I’m Michael Cassara and I’m a professional genealogist based in New York City. I started DigiRoots in 2012 and use this site to update my speaking schedule, and occasionally share blog posts about my research and things I encounter along the way. I’m currently serving as the Co-President of the Italian Genealogical Group – if you’re pursuing Italian research I hope you’ll consider becoming a member.
RootsTech Connect took place from February 25th through 27th, 2021, and it was incredible! All told, they had over 1.1 million unique registrants, from all over the world. I was fortunate to be a speaker this year (my 5th time presenting at a RootsTech conference, though all the rest were “live” in Salt Lake City) and really enjoyed putting together a video presentation. You can watch it here:
But there are SO many great videos to watch – on every topic imaginable. Start by searching the site, or you can browse by keyword/topic. I hope you get a chance to check it out – all of the content will be online until next February.
Just a quick post to mention that I’ll be giving a talk at RootsTech this year. On Thursday morning, 2/28, at 9:30 AM, I’ll be presenting: Surname Studies: Follow That Surname!(RT5424), in Room 250A. Here’s the description:
Have you ever met someone with one of your family surnames, and wondered if you might be related to each other? A one-name (or surname) study is a project that catalogs all known occurrences of a given surname, and its variants. This class will dive into the practice of surname studies and examine how they can help lead a researcher to major breakthroughs. Offering valuable information for both beginning and advanced genealogists – attendees will be given an overview of related topics including DNA studies, surname mapping, and research methodology, while also looking at some case studies and existing surname projects.
I’ve been to every RootsTech except the first one, and this is my 4th time presenting there – it’s always a highlight of the year for me. Hope to see/meet many of you during the week!
On Saturday, October 8th at 10 AM, I’ll be speaking at the Westchester County Genealogical Society. The topic is Cemetery Crowdsourcing for Genealogy, adapted from the talk I gave at RootsTech earlier this year. Doors will open at 9:30 and the meeting is open to the public – it will be held at the Aldersgate Memorial United Methodist Church, 600 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY. Hope to see some of you there!
I was so happy to be asked by the Italian Genealogical Group to give a talk at their May meeting, yesterday morning. Although I have been an IGG member for many years, I had only previously attended one meeting – so it was nice to revisit their home at the Bethpage Public Library and give a brand-new talk: “One-Name (Surname) Studies for Italian Genealogy”.
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A One-Name Study is in-depth research on all occurrences of a single surname. In 2013 I registered the surname Cuono with the Guild of One-Name Studies, and I’ve been pursuing research ever since. Though there are fewer than 10 Italian surnames registered with the Guild at the current time, I believe that Italian genealogy and one-name studies are a perfect fit, and was excited to premiere this talk to a capacity audience of fellow Italian genealogists.