BCG offers free webinar on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, 8:00 p.m. EDT

Why did your Italian ancestor have five cousins all named Joe? Why did married women travel under their maiden names? Was Sally really Serafina? This presentation explores the factors that pushed and pulled Italians to emigrate, what they found when they arrived, Italian naming patterns and name changes, and how to start your search. Knowing what their life was like in Italy helps us to understand their choices and behavior when they emigrated: why they were slow to naturalize, why the family was the most important institution, and why food was a source of celebration.

BCG’s next free monthly webinar in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree Webinars is “Andiamo! Finding Your Italian Family” by Margaret R. Fortier, CG®. This webinar airs Tuesday, July 18, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

Named for her grandmothers and inspired by her mother’s phenomenal memory, Margaret R. Fortier, CG®, is a genealogical researcher, lecturer, and writer. Her research focuses on French-Canadian, Italian, and Portuguese immigrants. She is co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. She is a facilitator for the Certification Discussion Group and serves as a mentor for program alumni. She holds an MS in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley University and serves on the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).

When you register before July 18th on our partner Legacy Family Tree Webinars (, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Anyone with schedule conflicts may access the webinar at no charge for one week after the broadcast on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

“We appreciate the opportunity to present these high-quality educational webinars,” said President Faye Jenkins Stallings, CG®. “At BCG, our purpose is to promote public confidence in genealogy by supporting uniform standards of competence. These webinars help to achieve that by providing educational opportunities to family historians of all levels of experience.”

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To see the full list of BCG-sponsored webinars for 2023, visit the BCG blog SpringBoard at For additional resources for genealogical education, please visit the BCG Learning Center (

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