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Current Newsletter Issue: December 2015

Article excerpts from the December 2015 Italian Genealogical Group Newsletter:

  • Italian Job Discrimination in 1888

    My son Stephen from Willington North Carolina aware of my interest in Italian job discrimination emailed me this article from originally printed on Facebook by Carmelina Corrado McCarthy from Hopatcong New Jersey NO ITALIANS ALLOWED On May council passed a resolution to the effect that parties receiving the contract for paving E Washington St shall bind themselves not to employ any Italian labor Mrs McCarthy said Italians still worked hard in any job that would take them Today I honor my grandparents who came from Sicily for their strength to assimilate into American culture while keeping their family values to pass on to future generations Grazi and RIP Today while some Italians are still discriminated against Italian-Americans rank high in professional and technological jobs thanks...

  • Computer Corner

    More websites from Tony Sasso Bob Johnson and Joanne Heffernan What was the Song on the day you where born COOL Enter a date and the song for that date will magically appear here Go to http playback fm birthday-song Names Etymology When people refer to the meaning of a name they are most likely referring to the etymology which is the original literal meaning This website looks at the etymology and history of all types of given names Behind the Name for Italian Names go to http www behindthename com names usage italian You can change the nationality in the upper right box Explore the NYG B eLibrary Access to the NYG B eLibrary is provided by the Findmypast website they now include access...

  • Organizit! Reducing Your Genealogical Clutter!

    Everyone has his own system If you want to locate information how long would it take you to find it Feeling organized is a state of mind Rhoda asks What s your style Can you find what you need Think small Chunk it Clean one file at a time and a filing system will evolve Consider what you need and how is it used Plan for expansion and color code family files When thinning out files do you toss it or do you keep it If it is easily available elsewhere then toss it Hard copies are important if websites change and the item is no longer available She has a - rule We use of what we have of the time Practice not printing...

  • Monday Mailbox: SSDI

    Dear Ancestry Insider Wondering if you have any information on when the SSDI might be updated It s almost a year behind and that s creating many problem Signed Unknown Dear Unknown I hate to be the bearer of bad news So I ll let Judy Russell do it See SSDI access now limited and her blog Bottom line The SSDI will continue to fall further and further behind until the first quarter of when it will be three years and up to three months behind It will then plateau and we will start to see updates but it will always stay that far behind Then at some future point our beloved congress will take it completely away from us Signed The Ancestry Insider...

  • Hofstra Celebrates Sinatra

    On Tuesday November I attended the Hofstra celebration SINATRA A Centenary Tribute Guest speakers were Pete Hamill and Gay Talese Both journalists wrote about Sinatra and what effect he had on their lives Gay Talese s parents came from Calabria Radio changed his life Sinatra made him feel like an American He said he was too young to know he was feeling anxiety but he felt it with Sinatra Guy came from Ocean City New Jersey It was not an Italian neighborhood His father was a tailor music that was played in the house was mostly opera He said Sinatra s gift was to redeem America Pete Hamill came from an Irish background He said he remembers how his mother s neighbor Mrs Caputo who...

  • Grunt Padre S.I. priest killed in Vietnam with his Marines

    He was a man of peace in a country at war not quite yet still an old man to the kid Marines in the surrounding foxholes Father Vincent Capodanno found his calling in Vietnam amid the jungle heat and mortar blasts a long way from the crowded Staten Island home where he arrived in the th child of Italian immigrants He died in Southeast Asia his body riddled with bullets in a North Vietnamese ambush on Sept Sixteen months later the Roman Catholic priest received the Medal of Honor the nation s highest military award The crew-cut lieutenant at his death and known to all as Father Vince also received a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts The Grunt Padre as Capodanno became known among...

  • Letters to IGG

    Enclosed is a check for in case I win just donate the winnings to the scholarship fund I think your changes were well thought out Not many rd or subsequent generations have the benefit of a language learned in the family Also not many schools especially here in Florida offer Italian Your requirement of a letter of recommendation is a compliment to the applicant and serves as a reminder of the trust and pride we place in them I wish you and the applicants continued success Sincerely Else Schutzman Submitted by Carol Galgano Dr Marilyn Verna and Lynn Ammirato at the Genealogy Fair held in Ridgefield CT in November The Fair was sponsored by the Genealogy Club of Newton CT...

  • 6 'Secret' Google Search Tricks for Genealogy That’ll Help You Find Your Ancestors

    Most of us use Google search to look for our ancestors on a regular basis After all once we re done searching our favorite family history sites directly Google is our best bet for locating new records online But finding valuable data via Google search can be hard since there are so many sites and so many pages of data After typing in an ancestor s name and a few details we often find that we ve turned up hundreds or thousands of results and most of them are irrelevant While this is true for all inquires via search it is especially true for family history searches because many sites have published long lists of names and dates including family trees transcribed book pages and...

  • Corrections to the November Newsletter

    The photo of the gravestone on page one was taken by Nick Rossi The caption after the photo Photo courtesy of Eric Find-A-Grave contributor should be deleted The photo on page two of the three Moleti brothers came from Eric s Find-A-Grave entry for Sebastiano Moleti After the photo insert Photo courtesy of Eric Find-A-Grave contributor...

  • Fiorello La Guardia 1882-1947

    Probably the most dynamic and colorful Mayor ever to occupy a city hall in the United States was Fiorello La Guardia Fiorello meaning little flower was born in New York City on December where one day he would be its greatest mayor - for years Fiorello although not much beyond -feet tall was always a fighter In fact when still a pint-sized child he excused himself from a brawl to get a chair from the schoolroom so he could stand as tall as the bully who was taunting him In La Guardia graduated from New York University Law School and resigned his job with the Immigration Department With in his pocket he set up his own law practice Five years later Fiorello entered politics and...

  • FamilySearch Updates

    FamilySearch has added more registrations to its online Italian collection Some images are new and others have been added to their existing material as follows Arezzo Civil Registration State Archive - Browse through images Caltanissetta Civil Registration State Archive - Added images to existing collection Grosseto Civil Registration State Archive - New browsable-image collection Enna Civil Registration State Archive Browse through images Imperia San Remo Civil Registration State Archive - Browse through images L'Aquila Civil Registration State Archive - - Added images to an existing collection Pesaro e Urbino Pesaro Civil Registration State Archive - - New browsable-image collection Ragusa Civil Registration State Archive - New browsable-image collection Toscana Civil Registration State Archive - Added images to an existing collection Trapani Stato Civile Archivio di...

  • Why I Couldn't Find My Great Grandparents on the 1910 Census

    While doing research on my maternal grandparents Giro and Luisa Villano Cioffi I obtained Vital Records Federal Census reports through and New York State and New York City Directories However I couldn't find them on the Federal Census Information known through previous research They were married in in New York City Each came to America in on different ships and were unknown to each other Through Death Certificates I knew Luisa's mother's maiden name was Teresa Aiello The name Villano was later Americanized to Villas Research Steps to find a listing in the Census if it existed - I decided to look for the Census for Luisa's mother Teresa Villano Villis to get the general neighborhood they resided No such Census found under that name...

  • The Inside Story: What Determines the Pace of an Indexing Project?

    In a previous article we discussed the steps a project goes through before it can be worked on by volunteers in FamilySearch indexing Now let s examine the path of a project as it begins to be indexed On any given day there are as many as different indexing projects to choose from everything from vital records to scanned church books naturalization records newspaper obituaries probate records census records and many more Some of these projects are easy and well-suited to the beginning indexer others are more challenging Because these projects vary so widely in size complexity and their appeal to volunteers predicting how quickly they will be completed is challenging However there are some interesting details that we have learned over the years about...

November 2015
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