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Current Newsletter Issue: April 2017

Article excerpts from the April 2017 Italian Genealogical Group Newsletter:

  • Future of Family History Center Microfilm

    FamilySearch Family History Center staff are increasingly having hard times keeping their microfilm readers operational Parts are becoming hard to obtain On a Yahoo discussion group one staff member reported using O rings from a local machine shop to replace belts Another staffer reported being quite concerned last October when FamilySearch support indicated that Film ordering will be going away eventually and now is a great time to start removing unneeded readers This startled her because she understood it would be decades before all the microfilms that could be digitized would be posted on FamilySearch Another staffer reported hearing at RootsTech that only of the records had been digitized Another reported that some microfilm would never be digitized because of copyright It s actually not...

  • March Meeting - 21th Century Genealogy

    For our March meeting the guest speaker was Michael Cassara Michael is a professional researcher an IGG member holds a Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogist APG Michael operates digiroots GENEALOGY a research firm that specializes in Italian genealogical research The title of his PowerPoint presentation is th Century Genealogy Software and Web Platforms Here are some of the highlights th Century to th Century Michael took us back in-time to remind us as to how genealogy research evolved First there were the libraries He showed us a photo of Genealogical Computing and old floppy disks from Then the personal home desk top computer came out and later the lap top computer Today we have...

  • Pittsburg Chapter ROOTS IN THE BOOT

    Marilyn Holt discussed genealogy websites with emphasis on the Carnegie Library genealogy website along with the Platt Maps Sanborn Maps th century US newspaper archives and Pennsylvania Newspapers Members shared their family histories and artifacts Bruna Rubbicon new member and author discussed the usefulness of dual passports when traveling in Europe Interest in how one can prepare for a trip to Italy was expressed Bruna will present helpful hints as highlighted in her book An Insider s Guide to Italy Marilyn Holt introduced their speaker Thomas Mihollan Thomas has travelled and researched extensively in Italy His presentation was very well organized He divided his program into archival research and personal experience Thomas listed each of the Italian archival resources and the documents each one contains...

  • La Chiesa Valdese

    In Waldensian zealots returned to the Piedmont Valley This is known as The Great Return Nine hundred men crossed Lake Geneva and proceeded onward to the Waldensian Valley through rugged mountains and bitter cold taking hostages as they moved ahead The surprised Catholics of the valley abandoned their houses belongings and property and took to the eastern plains The Protestant Reformation did not put an end to the Waldensian persecution the Duke of Savoy was rough on the Waldensians but they endured Many later on joined with Protestant denominations becoming Lutheran Waldensian Methodist Waldensian etc Many migrated to other sections of Europe and later to South America and the USA Today there is a Waldensian settlement in Valdese a town in Burke County North Carolina...

  • Genealogy Tip of the Day with Michael John Neill

    Ignoring the First Wife I m not exactly certain what brought Andrew Trask to St Louis in the s but shortly after his arrival he married Ellen Weld She died shortly after the marriage and he married again and had all his children with his second wife Research has focused on the second wife because that s the one with whom he had children Clues as to Andrew s origins could lie in learning more about his first wife and his first marriage particularly as it took place shortly after he arrived in St Louis...

  • Antonio Meucci (April 13, 1808 - October 18, 1889)

    Antonio Meucci was an Italian inventor He developed a form of voice communication apparatus in and has long had champions arguing that he should be credited with the invention of the telephone Meucci set up a voice communication link in his Staten Island home that connected the basement with the second floor He was unable to raise sufficient funds to pay his way through the patent application He filed a patent caveat in which expired in In Alexander Graham Bell patented the electromagnetic transmission of vocal sound by ondulatory electric current There is a belief that the reason Bell got the idea was due to the fact that Meucci s wife sold him Meucci s documents and projects for a mere while Meucci was suffering...

  • Sources of Foreign Records

    American and foreign genealogy websites American genealogy clubs for your nationality Professional search firms Foreign telephone books finding relatives First we must obtain preliminary information Preliminary Information Required Spelling variations of your ancestors names The town or region of your ancestor not just the country In many countries the records are in local town archives and or religious archives The year of birth or at least an approximation Did they emigrate to a country other than America first because of the US quota system The year of immigration to America Sources of Preliminary Information US federal census records It will reveal the country of origin country of emigration naturalization status and military information Check all census years as questions vary Naturalization Papers Declaration of Intention...

  • Genealogy 101: #14 Marriage Licenses

    Introduction In this article part of an ongoing Introduction to Genealogy series Gena Philibert-Ortega discusses one of the most important family history records marriage licenses Gena is a genealogist and author of the book From the Family Kitchen Why do genealogists search for marriage records Genealogy is about confirming relationships through the generations One way to confirm relationships is to verify a marriage between two families Marriage records such as marriage licenses provide the tool to do that Now am I saying that everyone who had a child married No of course not but when we are connecting children to their parents one source we look at are marriage records So how do you start your search for the facts about your ancestor s marriage...

  • What song played the day you were born?

    Music has always been an intrinsic part of our daily lives When music was first broadcast over the radio in the early s popular singers and musicians reached a wide audience Music has the power to elicit great emotions in a listener Songs that you heard at important events in your life can be even more magical It s hard to forget those songs that played at your first school dance your first live concert or when you first danced with your spouse at your wedding Music has a way of lingering in our minds and securing a place in our memories for years to come When I hear a familiar song on the radio it takes me back to where I was when I...

March 2017
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