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Current Newsletter Issue: February 2017

Article excerpts from the February 2017 Italian Genealogical Group Newsletter:

  • The Initial Steps in Finding Your Ancestors

    Begin With Yourself Gather all the family stories and documents you have Then work backward generation by generation interviewing all the relatives you can adding more information to your initial profile We call this going from the known to the unknown Keep in mind also that while family stories are precious they may contain faulty information through years of retelling The records we will discuss will divulge the facts and provide initially unknown information Name Recognition Ironically the first stumbling block to overcome is defining the family-name and correct spelling when the family arrived in the USA It is a myth that names were changed at Ellis Island The ship s log was completed in the home country Names were changed by the new arrivals...

  • January Meeting-Ask the Experts

    For our January meeting the topic was Ask the Experts Members and guests were invited to pose research questions of our experts at the meeting or by email Our experts are Tony Lauriano Phil Figario Dr Marilyn Verna and Don Eckerle We tried the Go to Meeting format the menbers can watch the meting from home If it is not successful in the future we will use Skype The members are comparing the two programs to see what works better Here are the highlights of the Q A Peter De Pippo has posted the audio of the meeting in the cloud You can listen at https drive google com file d B UuiD obggR x bW XcWtaYWM view ts fe Question Lou Medal of Boulder...

  • For the Love of a Genealogical Index

    Genealogists live for the day that they find an index electronic of course that will help them locate or confirm a missing link in their family tree The index of the past was on paper in sheets or x cards or whatever and was often handwritten The genealogist that did not have an extensive amount of supporting information exact dates or locations of an occurrence etc had a difficult or almost impossible task of finding a handwritten often misspelled name in the body of a large index Luckily many indexes are being digitized The IGG website contains a number of digitized indexes If you haven t already visited the site go to http www italiangen org and click on the Database Searches box Digitization is...

  • Sicilian Genealogy and Family History

    Sicily has the best genealogical resource records in the world often permitting lineages to circa even for many ordinary families having no links to the aristocracy something extremely rare elsewhere in Europe Taormina s Greco-Roman amphitheater with Etna and the Ionian Sea in the background bestofsicily com The Best of Sicily offers some practical and realistic research suggestions They also offer some tips about where to find Sicilian genealogical records Visit their genetics page for information on the relationship between that science and genealogy and some notes on ethnology The Best of Sicily says that the existence of Sicilian genealogical records and the use of a surname in a specific family over many centuries often permits a lineage to be traced generation by generation to...

  • February Meeting

    Andrea Franz our program chairperson reports that Melanie D Holtz CG will lecture remotely at our February th IGG meeting via Gotomeeting Ms Holtz s topic will be The Proietti Researching an Abandoned Child in Italy This lecture focuses on a common problem in Italian genealogy when our research encounters an abandoned child Does our research end there What resources could be used to further the research What social and political intricacies were in play in these situations This promises to be an informative lecture with a lot of facts and research strategies that many people don t know Melanie D Holtz CG of Lo Schiavo Genealogica - NC Highway West Raleigh NC can be reached at Melanie holtzresearch com Her website is www italyancestry...

  • The New York City Marriage Index, 1950-1995

    Using the New York State Freedom of Information Law FOIL Reclaim The Records won the first-ever public access to the - marriage index for New York City over five million records It took them nine months many e-mails and one lawsuit They won a settlement in their favor in September and then received microfilms covering - and a database covering - Marriage records in New York City that are more than fifty years old are public documents and basic marriage index files right up the present day are open to the public When you click the link below you will find the first searchable database of the marriage licenses filed in New York City between - It s free public open data Start your free...

  • 10 Things Every Family Historian Should Do Once a Year

    There is never enough time to achieve everything we would like in our family history In the rush to find new information sometimes critical activities get forgotten So at least once a year it is important to take stock and check that we have not missed anything important to consider what we now need to do what is important and to make New Year resolutions to work on our family history in a smarter way and to have fun while we are doing it otherwise what s the point Below is our list of family history activities that you should make sure to do annually if not more frequently Share what you have found Much of the pleasure of family history research happens when you...

  • How to Get Better at Genealogy Without Leaving Home

    Family Tree magazine announces the Family Tree University Winter Virtual Conference coming up March - If you haven t been to one of Family Tree s Virtual Conferences here s what s terrific about it It brings the learning and camaraderie of a genealogy conference right to you home No need to book a hotel take time off work and spend your retirement fund on airline tickets and eating out Your computer and all your research materials are right there so you can immediately use the genealogy tricks you learn Your conference registration includes video classes yours to download and watch again and again daily live chats with genealogy experts networking via exclusive conference message boards and a digital swag bag of genealogy goodies from...

  • Genealogy 101: #6 Alternatives to Death Certificates

    Introduction In this article part of an ongoing Introduction to Genealogy series Gena Philibert-Ortega discusses alternatives to death certificates in order to find information about your ancestor s death Gena is a genealogist and author of the book From the Family Kitchen You want to confirm your ancestor s date of death so the obvious answer would seem to be that you should order their death certificate We discussed in the last article in this series see Genealogy Death Certificates how to find a death certificate but what if the state that your ancestor died in wasn t yet issuing death certificates when your ancestor died Now what It s time to consider some death certificate alternatives Death Certificate Alternatives Alternatives to death certificates are...

  • Polish American Marriage Database

    Now You Can Look for Grandma s Wedding The Polish-American Marriage Database is now available on the website of the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast It contains the name of couples of Polish origin who were married in select locations in the Northeast United States It includes the states of Connecticut Delaware Massachusetts New Hampshire New Jersey Rhode Island and Vermont and includes the years - The materials from Hartford CT and Jersey City NJ are now on the database The transcribers are in the midst of processing New Britain CT Marilyn Verna recommends that we check out this website It has a lot of Italian names and they all married in Stamford Source Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast...

  • Fee Increase for Immigration Records

    On December U S Citizenship and Immigration Services announced an upcoming fee increase effective immediately Filing fees increased for most forms and USCIS published updated versions of the forms at uscis gov forms They strongly encourage customers to download and submit these new versions which are updated with the new fees and have an edition date of They will accept prior versions of forms with the exception of Form N- until February However the new fees apply Immigration Benefit Request New Fee Old Fee G Genealogy Index Search Request G A Genealogy Records Request Copy from Microfilm G A Genealogy Records Request Copy from Textual Record USCIS is funded almost entirely by fees which must cover the full cost of processing immigration benefits The genealogy...

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