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Newsletter Issue: February 2014

Article excerpts from the February 2014 Italian Genealogical Group Newsletter:

  • January Meeting - Ask the Experts

    Tony Lauriano Dr Marilyn Verna Phil Figario John Martino and Don Eckerle Ask the Experts has become a popular venue there was ample attendance with many questions Most interest was in establishing Dual Citizenship and many need help with finding name changes and misspellings Dual Citizenship Q Does anyone have experience with the Italian Dual Citizenship process Answer Marilyn-Marilyn explains that she retains dual citizenship the principle of jure sanguinis is that you are Italian since birth The Italian Consulate will help go to www myitalian family com or www niaf org to determine which Italian Consulate has jurisdiction over your address The New York Consulate is located at Park Av e n u e - - o r ema i l statocivile newyork esteri...

  • NYC Records Online Today

    More than million New York City birth death and marriage records spanning nearly a century -- from to -- go online Thursday in a partnership between Ancestry com and the New York City Department of Records Municipal Archives The data highlights the city's importance as an immigration portal to America and is expected to be a boon to people researching their family history officials said Having this particular collection online at Ancestry com is so important to us because of the importance of New York City itself as an immigration hub said Quinton Atkinson director of content at Ancestry com the online family history resource We know that millions of people came through New York City Though Ancestry com has records from every state and...

  • A Ristori Family Mystery Finally Resolved

    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 she met because of her fame My father was told that his great grandfather was an actor who came to America to try out for...

  • 2014 Genealogy Presentations

    Dr Salvatore Primeggia will speak on Tracing Italian Immigrant History to the Italian American Present at the February th IGG meeting Water color artist Tony DiNucci will present an exhibit of his Lighthouse paintings at the East Meadow Public Library Front Street East Meadow NY The work will be on display for the entire month of February Opening reception on Sunday February from to PM Tony also has painting from many towns in Italy Tony Lauriano will be lecturing at various locations in the Hudson Valley and Connecticut as follows Cos Cob Library Sinawoy Rd Cos Cob Conn - - Saturday March AM Intermediate Genealogy Westchester Community College Mainstream Knollwood Center Grasslands Road Valhalla NY Tuesdays April - AM-Difficult Case Studies...

  • Everyone Has A Story

    As the respondent to questions posed on the IGG website I meet many people with interesting stories this is one from Ron DelBene Ron donated the book Italian- American Who's Who I asked him how he started his family research and this was his reply as written by him One story about how I got started in this genealogy story-search resulting in our family being recognized as Italian citizens and therefore all having dual citizenship and all because our son was in school and working in Verscio Ticino Switzerland and wanted to get a work permit A lawyer he was working with there asked if DelBene was Italian and explained the recognition law they had My grandfather I learned had applied for US citizenship but...

  • Ask the Lawyer - Advice on Italy‚Äôs Legal System

    Question What happens when there is no Last Will and Testament Answer Under Italian if a person dies interstate or without leaving a will the legal concept of legitimate inheritance prevails It is based on family relationship kinship which must be legally documented upon the known family tree For example father and son are first degree relatives grandmother and nephew or niece are second degree uncle and nephew are third degree cousins are fourth degree sons and daughters of cousins are fifth degree After the sixth degree of kinship there is no right to any inheritance Any remaining estate balance reverts to the Italian government Here are some examples of how the interstate law works A married man with three children dies interstate One third...

  • Case Study: Story of the Great Aunt Who Was Held at Ellis Island

    Family story that a great aunt with the married name Teresa Salvo was detained at Ellis Island for days upon her immigration to America Information known Husband's name - Salvatore - a shoemaker Children names - Salvatore Pasquale Josephine Catharine and Lina They lived in Brooklyn NYC Reasons Aliens were Held on Arrival to USA Illness Unmarried woman traveling alone with no one to meet them upon arrival Classification Symbols for Cause of Detention LPC Likely Public Charge LCD Loathsome Contagious Disease Such as Trachoma of the eye Canadian Crossing Investigate the possibility your ancestor came to America via The Canadian Crossing route Research steps Try to find Teresa's maiden name Italian and French women record their maiden names on documents after marriage so the...

  • The Names of the Dead - Avella, Italy

    Dusty registers with a whiff of mold Sit abandoned on sturdy metal shelves In disarray they stand they lean they crowd In tall precarious piles buried secrets Discolored by the touch of time Sifting the pages for ancestors long Forgotten my eyes scan unfamiliar Scripts round flourishes a river of words That flows densely on the page I become Witness as scenes unfold under my gaze The clerk dips pen to ink grates the black nib Into the rough texture of his paper He writes the names of the dead of newborns Of burials of matrimonial vows I see generations come to life Two shy young peasants on their wedding day Murmur their names ages parentage and Parish shuffle their feet as the word fee...

  • Computer Corner

    Margaret Willis who has been searching for the availability of more online Italian Civil Registrations has discovered the website of the Director General of the Italian National Archives In Italy the National Archives fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture the Archives website is called the Ancestors Portal and it is printed in Italian but it can be converted to English or Spanish with the click of a button For the Ancestors Portal website go to http www antenati san beniculturali it This is a link through the Minister of Culture s website In his description of the Ancestore Portal the Director General says that the Portal was born out of the necessity to make available the huge treasure of documents that are...

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