My name is Michael Cassara, and I’ve been pursuing genealogical research (for myself and others) for over twenty years. I live in New York City and work as a casting director for musicals, movies, and plays. Genealogy, however, has remained a constant hobby/passion/obsession and provides a nice and necessary balance in my life. As someone recently pointed out to me – there are actually a lot of parallels between the two fields. I guess you could say I’m a people person but, depending upon which hat I’m wearing, they’re not always alive! While I’ve been reading dozens of amazing genealogy blogs and websites for many years – I’m only now jumping into the arena myself. I hope for this site to feature articles and items that are relevant to my research and, with any luck, to yours.
Michael is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and is available to speak at genealogy conferences, society meetings, and other events. Based in New York City, he travels regularly to present on a number of different topics. Most recently he has presented at RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world. In 2014 he presented one of his most popular lectures, “Putting Things in their Place: Paying it forward in the digital age” and he followed it up at RootsTech 2015 with a standing-room-only presentation on “21st Century Italian Genealogy”. Michael’s 2016 RootsTech presentation, “Cemetery Crowdsourcing”, was filmed and is available for viewing on RootsTech.org.
Michael is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University’s Center for Professional Education. He serves on the board of the Italian Genealogical Group, and is currently its 1st Vice President.
- Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, Fall, 2015 (OL19)
- Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) June, 2016
- New York State Family History Conference Syracuse, New York, September 2015