About Us

Company History
The  Pallante Center for Italian Research (PCIR) offers professional genealogical research for people of Italian heritage. Choose from a full range of services that include obtaining individual documents, building extensive family trees, legal heir searches, genealogy travel and more. With over 30 years of experience, and an unmatched commitment to customer satisfaction, PCIR provides the best value in the industry. We have been in business for decades and have had much success, having found many thousands of documents for clients. The majority of clients invest in fully-developed family trees that are ultimately delivered in the form a spiral bound book, 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 periodically along the way.  

Debora Hill, founder, is a professional genealogist, who collaborates with a network of Italian associates in Italy, and primary business partner, Massimo, of the European office in Central Italy, who (since 1999) is in charge of official document services, and finding local professional genealogists and historians in whatever region is needed.   For years, PCIR has been offering excellent service to people all over the world (see Testimonials).

Our satisfied clients reside wherever Italian immigrants have gone– including the USA, Canada, UK, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Africa …

Please view our professional services for more details on how PCIR can help your next research project.

Debora (Pallante) Hill, owner and founder, is an Italian-American whose ancestors immigrated from Provinces Isernia and Caserta (and also from Ireland). She is a trained professional archivist and librarian who has experience not only in working with historical documents from Italy, but also archival preservation, and reference services. 

Debora has personally conducted research in various small towns all over Italy at town halls and state archives, including all over Sicily.  (See More About Debora link)

Debora’s real passion is ancestor research.
“Genealogy has always been a passion–since high school days, and was a side job for years”. In 1997, Debora decided to start her own research center (which had been suggested by a Drexel Univ. professor years before). She now devotes herself full-time to the Pallante Center for Italian Research, and thoroughly enjoys helping people find their ancestors.


Notable: Debora worked for Ancestry.com’s “Hire an Expert”, Italy (until their expert program was discontinued) and has done behind the scenes work for a London-based TV show about ancestry research–Genealogy of the Stars.   PCIR has completed a thorough family history for the director of the Italian American Museum in New York City.  When Debora first started doing Italian genealogy, there were only a handful of others.  A lifetime of experience in encountering the many types of problems that can arise in doing genealogy research cannot be matched by those of a younger generation just starting out in the field! PCIR can also work with movie documentary directors and serious book authors because we are real historians!  We have successfully gotten rare primary source materials out of Italy (such as secret police reports about Baroness Van Heemstra in the Fascist era, and can do more than just ancestor research.

PCIR offers discounted pricing for clients of preferred customer status, and countless extra hours are thrown in at no cost on large book projects.  Chances are that your tree may end up merging with an existing tree (especially if from Caccamo) or other Sicilian towns in Province Palermo, because we have done such extensive work already. Often  just one link is all that is needed to merge two trees.

The Pallante Center for Italian research is fully capable of researching your Italian ancestors!  We also do legal heir searches for law firms all the time. We can help you with a wide range of problems–even finding out if your ancestor left abandoned property that you may be entitled to inherit, official records for dual citizenship, or whatever your need.


  • ALA Accredited M.S. Library Science/Archives, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.; Archives Concentration – Temple University
  • B.A. History (Certified in International Studies, with minor in Anthropology, 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, and Mediterranean history. Senior thesis book,  “300 Years of the Pallante Family.”  This education serves as a strong background in world cultures and archaeology. (With some study in digging up ancestors – literally!)
  • Certificate Genealogy

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




Scroll down to the bottom of this page link under the Genealogy heading:

Look what was said ! “Italian Americans turn to the Pallante Center for Italian Research for  genealogical research.”

Read more:  http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2013/02/21/8-trips-must-do-once/#ixzz2NTKPOawV



A PALLANTE   !  (An Italian-American, and my sister)



June 24, 2013

Pallante Center in the News !

(Italian-American publications)

We the Italians  www.wetheitalians.com  June 24, 2013

Interviews-“Italiani d’America in cerca delle loro radici” by Umberto Mucci

http://www.wetheitalians.com/index.php/interviste/3150-italiani-d-america-in-cerca-delle-loro-radici  and  hereL’Opinione June 24, 2013



November 2013

Debora Hill, founder of the Pallante Center

chosen as “Professional of the Year”  by Worldwide Who’s Who !

(representing the Genealogy Industry)



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