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Current Newsletter Issue: December 2016

Article excerpts from the December 2016 Italian Genealogical Group Newsletter:

  • Book Review: The Office of Strategic Services and Italian Americans: The Untold History

    Salvatore J LaGumina Ph D Director Center for Italian American Studies Nassau Community College has recently sent this press release announcing the publication of his new book I wish to inform you about my the twenty-first publication that I have either edited or authored the newly published book titled The Office of Strategic Services and Italian Americans The untold History published by Palgrave Macvmillan October I consider this one of the most important works that I have ever done because it examines the heretofore unknown role that Italian Americans played in the OSS the World War II spy agency predecessor to the CIA They parachuted into frozen mountains tops to link up with Italian guerilla units in northern Italy or hovered in small patrol torpedo...

  • The Sicilian Journey

    Last month I attended a program entitled Italian Heritage Month at Nassau Community College One of the speakers was Professor Sal LaGumina from St John s University The professor spoke about the Sicilian Journey Sicilian is a Romance language spoken on the island of Sicily and its satellite islands It is also spoken in southern and central Calabria in the southern parts of Apulia and Campania on the Italian peninsula Most sources describe Sicilian as being distinct enough from standard Italian to be considered a separate language Some assert that Sicilian represents the oldest Romance language derived from Vulgar Latin the language used by the Roman occupation troops Sicilian has the oldest literary tradition of the Italic languages Few could read or write before Unification...

  • November Meeting - Elena Florenzano

    Our guest speaker was Elena Florenzano from Thinking Italian School of Italian Language and Culture Her topic was Translating Old Italian Documents Elena provided some fresh information on Italian genealogical documents Elena said that between and five million Italians immigrated to America They came from all regions of Italy but mainly from southern Italy She said Long Island is home to Italian-Americans The Italian State According to Elena it is important to know how Italy is organized in-order to better understand the documents Italy is now composed of regions The regions are the first level of organization each with a governor Each region is divided into Provincia Comuni could include Fratzioni similar to American counties towns and villages The Provincia is an administrative division between...

  • 9 Things You Can Learn About Your Ancestors From the Cemetery

    Changing scenery and pleasant temperatures make Fall an especially good time to visit cemeteries alongside a genealogy buddy for fun and safety Seeing the gravestone and viewing records in the cemetery office may yield ancestry information you won t find in an online database of burials although online databases are very helpful too The latest issue of Family Tree Magazine October November has our Genealogy Workbook on cemetery research You ll also find essential guidance in Family Tree University s two-week course on Doing Cemetery Research your access to course materials starts as soon as you register Here are nine things you can learn about ancestors from the cemetery Name and birth and death dates Most tombstones have the deceased s name although sometimes you...

  • The Three R's of Researching Roman Catholic Church Records

    Roman Catholic records offer a wealth of information for genealogists They are particularly useful when official civil records of key life events birth marriage or death are unattainable or unavailable Tracing these records for your Catholic ancestors can sometimes be challenging but worth the work Follow these three R s for research success Note This article focuses on researching Roman Catholic Church records in the United States When contacting Catholic churches in other countries you may find that accessibility availability and procedures may vary Registers Sacramental records are the first types of documents you should look for when researching your Catholic ancestors Find these records first in local churches where they are usually kept chronologically in parish registries The two most valuable are records of...

  • E-News from the National Archives at New York City

    December th- Finding Family Ask the Experts Join us on Tuesday December th for our free work workshop Ask the Experts Come ask Connie Potter retired NARA archivist and genealogist Roger Joslyn and Leslie Corn both Certified and Forensic Genealogists questions about navigating your genealogical research journey The panel will also provide examples and tips to aid your research This program will be held from Noon to pm in our rd floor Learning Center Our Finding Family Genealogy Series is offered every fall September through December and spring March through June The series of workshops are free and open to all interested in learning about genealogical research using records from the National Archives Visit our website to view the full listing of fall Finding Family...

  • New Database Additions to the IGG and GGG Website

    The German Genealogy Group and the Italian Genealogical Group have been given databases from the National Archives They contain names from the Civil War War of Titanic and Lusitania You ll find these listed under Ship Travel Records and under Military on the IGG website and under Federal on the GGG website menu Letters Received from Districts in the Southern Division - Records of the Provost Marshal General s Bureau Civil War The entries include the district name the letter s sender and receiver its subject date and comments Certificates and Related Records of Men enlisted in the Navy - The entries include name enlistment type town enlistment length bounty status age occupation birthplace substituted for name draft status and comments Southern District of New...

  • Ancestry Updates

    Here are some recently added and updated collections on Ancestry New York State and Federal Naturalization Records - United States Federal Census New Jersey Death Index - New Jersey Marriage Index - New Jersey Birth Index - U S Selected States Dutch Reformed Church Membership Records - includes NY U S Select Military Registers - Pennsylvania Death Certificates - New York New York Death Index - New York New York Marriage Index - New York New York Marriage Index - U S WWII Draft Cards Young Men -...

  • Missing Beginners GenealogyClass Notebook

    Dear Members When I teach my Beginning Genealogy class I use six notebooks that I share with attendees Each of these contains copies of several examples of documents census church records directories etc However in preparing for this year s sessions I discovered that one of these which is in a blue plastic report cover was inadvertently not returned to me last year Would those of you who attended one or both classes last year PLEASE be so kind as to search for this and return it to me or one of the officers either as soon as possible either at a meeting or mail it to me at Mead Lane Westbury NY This is a very important item and I deeply appreciate your cooperation...

  • Holidays Mean Cookie Time!

    Although I usually try to avoid homemade baked goods I made an exception for some cookies that were rapidly disappearing from our refreshment table at our November meeting What a mistake to make as I found myself returning for more I found the lady responsible for such temptation Loretta Valenti She was kind enough to share her recipe She has baked them for so long she no longer remembers where she got the recipe Cream Cheese Squares T butter C brown sugar C sifted flour C chopped walnuts cup sugar oz packages softened cream cheese eggs T lemon juice T milk T vanilla Cream butter brown sugar together Add flour nuts Mix well Set aside C of this mixture for topping Press remainder in bottom...

November 2016
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