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Families reunited after many decades

30 Jan

One of our satisfied customers from the United States took a trip to visit her ancestral village in Italy and to meet the new relatives Pallante Center for Italian Research had  located for her as part of a family tree research project. The relatives were then able to supply additional information about her family’s history. She writes:

“After meeting at the hotel for a while we drove to the home of a new cousin for lunch, wine, and grappa.  Once we drank grappa two sisters in their 90’s) started telling stories (or “tales” as Maria was calling them).  There was laughter, and rolling eyes from the older adults…… From your research, we knew about Concetta and Paulo but not about Raffaele and Giovanni!  ……Our translator questioned people on the street about another branch of the family, and as fate would have it, one of the people that we asked was Maria Assunta herself!  We took a walk down a country road, while eating  red and white grapes, two kinds of figs, green beans, red peppers, walnuts, dates, pomegranates’ figs…and for those of us who were unaware – and didn’t pay attention to the warning – ate a forbidden  olive right from a tree.  It was a magical trip!

Thank you for choosing Pallante Center !

22 Mar
2017 marks the 20th Anniversary of our company. We are celebrating two decades of finding nearly 20,000 ancestors. Our customers have all been a joy to work with, and  have come from all over the world…Canada, USA, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Australia, Ireland, UK, and South Africa! Their ancestors left from all regions of Italy.
Many of our researchers have experience stemming back more than twenty years. But 1997 is the year PCIR was formed. The center conducts research by various methods for each unique case. Sometimes the only method in a certain town, or earlier century, is to go to a church in person. In this case, we have a network of specialists  in Italy. Permission to access parish records is often available only to professionals.
PCIR has expanded services over the years. In 1997 we never imagined we’d be locating ancestral homes by drone! New services include Title Reports, original deeds, and locating heirs for inheritances. For a family tree, choose from a single session, mini tree, or a full book. Once a bit of your tree has been researched,  you’ll want to meet or correspond with new cousins in Italy. If you’re applying for dual citizenship, we can obtain  certified records from Italy. Or perhaps your interest is in obtaining old military records, primary source material for a book you’re writing, such as an old police report from WW2. Translators are available for any of these records.
How far back we can go depends on the availability of records that exist for your family’s ancestral town. (If you don’t know what town we can usually discover the town of origin.) We’ve been able to get into the 1500’s for many people who chose keep digging. But you are never locked into any contracts.
We look forward to helping you discover your family history !

Who is on your family tree in Italy?

26 May

Choose a three  or six month project, or stay to get a full family history book.  Afterwards we can search for living relatives in Italy!

Get started today on your Italian Family Tree !

We have been established for decades and have partners all over Italy.  What we need from you:

  • A solid starting point. (Tell us all you know about the line to be researched.)
  • Clear goals.
  • Copies of any documents you already have that pertain, with your application fee, or a deposit for a research session. We will then review what you have and determine the starting point. Sometimes the starting point is to discover the town of origin.

Please read our Testimonials page. It’s full of many wonderful comments from past customers who were delighted with our work !  We’ve even been endorsed on the Fox News website and Who’ Who !  You’ll get the most for your money here. We have found many thousands of Italian ancestors over the years !  Find the scroll down menu above and use the contact form to let  us know what town.




New! Aerial Video of Your Ancestral house and town!

19 Dec

Introducing our AWESOME new service ! Available for anywhere in Italy. We can provide a video (or aerial photos) of your ancestor’s house and town by drone (of about 10 minutes long).  Customized for your specific needs. Travel to the site fees apply. (Based in Central Italy). Starting at  $997

Sicilian translator needed for documentary film.

16 Sep

Interviews were conducted and filmed in Sicily for an upcoming movie documentary. Now a (preferably native-born and raised in Sicily) person is needed to translate into English– direct from the video. Applicants also need to be able to record time code as they go, so that the filmmaker is able to match to frame. The translator will watch video footage and create a transcript in English.  The transcription must be in sync with the video time code.  The film maker will later close caption selected  passages.  If you think you can do this, please contact us immediately !

Tour Guides in Sicily

9 Apr

The best private tour guide service for Sicily ! Customize your trip (from one person to a large group), visit your ancestral village, meet people by your surname (maybe even organize a private dinner event with them!). Visit your ancestral church, the cemetery,  stop at the town hall to get a vital record… and also visit any of regular tourists sites all over Sicily, with an English-speaking private escort! No need to rent a car (unless you prefer), but the tour guide will take you around on a carefree narrated private tour. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS.

We have a winner for our personal story contest !

9 Mar
The winner of our immigrant story contest is from Australia. It involves a stone mason from northern Italy, who went to Australia in the 1880s to teach convicts to make tombstones. The actual story will be published later on, as part of a larger project.

The winner is a man who was adopted when two years old, and spent a lifetime with an overwhelming desire to know about his birth family.  The story is full of many different twists and turns and unexpected surprises. It’s a compelling story of one man’s emotional journey. Ultimately, he found himself in pursuit of his Italian immigrant’s place of origin–though he never knew he was Italian!  His lineage has now been traced back several centuries–to an ancestor who first arrived in northern Italy from Sardinia !

A man who once knew pretty much nothing at all, now knows even the exact house where his immigrant to Australia was born in 1850. He was surprised to learn the month and day of birth, because his granddaughter shares the same birthday !  The family hopes to visit their ancestral town in Italy in the near future.  It was over 130 years ago when his ancestor, Giovanni made the decision to respond to an ad by the Australian government and move to a far away land.

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The contest prize is 100 euros in cash !
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