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Current Newsletter Issue: October 2017

Article excerpts from the October 2017 Italian Genealogical Group Newsletter:

  • IGG Help

    After obtaining information about the death of Captain Owen Owens from the IGG databases Mair Evans tried unsuccessfully to contact Linden Hill for the gravesite location Mario Toglia Vice President Special Projects contacted the cemetery office for Mair and found the exact plot location The cemetery buried the Captain as a courtesy and it was free to sell the no-title site to others What follows is the story of Mair s search and her trip from Wales to visit the gravesite at Linden Hill To Mario Toglia I saw your message Do you want help and yes I do I have been trying to find the plot in Linden Hill Cemetery Brooklyn where a relative was buried on May His name was Captain Owen Owens...

  • Case Study: To Find Records for My Wife's Great-Grandparents

    My wife is trying to get records from Italy of her great-grandparents She is not sure of her great grandmother s first name maiden name or region in Italy To start the search we must procure American records to ascertain basic info as to names and location of residence I decided to try to get social security records and naturalization records which would provide some of this information Using Ancestry com I searched for Salvatore Ferrarella my wife s paternal grandfather The website had information both from his Social Security Form SS- The website provided the address to obtain a copy of the form and his naturalization papers These records indicated her great-grandparents names including the maiden name and the town they resided The American...

  • September Meeting - IGG Program Director Andrea Franz

    Guest speaker for last month s meeting was Andrea Franz and her subject was Creating Heirloom Quality Christmas Gifts Andrea displayed customized books pictures and frameable family trees all creations she made for her family Since the holidays will be here soon Andrea will help you create unique personal gifts for your loved ones Andrea has been making these creations for many years using several of the popular photo programs After completing several projects she felt that she needed something that would better reflect the history of her Italian immigrant family for future generations She decided to make a hard covered photo book choosing the Photobook America software for her base document Photobook America is all about letting you create beautiful photo books You can...

  • A Family Reunion: Keeping the Ties Together

    Three generations of the Cestone Chesto family gathered at the Hotel Maron in Danbury Ct in early August for a cousins reunion All were descendants of Giuseppe and Francesca Margotta Cestone who had settled in Danbury in the first decade of the s from Calitri Italy Since the last gathering some years ago their children - long gone but not forgotten - were represented by photos on a family tree posted to a wall The or so attendees including a new generation of millennials were asked to place a leaf with their names on an appropriate branch The organizers Shirley Bernadette and Stephanie did their best to make this a memorable and teachable occasion Poster boards with the old family photos were placed around the...

  • Brick Wall or Detour

    When it comes to genealogy you will hear many people say they have reached a brick wall They say they cannot find the information they need or they have gone as far as they can go Sometimes they become frustrated and think about giving up About six years ago I instructed my genealogy class to change the language they use to frame their seemingly impossible quest Language is important because it has the power to motivate or demotivate They say they have hit a brick wall A brick wall implies something impenetrable or the end of the road If you believe those words they become a self-fulfilling prophecy Instead of brick wall I like Detour Detour tells you a change in direction is needed to...

  • Allegati (vari) Records of Caccamo, Palermo

    Joyce writes I saw your notation in the September newsletter in regards to Personal Genealogy Research Stories Recently I had a research break through of a nd great uncle from Caccamo Sicily I was so excited over this find I wrote a story on my research to put in my Ancestry com family tree When I read your notation in the newsletter I decided to send you a copy Thank you for such a great newsletter I enjoy it immensely The search for my great-grandfather s brother had me deep into the Family Search Catalog sections of Italy It all began when my cousin who visited our grandfather s birth town of Caccamo told me he had met ancestors of our nd great uncle Giuseppe...

  • Sad News

    I am so sad to inform you that Carol Ann Galgano passed away on Monday September Carol was a hard-working Scholarship Committee member who helped to establish the original IGG Scholarship Program Carol was a friend to all and she will be missed...

  • October IGG Meeting

    Our next meeting is October th Janeen Bjork will speak on My Italian Origins Arpino and Isola del Liri Italy Travel to and immerse yourself in two of the most beautiful and storied Italian towns you've never heard of while picking up some tips on researching and recording your family history Janeen will take us on a family history adventure that spans several centuries and two continents...

  • IGG 2017 Christmas Luncheon

    Saturday December at PM Filomena s Italian Restaurant Hempstead Turnpike Franklin Square New York - - Menu Hot Antipasto Pasta Salad Choice of Chicken Francaise Chicken Parm Eggplant Parm Broiled Salmon Cake Wine Coffee Tea Espresso Per Person Please Pay by November Parking Ridgewood Savings Parking Lot North of Hempstead Turnpike Blocks West of New Hyde Park Road...

September 2017
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