in person at town halls, state archives, and churches all over Sicily and Italy, Ireland, Wales, England, the Eastern USA, and Brazil.  Her own Italian ancestors  immigrated from Provinces Isernia and Caserta. She is a trained professional genealogist, archivist, and historian who has accumulated 40 years of experience working with historical documents from Italy, and has encountered the many types of problems that can arise in research. Genealogy has been a passion since1970’s. Debora thoroughly enjoys helping people find their ancestors.

Notable: PCIR has done behind the scenes work for a London TV show, “Genealogy of the Stars”, a show about ghosts, and research for the PBS TV show “Finding Your Roots”. We’ve completed a thorough family history for the director of the Italian American Museum in New York.  We’ve worked with movie directors and book authors because we’re real historians. We’ve gotten rare primary source materials out of Rome–secret police reports about Baroness Van Heemstra in the Fascist era!

We do legal heir searches for law firms all the time!  We can also obtain Title Reports, survey maps and other documents for people seeking to transfer inherited property. We work with a certified property specialist in Italy.  We can help you with a wide range of problems–whether you want to find out if your ancestor left abandoned property that you may be entitled to inherit, get official records for dual citizenship, or research your lineage. Whatever your need -even planning a wedding or a customized trip to visit your ancestral village in Sicily. 


  • ALA Accredited M.S. Library Science/Archives, Drexel University, Phila. Pa.; Archives Concentration – Temple Univ
  • B.A. History (also Certified in International Studies), Rowan University – Glassboro, NJ
    Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. Studies included 4 years of formal coursework in methods of historical research, genealogy, family history, Italian language, cultural anthropology/archaeology and Mediterranean history. Senior thesis book, “300 Years of the Pallante Family.”
  • Additional Continuing Education Certificates in Genealogy and Forensic Science

Memberships/Associations (Past and Present):

  • Association of Professional Genealogists
  • Society of American Archivists
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Council
  • American Library Association; Special Collecctions
  • American Italian Heritage Association



ENDORSEMENT ON THE FOX NEWS WEBSITE ! February 21, 2013. Scroll down to the bottom of this page link underthe Genealogy heading: Look what was said ! “Italian Americans turn to the Pallante Center for Italian Research for genealogical research.” http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2013/02/21/8-trips-must-do-once/#ixzz2NTKPOawV

June 24, 2013 Pallante Center in the News ! An Italian-American publication “We the Italians” Interview-“Italiani d’America in cerca delle loro radici” by Umberto Mucci http://opinione.it/esteri/2013/06/22/mucci_esteri-22-06.aspx

November 2013 Debora chosen as “Professional of the Year” by Worldwide Who’s Who ! (representing the Genealogy Industry) http://www.worldwidewhoswho.com/Members/NY/Debora-Hill-1711237.html


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