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Current Newsletter Issue: June 2016

Article excerpts from the June 2016 Italian Genealogical Group Newsletter:

  • These Old Passport Applications May Hold the Missing Genealogy Info You Need

    Many family historians are not aware of the fact that millions of passport applications were collected by the US Department of State between the years of and These applications are kept by the National Archives and Record Administration NARA and are packed full of personal information that can help you in your research such as birth date and location name of father or husband names of children occupation and much more In some case there are even photographs Don t think your US ancestor could have applied for a passport You might be surprised to hear that travel was actually quite common during this time period The National Archives points out that Overseas travelers included businessmen the middle class and naturalized U S citizens who...

  • Sherlock Speaks

    In the movie The Agony and the Ecstasy Pope Julius II insistently questions Michelangelo about the completion of the Sistine Ceiling When will you make an end of it The master equally insistent responds When I m finished Someone once asked me a similar question about researching a family tree I simply said When you quit Genealogy takes patience and persistence Inevitably the researcher incurs roadblocks but I contend that some perhaps not all can be overcome with imagination willingness to find resources and elbow grease Am I the all-answer person Definitely not or my own roadblocks would have been resolved However there were times when surmounting some made going afield not only fun but interesting So here are a few adventurous hints used over...

  • IGG Query

    Dear IGG Representative I am looking for a person who posted on Ancestry under the name CASAZ and I am hoping that this person might also be an IGG member I am assuming that this person is a CASAZZA as I am also This person has pictures which I also have but my pictures have no names CASAZ may be the key to the unknown If CASAZ is a member or if anyone knows this person I would appreciate a contact through IGG Thank you Nancy J McNamara San Antonio TX Note If anyone can help Nancy contact IGG by email italian genealogical group gmail com...

  • The Bell That Followed Him Home

    What he'd yet to understand was that in many Italian towns life revolved around its town bell It rang to announce births and celebrate marriages It rang to mourn deaths It rang to signal the end of the workday the time when men could go home to their families The bell was their spirit And Licata's bell had been commandeered by Mussolini just a few days before the Americans arrived Their -year-old bell had been taken down from the Palazzo di Citta in order to be melted and molded into gun barrels for the Fascist army Though it wouldn't be easy and as odd as it still sounded to him Toscani made this his top priority he would find Licata a bell Amidst his efforts...

  • 2016 IGG Scholarship Winners

    First Prize winner is Salvatore Anthony Prevosto of Sayville High School Sayville NY Second Prize winner is Luke Ciaglia Lindgren of Canyon Crest Academy San Diego CA Memorial Scholarship Honoring Josephine and Vito Battista donated by Sabina Anselmo Winner is Joseph Illuzzi of Plainview-Old Bethpage John F Kennedy H S Plainview NY Memorial Scholarship Honoring Craig Lagnese donated by Jo Solometo Haslam Winner is Dana Galgano of Oyster Bay High School Oyster Bay NY Memorial Scholarship Honoring John Martino Winner is Katelyn Marie Dellojoio of North Paulding High School Dallas GA Here s a copy of Salvatore Anthony Prevosto s winning essay Discovering My Family History My parents and my grandparents have always told me stories of what it was like growing up and later...

  • May Meeting-One-Name Studies for Italian Genealogy

    The presentation at last month s meeting was One-Name Studies for Italian Genealogy What are they and how can they help you research by Michael Cassara at DigiRoots net Michael is a professional researcher holding a certificate in genealogy from Boston University He is registered with the Genealogical Speakers Guild and he is an IGG member What is a one-name study Michael says that it s a project researching all occurrences of a surname as opposed to a particular pedigree or descendant Some one-name studies generally restrict their research geographically perhaps to one country but true one-names collect all occurrences worldwide The study will indicate the geographical distribution of the name and the changes in that distribution over the centuries You should reconstruct the genealogy...

  • Public Presence "Hanging Out Your Shingle" or Social Networking

    One of the most important goals is attracting new members into your group researchers and cousins You are encouraged to open your own website start a Facebook group establish a mailing email list or a newsletter Guild of One-Name Studies The Guild of OneName Studies is the worldwide center of excellence in one-name studies and promotes the interests of both the individuals and groups who are engaged in them Established in and registered as a charity in the Guild provides its members with the means to share exchange and publish information about onename studies as well as encouraging and assisting all those interested in one-name studies by means of conference seminars projects and other activities The Guild has established standards for their members They now...

  • Roots in the Boot Pittsburgh Chapter News

    The main branch of the Carnegie Library in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh had a series of Italian movies Many of the members attended each week and are eagerly awaiting the new season to begin The group has been focusing on preserving the family stories for future generations Their speaker was Elizabeth Kim a professional writer and editor to guide them into the world of self-publishing Her first recommendations are To convert your files into a Word Document This is compatible with most software that is used for self publishing Proofreading is of the utmost importance After once reviewing your stories set them aside for a month Then reread them reedit Have someone read your story aloud to you Check for commonly confused words using...

  • Five Resources For Finding Early Immigrants to the US

    Looking for early immigrants to America before passenger lists were required in Try these resources which you'll learn more about in our online workshop How to Find Your Ancestry Before May - Passenger and Immigration Lists Index s s This index by P William Filby and Mary K Meyer compiles information from a variety of records It's in print at many libraries and searchable on Ancestry com MyHeritage com and through HeritageQuest Online available at many libraries Early passenger lists A few early lists exist For example Philadelphia passenger lists from through with a break during the American Revolution are transcribed in Pennsylvania German Pioneers by Ralph B Strassburger and William J Hinke and the National Archives has microfilm of some early lists for New...

  • Computer Corner

    As a follow-up to our previous reports on Alien Registrations Armand Tarantelli has submitted a Wikipedia report entitled the Internment of Italian Americans The report refers to the government s internment of Italian nationals in the United States during World War II similar to that of the internment of Japanese Americans and internment of German Americans At the outbreak of World War II all persons born in Italy living in the United States whether US citizens lawful full-time or part-time residents or as members of the diplomatic and business community where considered by law enemy aliens In there were Italian immigrants in the United States Some were taken into custody and detained under wartime restrictions You can see the full report including a full chronology...

May 2016
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