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Current Newsletter Issue: March 2017

Article excerpts from the March 2017 Italian Genealogical Group Newsletter:

  • Findmypast Launches Catholic Heritage Archive

    Findmypast has announced immediate availability of millions of exclusive Catholic records published online with more coming soon The records are from the United States Britain and Ireland The records are new additions to the ambitious United States Marriages project The release marks significant expansion of Findmypast s US data collection the creation of the Roman Catholic Heritage Archive is a ground breaking initiative that aims to digitize the historic records of the Catholic Church in the United States Britain and Ireland Findmypast is releasing over million exclusive records including sacramental registers for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from to as well as for the British Archdioceses of Westminster and Birmingham from onwards This builds on last year s publication of more than million Irish Catholic parish...

  • February Meeting-The Proietti: Researching an Abandoned Child in Italy

    For our February meeting the guest speaker was Melanie D Holtz CG Melanie is a board-certified genealogist writer and lecturer Melanie operates Lo Schiavio Genelogica an international research firm that specializes in Italian genealogical research and Italian-American dual citizenship The title of her presentation was The Proietti Researching an Abandoned Child in Italy Prior to the meeting Melanie had prepared a comprehensive page hand-out which was distributed to IGG members via email In addition for those members who registered the lecture was carried live to their home computer through the website Go to Meeting After the meeting we received a video recording of The Proietti Researching an Abandoned Child in Italy presentation from Melanie Holtz She has provided us with a link to so that...

  • Upcoming Meetings

    Michael Cassara professional genealogist and IGG member will be our lecturer for March He will speak on various software programs for genealogy Founding member Marie Scalisi will speak in April and Andrea has announced that Joel Cole son of Trafford Cole author of Italian Genealogical Records will speak from Italy at our meeting in May Also Maryanne Yenoli reports that the IGG website updates are complete You can now join or renew your membership with PayPal or your credit card on our website...

  • Grazie!

    Thanks to all the amazing bakers whose culinary abilities presented a gastronomic feast for all Thank you for your delicious desserts and for making our February Meeting via your skillful creativity a true early morning eye opener And to all those who contributed their time and energy to help with the clean-up thank you for always making yourselves available by your voluntary action at a moment s notice Without you it would then become a chore as it is we glide through clean-up as if skating on ice God Bless you Ann and Frank Chiappisi...

  • Who Do You Think You Are? Returns to TLC March 5!

    The family history TV show Who Do You Think You Are is returning to TLC March with a new host of celebrities ready to dive into their genealogy The television show which partners with Ancestry com pairs celebrities with genealogists determined to uncover their family history The stars travel the globe hunting for family ties and often discover family secrets The new season will feature Jessica Biel Courteney Cox Julie Bowen Jennifer Grey Smokey Robinson Liv Tyler Noah Wyle and John Stamos Whether you've just dabbled in your family history research or consider yourself a seasoned genealogist you will no doubt relate to the twists and turns of Who Do You Think You Are Source genealogyinsider family tree magazine...

  • Italian Boxer Irish Name - Inside the Ropes of America's Ring

    To the untrained eye it seemed that prior to the s there were few noteworthy American boxers of Italian origin-and a limited presence in the decades that followed But behind many Irish boxing names there frequently stood an olive-skinned dark-haired fighter with a hidden identity More than one thousand Italian professional boxers went by Irish pseudonyms Italian immigrants entered boxing at a time when the booming American economy took advantage of Italian muscle to fuel the nation's growth However the ruling elites-the very ones who benefitted from cheap immigrant labor-disparaged Italians describing them as biologically incapable and a burden on America In addition to enduring these attacks Italian immigrants came into conflict with the established Irish working class in almost every sphere of society They...

  • E-News from the National Archives at New York City

    Index Available Online U S Customs Service Personal Histories of Employees New York City appointed between and Thanks to the good work of volunteers from the German Genealogy Group an online index to U S Customs Service Personal Histories of Employees New York City appointed between and is now online at the GGG website http germangenealogygroup com records-search US Customs House php Finding Family Genealogy Series The Finding Family Genealogy Series is offered every fall September through December and spring March through June The series of workshops are free and open to all interested in learning about genealogical research using records from the National Archives The series will resume in March Spring topics and dates will be posted on our website when finalized http www...

  • The Origins of Italian Names

    In general European surnames last names began during the th Century In Italy this method of identification only goes back about five or six hundred years to a time when it became fashionable The th to the th Century was the time span when the practice slowly began but last names were not legally required until much later Following the Dark Ages when Feudalism began to collapse merchant classes began to rise As the Renaissance established a foothold the nobility were no longer the only people interested in keeping track of heredity The history of these periods of time and the people who lived in them established last names depending on professions personalities appearances beliefs types of employment and geographical areas of Italy No one...

  • A Live Map of 200 Years of Immigration to America

    This live world map that takes you through years of immigration Watch the totals in the lower left of the screen For the past years where have all the people been coming from Notice what happens after This map will tell you You can stop the flow at any time by clicking the arrow circle on the lower right side of the slide Each DOT represents people Go to http metrocosm com us-immigration-history-map html Submitted by Frank Progl...

  • Lower East side Tenement Museum - The Rent Is Due: A History of Rent at 97 Orchard Street

    Visitors to the Tenement Museum often ask about rent How much did the Moores pay in How about the Levines in or the Baldizzis in Rent is something many of us can identify with so knowing a family s rent can bring their story to life for our visitors Alas it s far easier to ask than answer this question As Jared Day notes in Urban Castles his history of tenement landlords in New York City written leases did not become standard until the s so we have few written records for what any tenement residents paid in rent before that decade What s more records from the s are hard to come by and we don t have them for the later tenants of...

  • MyHeritage Launches Photo Discoveries to Let Users Add Pictures of Ancestors to Family Tree

    Press Releases Silicon Slopes Utah County Press release Feb Lehi and Tel Aviv MyHeritage the leading international family history and DNA company announced the launch of Photo Discoveries an innovative feature which transforms family trees by automatically adding matching historical photos A Photo Discovery provides users with a set of photographs of ancestors and relatives they may have never seen before originating in family trees contributed by others Users can add the photographs to the matching profiles in their family tree in a single click Layered on top of MyHeritage s highly accurate Smart Matching technology which locates matching profiles in other family trees and Instant Discoveries which enable users to add entire branches to their family tree in just a few clicks Photo Discoveries...

  • This Underused Resource May Have the Family History Details You've Been Looking For

    Recently I discovered proof of a thrilling family story in a very unexpected place I had looked for this proof on birth death and marriage records in the federal and state census and just about everywhere else I could think of that might contain the specific piece of information I needed Just when I thought I had exhausted all reasonable possibilities it turned up suddenly in a location I had only stumbled on by accident A city directory I ll admit I ve known about city directories as well as town and county directories for a long time I have even used them once or twice in my family history research But I had never found them to be terribly helpful perhaps because they are...

  • Thank You Joanne Holmes

    Joanne Holmes was this year s second place Scholarship lottery winner She very generously donated her winnings back to the IGG scholar-ship fund in memory of my friend Barbara Florio...

February 2017
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