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Current Newsletter Issue: November 2016

Article excerpts from the November 2016 Italian Genealogical Group Newsletter:

  • Indexes to New York City Marriage Licenses 1908-1929 Now Online

    From to New York City kept two sets of marriage records Most but not all couples reported their marriages to both the City Clerk and the New York City Department of Health See Leslie Corn s article City Clerk's Marriage Licenses New York City - One of th Century Genealogy s Best Primary Sources NYG B Newsletter now New York Researcher Spring Members can view an updated version published as a Research Aid article on the NYG B website This spring the indexes for marriage licenses from the New York City Clerk's office that were previously available only on microfilm onsite at the New York City Municipal Archives have been put on Archive org Marriage license indexes for - are currently available at the New...

  • Sad IGG News

    We are so sad to inform you of the passing of Bill Amadio on Friday October Bill was an active member of the IGG s Facilities Committee and along with his wife Josephine were active members of the Scholarship Committee Bill was a Korean War Veteran and a member of the Town of Huntington Veterans Committee Bill was always present at our IGG meetings to lend a hand and greet you with a smile He will be missed...

  • IGG 2016 Scholarship Winner, Dana Galgano's Italian Heritage, Winner of the Craig Lagnese Memorial Scholarship

    Being of Italian heritage has always been a significant part of my life As a large Italian family we have assimilated many traditions into our American lives but I always wondered where certain traditions began and who were the people in my past that deserve the credit I am fortunate enough to have an excellent resource in my family on genealogy my grandmother Carol Galgano She was an enormous help to me with a majority of the information on my father's side My grandma was able to give me the family trees of both of her parents my great grandparents Ethel Auer and Anthony Simone Incredibly both of these pedigrees have information about my ancestors dating back to the late s My great-great grandparents Vincenzo...

  • Queries

    Last month Patti Crispo requested help from our genealogy experts She knew that her ancestors were married at a church in Brooklyn at Lawrence Street by the Rev G Garofalo Patti requested help in finding the name of the parish so that she could obtain a copy of her ancestors marriage record We received several replies from our readers and they pointed to the parish of St Michael Archangel located in Fort Green Brooklyn The tools the researchers used to determine the parish are very interesting Janet Bonica searched for the Rev Garofalo on Google books and St Michael Archangel appeared in a Directory of Social and Health Agencies of New York on a list of Brooklyn and Queens churches Janet also provided a link...

  • October Meeting - Toni Mckeen

    Our guest speaker was Toni McKeen a noted genealogist lecturer and teacher The name of her lecture was Acquiring Italian Records Her Power Point presentation showed us the basics of Italian records which included copies of documents what is available and where to find them Toni walked us through methods to locate foreign documents what you will need to know before hopping the pond how to read them translation tips and how to determine what these documents really tell us How to Acquire Italian Documents Do your homework first There are regions of Italy Within those regions there are provinces and over towns Sometimes the town and the province have the same name i e the Town of Salerno and the Province of Salerno Interesting...

  • November Meeting

    For our November IGG meeting Elena Florenzano of Thinking Italian will show us how to translate Italian records...

  • 3 Tips for Using Google for Genealogy

    It s likely that we ve all turned to Google at some point in our genealogical research After all simply typing in our search topic hitting Enter and hoping for the best is one of easiest ways to be led to heaps of helpful and sometimes not-so-helpful sources But there s a better way to use Google for family history research says Lisa Louise Cooke host of The Genealogy Gems podcast I ve discovered that there actually is a methodology to using Google for genealogy said Cooke in her presentation at RootsTech There really is a science to it While there are many ways you can use Google to aid your research here are three of the most beneficial Formulate Specific Queries The first and...

  • New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians

    The book describes collections of particular interest to genealogists and provides clear direction on using the actual material as well as the Archives' emerging digital resources Chapters include sample records with analysis instructions for accessing each collection and a bibliography The New York City Municipal Archives Guide is available for loan at the IGG library...

  • Book Review: Daughters, Dads, and the Path Through Grief: Tales from Italian America

    Donna H DiCello Psy D Lorraine Mangione Ph D This book is about dads and their daughters and the relationships that developed through the years The authors quote Italian American women from different age groups careers and family structure Their thoughts feelings and reflections are representative of the Italian American woman in today s society The authors start the conversation with the basic demographic features of the dads Each interviewee gives a description of her father his character his life growing up little things he would say and do and the first memory she has of her father The ensuing chapters delve into the woman s relationships they created with their dads from childhood to adulthood Some fathers were very close to their children and...

  • Programs of the New York Public Library

    Workshop-New York Records Online Get started in online research This hands-on workshop will demonstrate where to find New York State and New York City indexes and records Learn how to search free and subscription websites Expected duration is minutes The workshop is free and no advance registration is required Wednesday November PM Presenter Susan R Miller Location South Court Classroom A Please see www nypl locations divisions milstein for more programs and to confirm the program time Program is free New York Public Library Stephen A Schwarzman Building Fifth Avenue between th and nd Streets...

  • Pittsburgh Chapter News - Roots in the Boot

    the last meeting of the season the speaker of the day was Bruna Riccoban She is the author of Memories of a Refugee Girl which relates her life under the control of Marshall Tito and his communist regime During the period from - Bruna and her family spent three years in refugee camps in Italy and Germany Bruna feels that this part of history has been neglected Her goal is to document her family's ordeal during and after the war and their eventual relocation to America It will illustrate the struggle to adjust to the American way of life and of her coming of age in a foreign country Her presentation made the audience aware of what the immigration experience was for the generations that...

  • Huntington Historical Society

    On December at PM Carol Proven will be giving a presentation Putting Flesh on Your Ancestors at the Commack Branch of the Smithtown Library Indian Head Road Commack NY For more information call - - On May the Huntington Historical Society with Carol Proven and Bill Chamberlin as co-leaders will sponsor their Annual Research Trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City A reservation deposit is due by January Call - - for more information...

  • Earthquake in Central Italy

    At our November meeting the IGG will continue collecting donations for the victims of the earthquake that occurred in the mountains of Central Italy on August November will be the last month for the collection If you wish to mail a donation to our PO Box be sure that the donation is marked for Central Italy Relief...

  • New York Public Library Digitizes 137 Years of New York City Directories

    New York Public Library is digitizing its collection of New York City Directories through serving them free through the NYPL Digital Collections portal The first batch through have already been scanned and the directories are right now being scanned The whole collection will be going online over the coming months Staff at NYPL are currently teaching computers to read the wobbly typeset to interpret the strange abbreviations and the occasionally slightly less than geometric layout of the directories to make the old print text machine readable The goal is to make the directories text searchable in powerful new ways in order to build datasets that will inform research in New York City history genealogy and beyond More technical posts on this work will follow Source...

October 2016
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