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Newsletter Issue: April 2014

Article excerpts from the April 2014 Italian Genealogical Group Newsletter:

  • February Meeting-Fire! Flood! Hurricane! Hard Drive Crash!

    Guest Speaker Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer presented Fire Flood Hurricane Hard Drive Crash Are You Prepared for a Disas-ter Christine is a profes-sional librarian and a ge-nealogist with a back-ground of maintaining computer data Recalling the Long Island disaster stories of Hurricane Sandy Christine knew that she had come to the right place Back-up Copies Back-up digitized files on computer disks CDs and External Hard Drives Christine says flash drives are the best way to back-up data You should rotate the data to or flash drives Cloud storage is a new internet storage service designed to store your personal back-up files The brands Christine mentions are Microsoft Cloud Drop Box or Carbonite Charges are reasonable and they will also enable you to share your files with out-of-state...

  • La Ricerca per Via Bonella a Roma Part II

    Last months newsletter contained an article about searching for Via Bonella by Alexander Contini Alex thinks that more of his photos of the Archway from Via Alessandrina would be of inter-est to the membership He says that it would help people to better understand what happened to Via Bonella Here are more of Alex s photos The view of the archway from Via Alessan-drina across the excavated Fori di Nerva The archway from the Fiori di Nerva...

  • New genealogy blog launches: Genealogy by Barry

    Genealogy by Barry includes content from Barry J Ewell s eight-plus years in genealogy and family history mentoring and conference presenta-tions Each month new and fresh material will be added to the blog amongst the categories which include Digitizing This category will introduce articles covering all aspects of digitizing and pre-serving you family history Family Treasures Book This category will provide an in-depth overview of Barry s book Family Treasures Lessons Tips and Tricks for Discovering Family History You can also find sample chapters of the book Genealogy Research This category will include articles providing research guidance tips and tricks to successfully finding your family Genealogy Webinars This category pro-vides past recordings of the most popular webinars that Barry J Ewell has conducted Each webinar...

  • Where Was Grandma's Dry Goods Store?

    Information Known My mother indicated that my maternal grand-mother came to America when she was about or years old and attended school up to the th grade Her maiden name was Luisa Villano and she married Giro Cioffi before the turn of the th cen-tury in East Harlem NYC She eventually opened a dry goods store in the East Harlem neighborhood Where was that store and is there a photo of the building Steps to proceed with the research Check the US census reports from on to find the couple and ascertain an address and occu-pations The census indicated the family Giro Louise Luisa my known aunts Theresa and Rose and my uncles Albert and Joseph lived at Sec-ond Avenue in East Harlem It listed...

  • Linkedin-Italian Genealogy Don't Overlook The Sopranome

    Allen R Independent Writer Songwriter and Editor A sopranome is a nickname used to distinguish family groups of the same surname in small com-munities An example might be that there are five Giovanni Battista Rizzi males of similar age living in the same small village The sopranome helps eve-ryone understand who's who A sopranome may describe physical character-istics of an ancestor grosso magra etc what the family did for work falce pane scarpe etc where the family lived sasso dosso bosco etc or unu-sual facts about the family sacro mamone etc Sopranomi often actually became surnames when you go back to very early records An th century family in the Val di Sole became Malanotti as the sopranome was adopted as a formal surname Years...

  • Avoid The Frustration of Chasing The Wrong Family!

    I bet I know the answer to what those who are actively involved in discovering their family tree which is otherwise known as genealogy find most frustrating I am sure that they will tell you that there is nothing more frustrating than spending hours and sometimes days researching only to dis-cover that you have been looking at bad infor-mation or even in the wrong family It is a problem that plagues everyone who has ever started to investigate their family tree and one that you should try to avoid Obviously it wastes your time it can lead you down long incorrect roads and it can really be frustrating So how do you avoid this pitfall Well there is no one magic answer to keeping yourself...

  • A Brooklyn Bakery Named for No One

    It was a peaceful late Sunday morning at Mrs Maxwell s Bakery in East New York but not for long Services at the Brooklyn neighborhood s churches were about to conclude We got crowd control ropes so we re ready said Jenny Laruy who works the counter And then a procession of cars and minivans began to stream into the bak-ery s parking lot Doors slammed and an army of well-dressed women in hats headed purposefully for the door Here we go Ms Laruy said You may have spotted it on Atlantic Avenue on the way home from Kennedy Airport a block long bright red beacon among the endless string of collision repair shops You won t find Cronuts or salted caramel macarons here instead...

  • Computer Corner

    More websites from Joann Heffernan Marilyn Verna Anthony DiMarino Nick Rossi Barbara Florio and Frank Progl Project Manager Business Analyst Joe A asks does Italy do censuses If so what years what is included and where can I obtain this information Go to http www linkedin com groups Italian-Genealogy- trk groups item detail-h-dsc goback Egde member for an interesting Italian genealogy blog on Linkedin Do you still have questions about dual citizenship Check out this website https www uscitizenship info citizenship-lib-dual htm Calvary Cemetery in Woodside NY has upped the ante for the first name on an interment list search and for each additional head in the grave Check out the Cemetery Fee Schedule on their website http www calvarycemeteryqueens com How Brooklyn Neighborhoods Got...

  • For All Those Born Before 1945

    We Are Survivors Consider the changes we have witnessed We were born before television before penicil-lin before polio shots frozen foods Xerox plastic contact lenses Frisbees and the' PILL We were before radar credit cards split atoms lazar beams and ballpoint pens before pantyhose dishwashers clothes dryers electric blankets air conditioners drip-dry clothes and before man walked on the moon We got married first and then lived together How quaint can you be In our time closets were for clothes not for coming out of Bunnies were small rabbits and rabbits we were not Volkswagons Designer Jeans were scheming girls named Jean or Jeanne and hav-ing a meaningful relationship meant getting along' with our cousins We thought fast food was what you ate during Lent...

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