Over the last twenty years, the need for professional genealogists who specialize in reclaiming ancestral citizenship has grown tremendously. Based on the principle of jus sanguinis or “right of blood,” at least 60 countries around the world allow dual citizenship. This webinar will focus on the responsibilities of this type of work for a professional genealogist, the real-life value that reclaiming citizenship brings to your clients, and how important it is that you fully understand the nationality laws surrounding these cases before you take your first case. Without a thorough understanding of the law, you cannot advise your clients of the full value, responsibilities, and legal implications they may face subsequent to their reclamation of citizenship. Join us as we look at the nationality laws of several different countries and evaluate what is required to reclaim citizenship, what role a professional genealogist can and cannot play in the work, and why you might want to add this specialty to your list of professional offerings.
About the Presenter: Melanie D. Holtz, CG is a full-time professional genealogist, lecturer, and writer specializing in Italian genealogy and dual citizenship. She operates an international research firm that maintains offices in both the U.S. and Italy. Melanie is a board-certified genealogist who lectures and writes on Italian genealogy, dual citizenship, professional development, and genealogical standards. She is a former APG board member and chair of the Professional Development Committee, where she advocated for mentorship and expanded educational offerings within the organization. Melanie has published multiple Italian genealogy courses, as well as "The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree in Italy."