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Newsletter Issue: March 2014

Article excerpts from the March 2014 Italian Genealogical Group Newsletter:

  • La Ricerca per Via Bonella a Roma

    The search began with a collection of postcards retrieved from my grandfather s former home in New York City The house at West th Street was to be sold and we were given the opportunity to search through the house for family papers and artifacts H u n d r e d s o f post- cards in albums were found in a closet These postcards were written to Grandpop s cousin Adolfo Contini in Rome The greetings were postmarked and mailed from various cities in Italy by a friend of the family The postcards are important because they revealed the location of an early Contini residence in Rome The address would show me where the family lived but more importantly could also show the...

  • February Meeting - Dr. Salvatore Primeggia

    Our guest speaker at the February meeting was Dr Salvatore Primeggia He lectured on Tracing Italian Immigration History to the Italian American Present His lecture was very comprehensive enlightening and current Here are some of the highlights The North of Italy vs the South Italian Unification took place from - The North and the South were two different Italys The North was more successful in preparing the legislation The Italian government was dominated by Northerners and Southerners were hurt by high taxes and high protective tariffs on northern industrial goods Because of their looks northern Italians were more accepted in America than the darker southern Italians The cusine in the South was the healthy Mediterranean diet It included tomatoes olive oil wine and garlic The...

  • Case Study-Was Our Name Changed In America?

    My parents and my paternal grandparents said our family name was spelled LAURIANO Starting with myself then tracing back through most of the th century I obtained records searching under Lauriano Suddenly I hit a road block using that spelling Was the name either changed or misspelled by clerks a possibility The notion that names were changed at the Ellis Island or Castle Garden Depots is a myth Known information The family settled in New York City where unknown when they came to America from Italy My great grandparents emigrated to America but my paternal grandparents were born in Italy Website for Name Spelling Variations A good website that helps pinpoint spelling variations is werelate org a free site Hit the box review name variants...

  • 2014 Genealogy Presentations

    Dr Marilyn Verna will speak at the North Merrick Public Library Meadowbrook Rd N Merrick NY - - on Thursday April at PM Her topic is Making Connections Across the Pond and Analyzing Land Deeds Found in NYC If you wish bring an electronic device that accesses the internet Dr Salvatore Primeggia will be giving two talks on Long Island They both deal with his presentation last month Tracing Italian Immigrant History to the Italian-American Present On April th Sal will be speaking at the Bayshore-Brightwaters Public Library South Country Road Brightwaters NY - - at PM and on May th he will be speaking at the Connetquot Public Library Ocean Avenue Bohemia NY - - at PM Tony Lauriano will be lecturing at various...

  • Immigrant Life

    Jim Dwyer in his About New York column that appeared in the New York Times last month reported on the opening of the new glass elevator at the Dyckman Street Station on the No line in northern Manhattan In his column Mr Dwyer recalled the construction of the city s first subway line The first subway line of New York the No burst from the ground at a place in Upper Manhattan called Fort George Hill around March having traveled two miles north from around th Street through solid rock It was a conquest of geology blasting through rock that had been there for millions of years an effort that cost the lives of mine workers who were crushed by a boulder From Fort George...

  • The Roseto Effect

    In the early s there was a migration of Italian immigrants to the northeastern part of Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania The immigrants came from the comune of Roseto Valfortore Province of Foggia in the Region of Puglia Roseto was tiny square miles yet it had two major railroads crossing through the town The attraction for the Italian immigrants and the two railroads were the slate mines When the town was incorporated in it was Italian Doctors soon learned that something unusual was happening in Roseto Rosetans seemed to be nearly immune to heart disease at a rate only half of the rest of America Doctors were mystified The Italians had horrible diets The Italians ignored the Mediterranean diet The people could not afford to import olive...

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