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  1. Alternative Service Records

    from the May 2009 issue

    Fire is certainly the bane of genealogists I often think about what research progress I could have made if the U S Federal Census had not been lost in the Commerce Department building fire on January and to water damage Courthouses destroyed by fire during the U S Civil War either by troops or by citizens wishing to prevent opposing troops gaining access to records also have stymied my research Another catastrophic fire occurred on July in St Louis Missouri at the National Personnel Records Center NPRC Between and million official military pension records were destroyed and many more were...

  2. An Artifact Once Was Just Home

    from the January 2015 issue

    Lower East Side Tenement Museum Welcomes a Former Resident Rita Ascione made her way slowly up the steep narrow staircase at Orchard Street on the Lower East Side one recent morning letting out a few moans and groans along the way Her daughter Valerie Carmody tried to jolly her along Come on Ma you re always telling me that you used to fly up these stairs Fine but that was years ago In the early s Mrs Rita Ascione now was Rita Bonofiglio a small child living at Orchard Street on the Lower East Side on the building s fourth...

  3. An Italian Catholic Tragedy

    from the January 2005 issue

    This tragedy began happily enough in a small Italian village in Italy called Moliterno in with the birth of a man child called Vincenzo Orlando As Vincenzo grew into adulthood he looked for a young woman to become his wife and bear his children He searched and finally found just the woman he would call his wife and be the love of his life Her name was Maria Teresa also from the same small village Vincenzo and Maria left their tiny village and set off to America where they hoped to begin a family and to give this family a...

  4. An Italian on the GW Bridge

    from the November 2011 issue

    The George Washington Bridge connects New York City to Fort Lee NJ This is a story about a little known Italian-American who made a major contribution to the construction of that Bridge Frank Trani a civil engineer along with other Italians and other immigrants worked on the bridge for the Port of New York Authority in Frank was born in Messina Sicily the son of a shoemaker He was raised in Brooklyn and Trani attended Erasmus Hall High School where he became interes ted in engineering He attended Cornell University working his way through college It took him semesters including...

  5. An Unforgettable Day in Ficarazzi

    from the December 2004 issue

    not rule out classical as a favorite music type How often have we obtained information from sources such as census manifests and vital records only to find discrepancies in age given name and the spelling of the surname There are few documents available to the genealogist depicting an ancestor's own penmanship and that also contain information provided by the ancestor himself Some of these include a Social Security application documents pertaining to the Naturalization process and a marriage license The Slam Book offers relatives the opportunity to record their own information in their own handwriting Through research I have noticed...

  6. Ancestral Marriage Records

    from the March 2007 issue

    There are a variety of record sources pertaining to Italian marriages Let s examine them one by one First the civil marriages in Italy a century or two ago consisted of the future bride and groom entering into a solemn promise to wed This was done before a civil authority in the local town usually in the hometown of the bride Remember however the soon to be joined couple were generally from the same comune Four witnesses accompanied the couple most often siblings close relatives or best friends of each of the parties This record contains valuable data important to...

  7. Ancestry Databases

    from the January 2010 issue

    Did you know that you can have some powerful input with regard to the databases at Ancestry Right now there are two important ways that this can be done One is to correct really bad spellings of names in the database The other and more important option is to add the maiden name of a wife who is shown in the census What a great way to find those married female siblings of your great grandfather who are hidden in the census under the husband's surname assuming the husband's family genealogist posts the info Of course the reverse holds true...

  8. Ancestry Subscription Discount from AARP

    from the March 2015 issue

    The Ancestry Subscription Discount from AARP is for real You can save on an annual Ancestry World Explorer subscription if you are an American Association of Retired Persons AARP member A few weeks ago I published a post about the percent AARP discount to Ancestry com subscriptions for new or renewing Ancestry World Explorer subscribers There was confusion among readers and online about Ancestry s actual pricing for this subscription discount so here s what I learned when I called today to renew my annual subscription Membership levels There are now three levels of Ancestry subscriptions U S Discovery All...

  9. Angelo Fusaro

    from the January 2011 issue

    Fusaro ow Gave ame to Popular Strip of Beach What's in a name Take for example West Neck Beach in Lloyd Harbor It wasn t always known by that name Old-timers and older newcomers still find it difficult to call it anything but Fusaro's Beach And thereby hangs a tale The man for whom the beach was unofficially named is Angelo Fusaro who celebrated his th birthday on Wednesday July at his home located next to the property where he lived so much of his life in Lloyd Harbor Born in the Province of' Cosenza Italy in Mr Fusaro emigrated...

  10. Annual Christmas Party

    from the October 2006 issue

    ITALIAN GENEALOGICAL GROUP ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY Time Saturday December - PM Place Filomena s Restaurant Hempstead Turnpike Franklin Square New York - - Price Per Person MENU Salad Penne Ala Vodka or Rigatoni Di Pomodoro Entrees Select One Chicken Francese Chicken Parmigiana Eggplant Parmigiana Filet of Sole Sheet Cake Coffee Tea or Espresso Soda Regular or Diet Make Checks Payable to Italian Genealogical Group Mail to Mrs Barbara Florio North Beech Street North Massapequa New York - - Directions Woodridge Savings Bank Parking Lot North Side of Hempstead Turnpike blocks West of New Hyde Park Road...

  11. Another Case Study

    from the May 2011 issue

    Problem Finding any information about my cousin s natural mother who left her in an orphanage and whom she never met Only the woman s first name is known Raymonde Information Known Raymonde only lived in Manhattan after coming to America as a child She married a Henry Tron my cousin s natural father in the early s Raymonde married at least two more times after her marriage to Henry Tron Solution The US census would not help as the Census the one after the first marriage will not be released until April The date of her first marriage was...

  12. Another Case Study

    from the September 2011 issue

    Problem Finding the cause of death of a foreign war hero who came to America in the early th century Information Provided The man s name was Antonio Muzzarelli He died between and He was a war hero supposedly in Italy and a teacher during his years in New York City Solution Since he died in New York City I decided to travel to the NYC Archives on Chambers Street NYC Other options would have been to use the website for the New York City Archives nyc gov or the Italian Genealogical Group website italiangen org for Vital Records for...

  13. Another Case Study

    from the December 2011 issue

    Problem Find the cemetery where my great uncle Antonio Cioffi is buried when the birth and death dates are unknown Information Known The parents are Giro and Luisa Villano Cioffi two immigrants to America who were married in the early s in New York City The parents were buried at St Raymond s Cemetery Bronx NYC but the child is not Solution A review of the names on two websites listing the burial places of certain persons mentioned no Antonio Cioffi findagrave com and interment net The US Federal Census revealed that by April the date of the census Luisa...

  14. Another Connection to South America

    from the April 2015 issue

    The story related by Barbara Florio A Connection to South America is very similar to mine The Falabella name originated in Sanza Campania Italy and its surrounding towns My wife and I visited there but we couldn t find a single Falabella not even in the cemetery We were told that the bones had been dug up and sent to the church storage area Although I was unable to find one Falabella in Campania I could find them in many other places along with unusual stories about them In the mid- s a Falabella having an argument with a priest...

  15. Anthony DiBartolo

    from the September 2009 issue

    Italian American Museum Back in June Anthony DiBartolo Vice President Public Relations gave a presentation at the Italian American Museum It was a sell-out crowd and Francesca Tarantino gave a full report in the June st issue of Oggi magazine above Francesca was kind enough to translate the article for us If you think about your surname especially in the case of a not common one you always think that you know your roots but the internet and the world database have changed this conviction that everyone had Especially in the USA where most of the population has different roots...

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