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Who are the folks behind My Ancestral Italy?  We’re Italian residents with first-hand knowledge and professional experience to help you in searching for your family's ancestral story.

Bryan Schneider

He is a professional genealogist, researcher and lecturer based in Italy for more than ten years. He has extensive research experience  using various sources and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists - APG.


Bryan has spoken on the topic of Italian genealogy and southern Italy to genealogy groups, Italian organizations as well as RootsTech London 2019 and RootsTech Virtual 2022.

Valerie Fortney Schneider

She has more than 20 years’ experience in the travel and tourism industry. She has worked as a travel agent, a corporate consultant, and as a tour planner and guide. Valerie studied history and is also a freelance travel writer focused on Italian travel and the Italian lifestyle. She has ancestral roots in southern Italy, an affection for the people, and a love of the culture, history, landscapes and foods.

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