About Toni

I have been doing genealogy research on my own extensive Italian and her husband’s Irish family for the last 27 years. I now have more than 8,700 of my closest family members entered into my Family Tree Maker program. I have identified relatives on extended branches who married into the family including those from various immigrant ethnic groups as well as others who have been here long enough to practically have greeted George Washington when he arrived. I is a member of several genealogical organizations.

For the last 10 years, while not doing continuing research on my own family, I have been teaching several levels of genealogy in my home town of Ridgefield, CT. I am on a mission to expose as many people as possible to the fun, excitement, and importance of tracing their own genealogy. I believe documenting your family history is important for yourself and for future generations, even if they are not interested or have the time now.  I have just celebrated 2,000 hours of teaching at Founders Hall…and that doesn’t count all the Saturday lectures in the tri state area.

I have been a popular lecturer at various genealogy societies in the New York, Connecticut, Boston, and Long Island areas.Be sure to check my calendar for a lecture near you.

My background: I was born in Miami, Florida. I earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Biology from C.W. Post College on L.I.  I have been married for over 41 years, and have two children and two grandchildren (all gorgeous and brilliant, naturally). My training from my research background while earning my master’s degree helped her to establish organized systems and charts for recording family information for myself and my students…a problem for most researchers.

I enjoy traveling yearly to Italy to visit the towns of my ancestors in search of additional photos and original documents of my distant relatives to round out my research from the various towns in the regions of the Amalfi Coast, Calabria, and Sicily.

Ancestors have a way of hiding. Understanding the strengths, weaknesses, and capabilities of the available online sites, knowing what various databases exist and how to use them for your benefit are critical to successfully find those pesky relatives. In my lectures, I share the tips and tricks I have developed over the years to help locate difficult relatives who don’t seem to want to be found.