Pallante Center for Italian Research

We offer professional genealogical research for people of Italian heritage. Choose from a full range of services:

  • Certified birth, marriage, or death records from Italy
  • Identifying and locating legal heirs in Italy for estate matters
  • Extensive family trees
  • Onsite research at Italian vital records offices or churches
  • Italian military records
  • Property searches
  • Genealogy travel
  • Aerial videos of your ancestral village by drone

With decades of experience, and an unmatched commitment to customer satisfaction, PCIR provides the best value in the industry. We have had much success, having found tens of thousands of documents for clients. Many clients 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, and periodic updates as your family tree grows.

Debora Hill, founder, is a professional genealogist, who collaborates with primary business partner, Massimo, of our European office in Central Italy (since 1997). Together with a network of Italian associates and regional archivists in Italy, PCIR has for years been offering 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 or whatever you need from Italy. Debora is also available to conduct some selected research outside of Italy. Many past clients have chosen to have another non-Italian line done by PCIR before or after completing their Italian side.  She has personally conducted research in person at town halls, state archives, and churches all over Sicily and Italy, Ireland, Wales, England, the Eastern United States, and Brazil. 

The Italian ancestors of Debora (Pallante) Hill, owner and founder,  immigrated from Provinces Isernia and Caserta. She is a trained professional genealogist, archivist, and historian who has experience not only in working with historical documents from Italy, but also reference services and databases and archival preservation.

 “Genealogy has always been a passion–since high school days in the mid 1970’s, and was a side job for years”. In 1997, Debora decided to start her own research center (suggested by a Drexel Univ. grad school 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 has done behind the scenes work for a London-based TV show about ancestry research–Genealogy of the Stars and a show about ghosts,’s “Hire an Expert”, and for the PBS TV show “Finding Your Roots”. 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.  Since the mid 1970’s, Debora has accumulated a lifetime of experience in encountering the many types of problems that can arise in doing genealogy research!

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. Countless extra hours are thrown in at no cost on large book projects. Your family may end up merging with an existing tree we have already researched (especially if from Caccamo) or other Sicilian towns in Province Palermo, because we have done such extensive work already. 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!  In addition we obtain Title Reports, survey maps and other documents for people seeking to transfer inherited property.  We work with a certified property specialist in Italy who can handle the actual transfer of title, after obtaining all the necessary paperwork.  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 plan a wedding or take a customized trip to visit your ancestral village in Sicily.  More About Debora  and qualifications


  • ALA Accredited M.S. Library Science/Archives, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.; Archives Concentration – Temple University
  • 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 and Mediterranean history. Senior thesis book, “300 Years of the Pallante Family.” This education serves as a strong background in world cultures. (With some archaeological study in digging up ancestors – literally!)
  • Continuing Ed Certificates 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




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:


June 24, 2013

Pallante Center in the News !

(Italian-American publications)

We the Italians June 24, 2013

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


Pallante Center for Italian Research
P.O. Box 4664, Queensbury, NY  12804 USA

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