Robyn Inez Berenato
President / Founder
My name is Robyn Berenato. I enjoy history, research and unlocking mysteries.
As it turns out, not only do I enjoy ancestral research, I'm good at it. I can interpret cursive handwriting and read maps, which is crucial to learning about previous time periods.
Before deciding to pursue my passion full time, I built a portfolio of clients from differing geographical locations and ethnic backgrounds to gain experience searching for different types of records. I have been able to trace records dating back to the early 1600s in both the United States and Europe. In addition to online research, I make trips to the New Jersey State Archives and to numerous cemeteries in the Southern New Jersey area for physical, hands-on research.
My love of history comes from my father. He was an older parent and because of that, was able to give me first hand accounts of things that my classmates would only learn from books. I think it is also because of him that my mother says that I have "an old soul".
My mother was born in Puerto Rico, and my father was African-American. I became interested in our family history at a young age because I never thought I resembled any family members. I was curious about who else might be lingering in my ancestry to explain my green eyes and fair complexion. Years have gone by and as my age elevates, my reflection morphs into features that are also recognizable in my mother and paternal grandmother.
Let me know what I can help you discover in your yesterday.
Joseph F. Berenato
Social Media Coordinator
My name is Joseph F. Berenato, and I'm an ancestral investigator. (Doesn't that sound way cooler than "genealogist"?)
The middle initial is important, because it’s one of the only ways to distinguish me from the dozens of relatives I have who are also named Joseph Berenato. Trying to keep them all straight is what actually started to interest me in genealogy. That interest became cemented when a cousin of mine returned from a trip to Gesso, Sicily – the Berenato ancestral home – and regaled my family with pictures and tales from her trip. Later, I watched as my mother and her two cousins navigated their family history – that of the Pepper clan – in the mid-1990s.
Recently, Robyn has been instrumental in digging into both my Berenato roots – and discovering ancestors forgotten in living memory – and my Ford roots, through which we have found Revolutionary War soldiers and a Mayflower passenger.
As a writer examining science fiction franchises, I have had the opportunity to look at and become enamored by all the ways that those in the past envisioned the technology of the future. It is only fitting, then, that I am able to combine my loves of history and technology with my position as Discovering Yesterday’s social media coordinator.
It is my privilege to help Robyn help you discover all of yesterday’s secrets and stories in your family line.