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Newsletter Issue: January 2014

Article excerpts from the January 2014 Italian Genealogical Group Newsletter:

  • Where Does the Truth Lie?

    Public records are an indispensable source for acquiring information about a person s life particularly when putting together a family s history If the records are open and available they are a reliable means for gathering information confirming what we have always heard and or discovering new and previously unknown data Their accuracy is secure if the material is drawn directly from the subject s own hand The story in my mother s family has always been that her father Mauro Codella had been naturalized and passed his U S citizenship to all his children born before World War I According to their v e r s i o n m y grandfather lost his citizenship because he had served in the Italian army during...

  • La Befana

    Do you believe in L a Be f a n a F o r centuries an old woman has delivered gifts to all the children of Italy on the eve of the Epiphany Little Christmas in a way that's all too familiar La Befana visits all the children of Italy and fills their stockings with candy and presents if there were good or gives them a lump of coal or dark candy if they were bad In many poorer parts of Italy a stick was placed in the stocking instead of coal Being a good housekeeper La Befana sweeps the floor before she leaves Some believe that when she sweeps the floor La Befana is sweeping away last year's problems The family typically leaves a...

  • IGG 2013 Christmas Luncheon

    In spite of the snowy weather our Italian Genealogical Christmas Luncheon at Filomena's Italian Restaurant was quite a success The food as usual was excellent with many selections of antipasto and entrees Fifty Five members signed up and only could not make it due to the snow Those who did not attend will receive their checks as Filomena s as usual only charges for those attending We were entertained by Teresa DeDuonni-Muldoon on the steel drum The winners of the Scholarship Raffle were Marie Scalisi and Dennis Duffy We hope all had an enjoyable and blessed Christmas and wish all a Happy and Healthy New year Art Filete Mario Toglia Father Domenic Mike Genovese Father Domenico of the Basilica of St Anthony in Padova Italy...

  • What Is The Future of Genealogy?

    When I started doing this work I had no illusions that my children would share my enthusiasm for their Italian ancestry They quietly supported my eccentricities as I pursued my passion Vincent my son showed some interest in my work when he came to hear me speak at the Italian-American Museum in Little Italy But I always had the sense that Dad was doing his thing I have participated in many discussions concerning the value of our scholarship program The essential question seems to be How many of these kids or their parents have joined our organization because of our scholarships Our answer has been that we give scholarships to encourage and promote an interest in Italian culture and hopefully genealogy Recent changes in the...

  • Genealogy 101

    If someone walked up to you and said Hi I am your third cousin Would you have any idea what they meant Most people have a good understanding of a basic relationship What about the relationship terms second cousin first cousins once removed We don't tend to speak about our relationships in such exact terms Cousin is good enough when you are introducing one person to another So most of us aren't familiar with what these words mean Sometimes especially when working on your family history it's handy to know how to describe your family relationship more exactly The definitions below should help you Cousins aka first cousin your first cousins are people in your family who have two of the same grandparents as you...

  • Computer Corner

    More websites from Anthony DiMarino Tony Sasso Joanne Heffernan and Joe Abraham Green-Wood Cemetery of Brooklyn has reorganized their archival materials Now you can search their on-line Burial Search database of those interred at Green-Wood by name and date of burial If you need further assistance they now have a genealogist on staff to answer requests and conduct research He will also provide reproductions of documents and photograph gravestones A Burial Search on the website is free and there is a schedule of fees for the genealogist services Just go to http www green-wood com burial-search Unseen images from the Gilded Age of New York Book opens doors to the mansions and lifestyles of the city's first millionaires Go to http www dailymail co uk...

  • The New York City Cemetery Project

    The New York City Cemetery Project documents the history of the city s graveyards Hundreds of cemeteries including small family burial grounds and churchyards as well as larger cemeteries containing hundreds thousands even millions of bodies have existed throughout the five boroughs since the th century Study of these cemeteries whether they have been lost in time or are still in existence provides much regarding the history of this ever-evolving city and its people and offers some intriguing answers to the question What does the city do with its dead This project and this site is the work of Mary French an anthropologist and museum archives professional who has been exploring and researching the city s cemeteries since moving to NYC in Information for about...

  • Finding the Cemetery Where a Great-Grandmother is buried

    The only information the family has is The lady's married name - Maria Benevento She died about or thereabout Somewhere in the Northeast USA Steps to start the research You can use the website ancestry com this is a pay website that has some cemetery listings or you can try the free cemetery websites to see if the name has been recorded by volunteers findagrave com billiongraves com internment net I decided to try the free websites first Maria s name not listed on internment net or billiongraves com The name Maria Benevento was listed on findagrave com with the following information - Died on December - Buried in New Jersey -At the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in East Orange Essex County New Jersey However is...

  • FamilySearch Updates

    In November FamilySearch has added some new images to their Italian collection These records are browseable online Agrigento Agrigento Civil Registration Tribunale - Catania Caltagirone Civil Registration Tribunale - Messina Messina Civil Registration Tribunale - Modena Civil Registration State Archive - Napoli Barano d'Ischia Civil Registration Comune - Francis Dattolico from the Comunes Of Italy Mailing List has been researching FamilySearch s browseable online Palermo records Frank sends following directions to help you search Go to familysearch org Click Search Scroll down the page until you see an outline of a world map on the left of the map click on Continental Europe Select Italy from the list of countries Scroll down the list of Provinces and towns until you reach Palermo Palermo You will...

  • That's Italian! His ancestral town dubs mayor elect "honorary citizen"

    The Italians are claiming New York City's mayor-elect as their own The town of Benevento in southern Italy - where Bill de Blasio's maternal grandfather was born - voted unanimously to name the mayor-elect an honorary citizen The town council of Benevento about miles northeast of Naples adopted a resolution calling de Blasio a man of sound moral values always close to the needs of the poorest of the poor who vigorously pursues battles of civilization equality and dignity according to the news outlet Il Quaderno De Blasio's grandfather Giovanni de Blasio was from Sant'Agata a municipality within Benevento He immigrated to New York City in It's such a special place for us de Blasio said in a statement I've walked the streets with Dante...

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