Religion has always played an important role in American history. The Catholic Church was the first church to make its presence known in the Americas. Thirty years ago Joe Titti began to research his family and has turned his hobby into a profession that includes teaching at Broome Community College Continuing Education and Broome-Tioga BOCES. His emphasis started with families in the Southern Tier which led him to work with the Catholic Church. He is a member of the Society of Parish Historians of the Syracuse, NY Catholic Diocese.