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  1. A Brooklyn Bakery Named for No One

    from the April 2014 issue

    It was a peaceful late Sunday morning at Mrs Maxwell s Bakery in East New York but not for long Services at the Brooklyn neighborhood s churches were about to conclude We got crowd control ropes so we re ready said Jenny Laruy who works the counter And then a procession of cars and minivans began to stream into the bak-ery s parking lot Doors slammed and an army of well-dressed women in hats headed purposefully for the door Here we go Ms Laruy said You may have spotted it on Atlantic Avenue on the way home from Kennedy Airport...

  2. A Case Study

    from the April 2011 issue

    Problem Finding the orphanage where my aunt a girl named Caterina Gallucci resided after her parents sudden death Information Known Father Michele Gallucci mother Lucia Gallucci a sister Rosa and a brother Guglielmo Caterina was in a Catholic orphanage the family assumed in the Bronx NY Solution Checked the US Federal Census lists on Ancestry com The census revealed all the family including Caterina living together at that time The census revealed a Caterina Gallucci age years months residing at the St Joseph Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum Willoughby Avenue NYC in Brooklyn not the Bronx Using my computer search engine...

  3. A Cemetery Adventure

    from the February 2007 issue

    Unearthing the Past I have been investigating my ancestral heritage for years After using most of the sources I needed in the United States I ventured back to my homeland and spent several weeks in the churches archives cemeteries elementary schools la terra vecchia and the municipal buildings researching speaking to the local folk With all of this research I was able to get back into the s with all sides of my family There are bits and pieces that need completion with most of it residing here in the states One item is the resting place of my great...

  4. A Cousin Found......and Lost

    from the November 2007 issue

    My mother saved letters When she died there was a whole box of them letters I had written to her letters from her brother who had served during World War II and to my surprise letters from her uncle to his sister my grandmother The box was stored for a long time but upon discovering it a few years ago I became curious about this granduncle of mine All we knew was that he had served in World War I and had moved to the Midwest He would be dead by now but I wondered if he had had children...

  5. A Family History Overhaul

    from the December 2006 issue

    Whether your LDS ancestors pulled a handcart across the Plains or you have no affiliation with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints there's a wealth of information being processed for placement on the Internet beginning next year that can tie you to your family tree - free Thousands of Latter-day Saints in town for the church's th Semi-annual General Conference know something about their ancestry because they've long been taught to know who their progenitors are But relatively few know all of what's now available to help fill out their family tree including archives that chronicle the early...

  6. A Few Helpful Internet Sites for You

    from the April 2004 issue

    I spend entirely too much time on the Internet I suppose but it is just so fascinating A dozen years ago who could have known that there would one day be so much information on every subject imaginable at the tap of a few computer keys As a genealogical researcher I am fascinated by history geography sociology politics and many other topics that help me put my ancestors into context In Along Those Lines this week I want to share some Internet sites that may be of help to you Check them out and add them to your Favorites or...

  7. A Genealogy Gem

    from the October 2011 issue

    Have you ever noticed how nice we genealogists are Seriously Perhaps because we love doing what we do so much we always seem ready to help and encourage each other as well as give advice to beginners We share the excitement when a fellow researcher finds a new document When not spending time researching our own families we volunteer our time on genealogy projects and to the genealogy clubs to which we belong There are many sites manned by genealogists who are constantly uploading information and photos from their towns and states for fellow researchers Among this group of dedicated...

  8. A Gift to My Father

    from the November 2013 issue

    For Christmas I gave my father what most would consider a simple yet poignant gift a picture of himself with his father The gift however could never be considered simple You see my father never had his picture taken with his father In fact my grandfather Giuseppe Solomito died in when my father Andrew was only years old What led up to the creation of this picture started several years ago when I decided I was going to find my grandfather and present my dad with information about his father s arrival in America All my father ever knew about...

  9. A Letter Leads to New Cousins

    from the March 2013 issue

    After the February IGG meeting I arrived home to find a letter from Maryland The return address was from a name on my family tree This cousin was originally from Brooklyn then Long Island and now had retired to Maryland The cousin gave me his contact information and additional information for his brother on Long Island and another cousin in Rome This side of my mother's family was originally from Aidone Provinca d'Enna Sicilia Aidone is in the mountains of Sicily I would not have thought to do research in Rome The cousin from Maryland encouraged me to contact the...

  10. A Minor Naturalization

    from the November 2005 issue

    A Minor Naturalization Michael John Neill This week we look at a record that we have not utilized in this column before a minor naturalization A minor naturalization does not mean That the individual was a minor at the time of the naturalization That the individual worked in a coal mine that's a miner not a minor Before we proceed any further it is worth noting that for much of American history mostly men naturalized and before most naturalizations took place in some type of county court There are exceptions but generally women did not naturalize especially when they could...

  11. A Mothers€™ Day Interview to Honor Mom

    from the May 2011 issue

    May is the month traditionally set aside to honor our mothers I recently read an article by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack Interviewing Mom and Grandma Oral History Tips Genealogy com suggesting a very unique Mothers Day gift for Mom or Grandma We who are fortunate enough to still have these special people in our lives might consider Sharon s tip to interview the women in our family to preserve their life stories Sharon points out that women traditionally do not create as many public documents as men do so interviewing women provides an important picture of their private lives What is...

  12. A Ristori Family Mystery Finally Resolved

    from the February 2014 issue

    As a senior at Dowling College I chose to take a course with Dr Rhoda Miller titled Family Roots Search and Understand Throughout the course I did considerable research to resolve an oral history story about one particular ancestor I am very honored to be able to share my findings with you My father always told me that we were related to a famous actress who lived in Italy Adelaide Ristori My father knew about her because his great grandfather came from a family of actors and actresses He remembers my grandfather telling him about the politicians and well-known people...

  13. A Sacrifice: The Story of an Italian WWI hero

    from the November 2014 issue

    This year marks a century since the beginning of World War I To commemorate we share the touching story of Italian soldier Cesare Mele from Sezze south of Rome While the Central Powers consisted of Austria-Hungary and Germany Italy decided to remain neutral in and eventually joined the Allies France UK and Russia in May Once they entered the conflict Italian soldiers died were wounded and disappeared or were captured as prisoners of war MyHeritage user Lucia Fusco shared the story of Cesare Mele her courageous great-uncle who through his self-sacrifice was able to save his own family In Italian...

  14. A Short Story

    from the February 2006 issue

    During the search for my roots of all the bits and pieces of information that I have obtained thus far the most interesting and informative is my greatgrandfather Pietro Barasso's discharge papers from the Italian army His entire military history is hand written on the back of the discharge document Because of the age and flowery penmanship it took a while for me to find someone that could translate it I finally found Juliet Viola at jviola best com and she did an excellent job My great grandfather was the son of Alessio Barasso and Vencenza Blasi He was born...

  15. A Taste of Old Lucania

    from the May 2010 issue

    Italy s Unexplored Region Raffanata a pungent horseradish souffl Carne alla Pastorale an ancient shepherd s dish Ciambotta a medley of seasonal vegetables Baby pumpkins infused with hot chili peppers Agnello e Finocchio Al Forno oven-baked lamb roasted with bulbs of fresh fennel Zuppa di Fiori de Zucchini a soup of zucchini flowers Pastatelle chestnut turnovers Fuselli con Rafano the ubiquitous pasta dressed with fried bread crumbs cheese and grated horseradish And the renowned Lucanica spicy sausages once favored by the Romans These are part of a little recognized regional cusine of Italy in danger of being lost forever Few...

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