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Women Patriots with Mary Tedesco of the Genealogy Roadshow

The Photo Detective

You probably know Mary Tedesco from The Genealogy Roadshow, a popular PBS genealogy based program that aired from 2013 to 2016.  But did you know that Mary is also very involved with the Daughters of the American Revolution and is passionate to get more women patriots recognized by the organization.  Women patriots? You’re probably wondering if that’s possible. It is. One woman, Elizabeth Caldwell Gillam of South Carolina Her photo appears in my Last Muster Series. I talked about her in episode 47  You'll find the link in the show notes.  We discussed how our female ancestors can become recognized patriots. How to prove their contributions and how Mary was able to organize the Hannah Winthrop Chapter of the DAR. About My Guest: Mary Tedesco is a professional genealogist, speaker, author, and co-Host on the PBS television series “Genealogy Roadshow.” She is the Founder of ORIGINS ITALY, a genealogical reseating company specializing in Italian genealogy and heritage travel to Italy. Mary is a proud member of the Daughters of the America Revolution (DAR) and serves as the National Chair of the Service to America Committee, Massachusetts State Organizing Secretary, and Organizing Regent of the Hannah Winthrop Chapter in Boston, MA. Mary can be contacted at www.originsitaly.com. Related Episodes: Episode 47: Women of the Revolution Links and Resources: Information about becoming a DAR member The DAR's Genealogical Research System Diary Sheds Light On Deborah Sampson The Last Muster: Images of the American Revolution Watch my YouTube Channel Like the Facebook Page so you get notified of my Facebook Live videos. Sign up for my newsletter. Need help organizing your photos? Check out the Essential Photo Organizing Video Course. Need help identifying family photos? Check out the Identifying Family Photographs online course. Have a photo you need help identifying? Sign up for photo consultation. About Maureen Taylor: Maureen is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London and Canada. She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show (where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira). She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. Maureen was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for MyHeritage.com, an internationally known family history website and also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles and online columns for such media as Smithsonian.com. Learn more at Maureentaylor.com


24 Jul 2019

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Genealogy Connection #015 - Mary Tedesco, Researcher, Speaker, Author, and TV Show Host

The Genealogy Guys Podcast & Genealogy Connection

Mary Tedesco is best known for her appearances as one of the hosts on Genealogy Roadshow.  She specializes in Italian and immigration research. To learn more about Mary, visit originsitaly.com.


28 Dec 2016

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TGP 40 - Mary Tedesco of Genealogy Roadshow

The Genealogy Professional podcast with Host Marian Pierre-Louis – Interviews with Experienced Genealogists

Mary Tedesco Mary Tedesco is a professional genealogist, speaker, and author. She is a Host / Genealogist on the PBS TV series “Genealogy Roadshow” (season 2 & season 3) as well as the Founder of ORIGINS ITALY. Mary speaks fluent Italian and travels often to Italy to conduct client genealogical research and visit family. Mary is the co-author of “Tracing Your Italian Ancestors” an 84-page Italian research guide published by Moorshead Magazines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Boston University and a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University’s Center for Professional Education. In addition to her Italian ancestry (Calabria, Trentino-Alto Adige, and Tuscany) on her father’s side, she also has deep American roots (German, Irish, Danish & English) on her mother’s side and is a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mary is a member of a number of local and national genealogical societies. Contact Links Website – ORIGINS ITALY Facebook – Mary Tedesco Twitter –  @originsitaly Instagram – @originsitaly LinkedIn – Mary Tedesco Other Links Genealogy Roadshow Boston University Center for Professional Education Online Certificate in Genealogical Research National Genealogy Society Family History Conference One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now “Education, education, education. Sign up for a seminar or a conference tonight.” Recommended Book Genealogy as Pastime and Profession by Donald L. Jacobus Productivity Tool Excel to sort client and personal data Advice “Never give up. Your dreams are achievable. Make big dreams, big goals, and go for it.” Action Item One of the most important things that Mary said was to figure out what is unique about you. That is a critical part of owning a business. What separates you from everyone else that provides the same service. If you’re a Massachusetts researcher, what separates you from the next Massachusetts researcher? Is it that you focus on Colonial research? Or perhaps you focus on people with Irish heritage in Massachusetts. Or maybe your specialty is Massachusetts military records. Figure out the thing that makes you unique. ACTION: Your action item this week is to figure out what is unique about you. How are you different from everyone else in your broad niche? And then take it a step further by determining how you can communicate that uniqueness either on your website or your professional profile or your social media profiles. Because it won’t do you any good to keep your uniqueness to yourself! Direct link to this post: http://www.thegenealogyprofessional.com/mary-tedesco/ NEWS The APG Professional Management Conference September 22-24, 2016 in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the Allen County Public Library www.apgen.org/conference New TGP Class: “Who Really Visits My Blog and Website: A close look at web analytics and tracking” Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 12pm noon New York time Most of you have heard of Google Analytics. Did you know that you can use Google Analytics to track your Blogger blog and even your YouTube channel? In addition to all the great information that Google Analytics provides you can take it one step further using a tool called utm tracking. It’s free just like Google Analytics and I’m going to show you how to get started and why it’s so powerful to use. And it’s not just for professionals. Anyone with a blog, website or YouTube channel that wants more information about who is visiting their site will be able to make use of this.  This is not a free webinar, the cost is $24.99 but it will take you to the next level. And if you can’t watch it live you can still sign up to get the replay and handout.


24 May 2016

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Ep. 140 - Genealogy Roadshow's Mary Tedesco on Italian Genealogy/ What Does Fisher's DNA Match Really Mean

Extreme Genes - America's Family History and Genealogy Radio Show & Podcast

Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic and Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org.  Their "Family Histoire News" starts with the story of a World War II vet in his 90s who had a reunion with a man he rescued from Dachau concentration camp at the end of World War II.  You'll want to hear their story.  Then it's talk about hair... long, beautiful HAIR!  It was Thomas Jefferson's.  And it has sold at auction.  How many strands?  What did it go for?  We'll tell you!  America's oldest veteran has turned 110.  Who is he and where did he serve?  Listen to the podcast.  David's Tip of the Week concerns school photographs, but wait til you hear what Fisher did with some of his father's.  And of course David shares another NEHGS Tip of the Week. Mary Tedesco of the PBS series "Genealogy Roadshow" then joins Fisher to talk about their third season!  Mary will tell you about what they're up to on the show this year, and give you a little history of how she came to be one of the hosts.  She'll also share some tips on Italian genealogy and a great story about her Italian grandmother. Next, Fisher shares a genealogy breakthrough he just had after decades of effort.  It was capped off with a DNA match to a sixth great grandparent couple.  But Fisher is concerned that a match from that far back is something less than a confirmation.  Enter Paul Woodbury, DNA analyst from LegacyTree.com.  Paul and Fisher discuss the math behind when a match is most significant and when it's not so much.  How significant is Fisher's match?  Don't miss this segment. Then Tom Perry, the Preservation Authority, visits talking about the importance of knowing who your end users are going to be when deciding how to digitize your materials.  He'll explain why it can affect how you choose to format your materials, and how much money it's going to cost you! That's all this week on Extreme Genes, America's Family History Show!


23 May 2016

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IAP 02: 3 Steps for Starting to Research Your Italian Genealogy with PBS Host Mary Tedesco

The Italian American Podcast

You can listen to the episode by clicking the player above or clicking here to subscribe on iTunes. Have you ever wanted to research your Italian American Genealogy? Well, in this episode, we interview Mary Tedesco, an Italian Genealogy expert on how to get started in researching your Italian Genealogy. Episode Guest: Here’s an introduction to this episode’s guest Mary Tedesco. She is: A professional genealogist, speaker, and author. Host and Genealogist on the PBS TV series “Genealogy Roadshow” (seasons 2 and 3) as well as the Founder of ORIGINS ITALY. Fluent in Italian and travels often to Italy to conduct client genealogical research and visit family. The co-author of Tracing Your Italian Ancestors an 84-page Italian research guide published by Moorshead Magazines. Holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Boston University and a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University’s Center for Professional Education. In addition to her Italian ancestry (Calabria, Trentino-Alto Adige, and Tuscany) on her father’s side, she also has deep American roots (German, Irish, Danish & English) on her mother’s side and is a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mary is a member of a number of local and national genealogical societies. She can be contacted at www.originsitaly.com.

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22 Nov 2015

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Episode 175 - New Book Club Book, Mary Tedesco of Genealogy Roadshow, DNA, and Lisa's New Book

The Genealogy Gems Podcast with Lisa Louise Cooke - Your Family History Show

I’m pretty excited  about this episode because it’s just jammed back with all kinds of fun stuff! (image right: my Grandson Joey excited about his new wagon!) First, Genealogy Gems Contributing Editor Sunny Morton will be here to announce our new Book Club read for this first quarter of 2015.  And it is fantastic! Even better, the nationally acclaimed author who wrote it will be joining us on a future episode to give us the back story.Then, since it is January that means that a lot of television shows are ramping back up, and one of those is the Genealogy Roadshow on PBS. And not only will it be back with new episodes, it will also feature a new addition to the panel of hosts. Professional genealogist Mary Tedesco is joining Genealogy Roadshow and she will join me a little later in this episode to talk about her experience on the show and also about her specialty which is Italian research, which I couldn’t be happier about since we haven’t had a chance to delve into Italian genealogy until now.Our Genealogy Gems DNA Guide will also be here. And I have a very special announcement for you at the end of the show. MAILBOX:Read: Epitaphs from Genealogy Gems listeners on Facebook:From Cindy:"One of the most fascinating epitaphs I've ever seen is in Monticello, Florida. It reads, "Remember reader as you pass by, as you are now so once was I, as I am now so you shall be, prepare for death and come with me." The date of death was in the 1880s. The tombstone is made of metal instead of stone."From Jan: "Most memorable epitaph to date: In Memory of Elizabeth Palmer who should have been the wife of Simeon Palmer who died Aug 1776. This in the Old Commons Cemetery, Rhode Island."Jillian writes in about the story of Mary Ann Munns Cooke’s untimely death"What an amazing, heartbreaking - yet somewhat uplifting - story. I feel compelled to share a similar struggle on my family tree - it is a bit long (for all of the details, I would advise reading my blog at ), but the shorthand version involves my great-great grandmother being widowed by the Spanish Influenza, and her children being taken from her by a corrupt politician, who uses his connections to incarcerate her in an insane asylum to gain control of her late husband's property and mineral rights.She survived it, miraculously, and went on to live a happy life, even getting to see her great grandchildren being born. My grandmother told me that her father was forever changed by what his mother endured, but he was the most forgiving man she'd ever met. It reaffirms your statement that bad things may happen, but you don't have to let it determine your outlook, your path. Much love to you and your family for overcoming and living out a legacy that recognizes the struggle, and the acts involved in overcoming." GEM: Book Club with Lisa and Sunny MortonOur last featured book, She Left Me the Gun, was a memoir by a woman raised in England who researched her South African past. This time, we fly across the pond to the new world, to a bestselling U.S. novel, by Christina Baker Kline (image right). is one of my favorite books. I’ve read it twice and recommended it more times than I can count.I thought a lot about whether a genealogy book club, which is based on researching real history, should incorporate novels. But genealogists are three dimensional people; we’re not all fact and no fun, right? I have loved historical fiction from the time I read A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by EL Konisburg. It’s a kid’s chapter book about the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine told from her point of view as she and the cast of characters from her life were sitting on a cloud in heaven waiting for her husband King Henry II to get into heaven. That novel bred in me this love for re-imagined history, in which the stories and lessons from past lives are repackaged in a way that’s meaningful to us, in a way that we’re willing to listen to.But back to Orphan Train. I’m guessing that many of you have already read it and loved it—if you have, raise your hands on the Genealogy Gems Facebook page and tell us so! If not, here’s a teaser for you. Orphan Train follows the story of Vivian, who as an Irish girl immigrant with another name entirely loses her family and is forced to ride the orphan train.What was the orphan train? It was an early, special urban brand of foster care in which homeless or neglected children were gathered up and put on trains out to the country. They advertised ahead of time their stops in little rural railroad depots, where essentially the children were lined up and local residents could come pick up kids and take them home. Essentially the children were advertised as free labor sources for farm families.So, Vivian rides the orphan train and we follow her childhood through some challenging placements with a few families and then into young adulthood when she is still trying to pin down an identity for herself. Then we move ahead in time. As a 91-year old woman, Vivian meets Molly, a teenager in today’s foster care system. Molly comes to Vivian’s home to help her clean out her attic because she’s gotten in trouble and needs community service hours. Molly thinks this old lady has nothing in common with her, not knowing anything about Vivian’s own trials as an orphan rider.So what makes this a good read for family history lovers? The core of the story is about family identity. Both these girls were separated from their families at a young age—they were told their past wasn’t good enough and they were re-booting their lives from scratch. You can’t do that to a person without serious consequences to their psyches. This book reminds me how important it is that each of us has a storyline from the past that existed before we were born, and brought us to who we are today. It’s perilous to break that story up or to be ignorant of it. The author spent a lot of time with the real stories of people who have lived in foster care or who rode the orphan trains, so the feel of the book would be authentic and real even though it’s not wholly factual. The orphan train history is so fascinating itself and this is a great way to be introduced to that chapter in history—which I have read is not limited to the U.S. I have read that about 100k children rode orphan trains in Canada, too.Read the Genealogy Gems Book Club Book for 1st Quarter 2015: by Christina Baker Kline.Next month Sunny will be back with a few more suggestions for fun things to read and a teaser from the book, and then in March we’ll have an interview with Christina Baker Kline.Please visit our wonderful sponsors:Profile America: Ellis Island OpensThursday, January 1st. The place where many of our ancestors first stepped ashore when they came to America seeking a new life opened on this date in 1892 — Ellis Island in New York Harbor. The very first immigrant processed at the new facility was a 15-year-old Irish girl named Annie Moore. Over the course of more than 60 years, some 12 million people flowed through the center. Some sources say the number is considerably higher. The peak year was 1907, when just over a million immigrants came to Ellis Island. The complex now belongs to the National Park Service and is visited by several million people a year. In 1910, the foreign-born represented nearly 15 percent of America’s population. Now, after falling through 1970, that figures sits at 12.9 percent. GEM: Mary Tedesco on Genealogy Roadshow and Italian GenealogyMary M. Tedesco is also the founder of ORIGINS ITALY at originsitaly.com, which is a firm specializing in Italian and Italian-American genealogical and family history research. She speaks fluent Italian and travels often to Italy where she conducts genealogical research and visits family.Watch the new season of the Read about it on the Genealogy Gems Blog:Visit Mary at Origins Italy at Mary’s favorite websites for Italian research:Things to know about Italy:Italy is subdivided into 20 regionsRecords are at the town levelYour DNA Guide with Diahan SouthardI am a huge proponent of the Chromosome Browser as an essential tool in genetic genealogy. I do agree that it should be a part of any genetic genealogy experience.  I have been in meetings with Ancestry and they do have their reasons for not providing one, with privacy being paramount in their minds.  The idea that we can have quick and relatively inexpensive access to our ENTIRE genome is a daunting thought.  We can't possibly know what will lie ahead in the many industries implementing this amazing scientific advancement.  Ancestry is just trying to be forward thinking. I too feel that this makes them seem like an overprotective parent that keeps their child in the house at all times behind two padlocked, steel-enforced doors, just so they won't wander out into the street and get hurt. And it is very frustrating.  But on some level I do understand their perspective.  They have a VERY long term perspective.  They are planning and thinking about where this technology will be in 5, 10, 15, 20 years.  At that time will will surely have moved away from the SNP testing we are doing now to full genome sequencing.  At that very high level of comparison there will be many things that a chromosome browser could reveal about our health.  I think with the implementation of DNA circles Ancestry is trying to implement tools in the areas where they are comfortable, and actually capable.  Yes, they are making mistakes.  But so are the other testing companies.  Yes the trees are flawed. They did release the DNA circles as Beta. I too have ready many concrete accounts of how this tool is making mistakes.  But they are in uncharted territory here.  No other company is trying to so fully integrate traditional genealogy with genetic genealogy, and there is something to be said for that.  And, you will probably agree that one of the biggest frustrations with any testing company is getting people to post their family trees and/or respond to your inquiries about their family trees.  By making inclusion in the Circles contingent upon having and linking your sample to a family tree (even a flawed one) it does encourage more people to post public trees.  Of course, it does completely ignore anyone without a family tree- again, frustrating.Learn how with my series of quick guides ( or the for the best deal);;Lisa’s Announcement:Pre-Order the 2nd edition of at a very special price.Reg. $24.95  Pre-order Sale Price: $19.95Completely updated with loads of new content! Everything you need to know to stay up to date on using Google for your family history.


8 Jan 2015

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Secrets of the Stars: "FitNation's" Gina Lombardi, Plus Mary Tedesco and Howard Bragman Give You Tips

Gab With the Gurus Show

TV personality and exercise guru Gina Lombardi, author of the book Deadline Fitness: Tone Up and Slim Down When Every Minute Counts , joins the Gab With the Gurus Show to share Health & Lifestyle Secrets of the Stars. Gina, who hosts the TV show "FitNation," has helped many stars get -- and stay in shape. She'll share how all of us non-celebrities can use their tried-and-true tactics to slim down in time for a wedding, a class reunion, a big party or even get back to the great shape we once were -- or perhaps reach the desired size of our dreams. Our next guest, fitness trainer Mary Tedesco -- who works with Martha Stewart -- will provide more health secrets. The show concludes with Howard Bragman, founder of the strategic media and public relations agency, Fifteen Minutes, who will share more celebrity health secrets and discuss his new book, Where's My Fifteen Minutes: Get Your Company, Your Cause, or Yourself the Recognition You Deserve.


23 Jan 2009