Academic Historical Research

We are available for academic historical research in Italy for  book authors, movie directors, college professors or students, and any other need involving getting primary source material out of Italy. As an example, we were able to get a secret police report out of Rome’s police archives pertaining to Audrey Hepburn’s mother and her involvement with fascism during WW2 era.   They were “watching” her, according to the secret police report we uncovered.

We can also send a researcher to a public or academic library in Italy, and have several times been granted permission to a newspaper archives in central Italy, where they don’t permit access to the general public.  Many in our network are historians with history and cinema  formal degrees. We have several times done behind the scenes research for a TV show about ghosts.  We’ve done  immigration research for a movie director doing a documentary. Most genealogists are not real historians (98 percent are uneducated self-taught), and not qualified to do academic research, or genealogical research of early centuries.

Debora Hill has a B.A. degree in history –immigration and Mediterranean history focus, with a cultural anthropology minor, and International Studies certification. She also has two certificates in genealogy from two different universities, and another in forensic science.   We can at any time find a local historian for a particular area. We can research the history or do a demographic study based on vital records for a certain time period.

Debora has eight years of experience with stage productions, including  as an extra who performed on stage, backstage assistant to actors and set designers, and then serving on the board of directors at a university-housed theater company, while her husband was the production manager.  Both have also been a movie extras. Thus we have a special interest in the arts, and also study writing.  Debora’s sister is the Director of the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington, and her daughter has been actively involved in local public arts programs.

Pallante Center is qualified to do both family tree research, and academic historical research, and has been doing both for years!


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