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Current Newsletter Issue: June 2015

Article excerpts from the June 2015 Italian Genealogical Group Newsletter:

  • 2015 IGG SCHOLARSHIP

    Our scholarship is becoming increasingly well known This year we had many applicants from all over the country This is fitting since the chances that pay fully for our prizes are bought by IGG members from many states Like our free online data bases our scholarships can bring our organization to the attention of those who have interest in genealogy If you think giving away money is so easy please join our committee to learn just how demanding it is This year thanks to the talents and efforts of our committee we were able to process a record number of applications to select our winners I would like to take time here to thank those who made it all possible First our members who generously...

  • Lauren Goeke's Italian Heritage - 25 % and Proud!

    I first became interested in my Italian heritage when eleven of my family members traveled to Italy six years ago We visited our cousins Lena and Elio Castellano who live in Rome and spent a few hours listening to stories Nana translated most of the parts we could not understand Pressing olives standing in the shadows of Mt Etna and other stories fascinated me We traveled to Venezia Firenze Roma San Gimignano and Siena but our tour did not take us to Sicily I have vowed to return to Italy and to go to Comitini to find the Grassagliatas and Fanaras who may still live there It's a town of fewer than people and it's where my family's story starts Thankfully my grandma Nana had...

  • May Meeting: The Holocaust in Italy

    Last month s guest speaker Professor Stanislao G Pugliese is a professor of modern European history and a member of the Queensboro Chapter of UNICO National and a Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies at Hofstra University He provided a fast-paced oral lecture entitled The Holocaust in Italy The John D Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College in Manhattan celebrated Calabria in USA NYC Professor Pugliese and Rabbi Barbara Aiello were scheduled to appear at the Calabria celebration on the afternoon of the IGG meeting Barbara Aiello the first woman rabbi in Italy begins her th year as Italy s only modern liberal rabbi She continues to serve Jews throughout Europe Barbara can help you with your Jewish roots in Italy See...

  • Italian Football Weddings

    How many of our members are old enough to remember Italian football weddings I have fond memories of this kind of wedding As a youth in the s and s I attended a significant number of football weddings in my home town of Camden New Jersey One particular wedding sticks in my mind It was the wedding of my cousin Dorothy Scogna and Rudy DiRenzo on November The wedding took place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Hall which was located on Division Street in Camden across the street from my maternal grandmother s house Many of these weddings were held in church halls or Italian fraternal halls which were rented for - an amount that equaled a blue collar worker s wages for one...

  • Correction’s to last Months Newsletter May 2015, Volume 21, Number 5

    Page After editing the photo collage for the Italian American Museum the printer reinserted an old collage The correct collage is now included on Page of this newsletter Page Because of a miss-identification the photo described as Mr Luigi Palatucci is incorrect Our thanks to Marie Varrelman Melchiori for her expertise and for alerting us to the correct passport photo from Ancestry s passport collection...

  • Ellis Island expands its story of US immigration history

    AP -- Not all of the stories at Ellis Island's immigration museum are about someone's great-grandfather arriving as a boy from Europe at the start of the th century With the unveiling of a new exhibition Ellis Island is telling stories of immigrants who have come as recently as the start of this century decades after the last arrival was processed through its doors Combined with a section that opened in looking at immigration to America pre-Ellis Island the museum is taking on a broader mission of showcasing the country's entire migration history not just the time it was open from to It makes the museum continue to be important relevant said Stephen Briganti president and CEO of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation Why...

  • Book Review: The Inheritance By Marianne Perry

    Many novels have been written about the peasants of Southern Italy and their struggles to survive on land basically owned by a landowner This story although fiction relates the experiences and relationships between the padrone and the servants The story takes place in the first quarter of the th century in Calabria The author uses her personal recollection of her travels to her grandmother s home town to set the stage Her words capture the beauty of the countryside Anna la signora of the estate in Cetraro lovingly cares for an orphaned servant girl Caterina as her own despite her husband Santo s disapproval Caterina and Anna s youngest son Lorenzo grow up together and become very close Under the tutelage of the local priest...

  • More on Interment Lists

    In reference made to Joanne Heffernan s ar ticle Calvary Cemetery which appeared in last month s edition of the newsletter Mike Falabella writes that he has relatives from both sides of his family buried in St John s Cemetery also a Catholic cemetery located in Queens NY near Calvary Cemetery Several years ago he had his mother s brother interred in St John s While waiting in the cemetery office he was asked by one of the clerks if he knew the location of the grave site The plot is an old burial site purchased by his great-grandfather in When he said Yes the clerk asked if he had anyone else from the family interred there He told her the name of his great-grandparents...

  • Where Do Indexing Projects Come From?

    An average set of historical records goes through many preliminary steps before it can be indexed by volunteers Here is a summary of the path projects take on the way to indexing and publication Records Discovery and Prioritization There are a lot of historical records in the world Many of them are well-known to genealogists others not so much Before any collection can be indexed by FamilySearch volunteers it must first be discovered FamilySearch representatives often discover collections of value by talking to archivists librarians county clerks and genealogists who know their local records well Preferred are records that describe family relationships contain vital information births marriages and deaths and cover a broad section of the population Field Negotiation Once records of genealogical value are...

May 2015
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