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Current Newsletter Issue: December 2014

Article excerpts from the December 2014 Italian Genealogical Group Newsletter:

  • Computer Corner

    Here are more websites from Barbara Florio Marilyn Verna Anthony DiMarino and Phil Figario We have listed this site before however Michael Poveromo says Once you learn to use this site it is great You can find actual documents Go to http antenati san benicultural it q gallery The UK National Archives has a range of online tutorials on Latin and palaeography that will help you to read documents from the medieval period and beyond through practical activities and useful examples They also provide a currency converter so you can compare old money with new Discover how to read Latin with their interactive beginners' guide Use their step-by-step tutorial to take your medieval Latin to an advanced level with activities using documents held at The...

  • November Meeting - The Italian Immigrant Experience

    Here are some of the dramatic Ellis Island photos Toni McKeen used to describe the Immigrant Experience When they arrived in New York Harbor all came up on deck to see their new Country Arriving at Ellis Island Waiting in the Great Hall to be processed The men had to strip and line-up for the inspectors When inspecting for trachoma a disease of the eyes the inspector used a button hook to fold the eyelid over and inspect under the lid Vaccinated and Unloused ready to go Ellis Island had its own hospital It was the first public health hospital in the US A hospital stay was noted on the passenger list If the immigrant was held over he was served meals and was given...

  • MyHeritage.com New Collection

    New Collection Spotlight New York State Deaths - The New York State Death Index contains information on deaths recorded in New York State other than in New York City This collection will help everyone interested in locating New York State death records from to The Index contains information on decedents place and date of death gender age at death and the state file number Death certificates are a primary source for family information They are typically issued within days of a death and contain many details about a person's life Certificates often include age birthplace parents' names and birthplaces and the cause of death This specific database of New York State Deaths compliments the Social Security Death Index SSDI While SSDI does contain some records...

  • Common Occupations from the 18th through the Early 20th Centuries

    Bookbinding Manually binds the pages to a hard cover of a book Bookkeeper Works on financial data for a company or government office Bootblack Shines shoes Candle Maker Usually done at home by ladies Chauffeur In the ear ly year s drove a hor se drawn wagon Cigar Factory Rolling hand-made cigars Clerk Usually any type of office work In slang referred to as pencil-pusher This could also could indicate a religious cleric Coal Sells coal for heating and collects burnt coal Countryman Farmer or works in a rural area Dressmaker Makes par ts of dresses-collars sleeves etc or sews those parts into a dress Sometimes work was done as pieceworkers at home Feather Maker Designs feather s for use in lady's hats Garage Business...

  • Salute, Popoli!

    The Pope himself couldn t have picked a finer B B for us in Popoli Italy I feel blessed to have found Giada Gagliardi the owner of our B B Popoli is a comune in the provence of Pescara in the Abruzzo region When I first emailed her about my quest to come to Popoli the birthplace of my maternal grandmother Maria Venti to find her my relatives I mentioned her name and her date and place of birth Popoli in I was intending to go to the ufficio dello stato civile and do some research but when we arrived at the darling B B Giada had taken it upon herself to do all of that work She found all of the records of my...

  • Plainview Family History Library

    Bill Gimello has updated the list of micro filmed documents currently available at the Plainview Family History Center Manhattan Deaths Index - Drawer All Boro Deaths Dr awer Brooklyn Death Index - New Utrecht Deaths - Jamaica Births - Long Island City Births - Newtown Births Deaths - Staten Island Births Marriage Deaths - Drawer Manhattan Birth Index - Drawer All Boro Births - Drawer New York City Marriages and Early Births - Drawer Police Census This census is for Manhattan only It was taken by the Policeman on the beat going to every household Contains Name Age Address Drawer New York City Directories - incomplete and Divorce Index Drawer Manhattan Federal Census Dr awer Assorted Federal Census - Drawer New York Naturalization Records Manhattan...

  • The Family History Library Update

    The Family History Library transitioned from full-time and part-time professional staff and volunteers to only full-time and part-time professional staff and approximately volunteers This makes a huge difference in the quality of professional help available to you at the library We understand that FamilySearch is making a tremendous and wonderful collection available and with the state of the economy volunteer staff keeps the doors open for us to do research Family History Expos is committed to assist you to successfully research your family history They provide professional assistance with experts who have more than hours research time in the library and know how to use the Family History Library Catalog FHLC which is critical to accessing the collection The professionals have the ability to help...

  • FindAGrave Volunteer Accidentally Damages Tombstones

    The Olive Tree Genealogy Blog by Lorine McGinnis Schulze One of Tennessee's oldest church cemeteries had several tombstones permanently damaged recently A FindAGrave volunteer is suspected of damaging several historic graves with a wire brush at the New Providence Presbyterian Church on Stoney Point Road in Surgoinsville When questioned the man told police he wanted to get a better photo of the inscriptions on the tombstones for people who had requested photos After scrubbing the stones and taking his photos he uploaded them to the FindAGrave website The dark stain that builds up on tombstones over time was scrubbed clean in streaks over the engravings and in some cases the engravings were rubbed almost smooth to the point that the words are no longer legible...

  • Pittsburgh Chapter News "Roots in the Boot"

    Roots in the Boot had a table at the Italian Heritage Day at the Heinz History Center Many activities were presented on each of the History Center s floors They included Italian language lessons making family trees using the internet sites to locate immigrant records food tasting and booths pertaining to different Italian American Organizations It was a very successful event with people attending There were at one point many visitors who expressed interest in learning more about their heritage Michael Pelligrini presented a website Catholic Cemeteries Association of Pittsburgh which can help members locate cemetery burials Mondo Italiano and La Scuola d Italia Galileo two Pittsburgh groups were introduced as providing language instructions and organizing travel to Italy as well as Italian films In...

November 2014
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