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  1. Alternate Service Records

    from the June 2009 issue

    Marie Varrelman Melchiori a Certified Genealogist sends along the following report in response to the article Alternative Service Records by George H Miller in the May issue of the IGG newsletter Marie feels that a caveat should be mentioned about the listing of Height and Weight fields of the soldier mentioned in the article The original database was from two series of records The Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File ca - Enlistment Records and Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File ca - Reserve Corps Records in Record Group Records of the National Archives and Records Administration Using the NARA...

  2. Alternative Service Records

    from the February 2006 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. An Immigrant’s Contribution to Mount Rushmore Is Recognized, 75 Years Later

    from the September 2016 issue

    Lou Del Bianco has been working to convince the National Park Service to recognize the contribution of his grandfather Luigi Del Bianco at Mount Rushmore There is a monument to the elder Del Bianco in Port Chester N Y where he settled Set in stone is supposed to mean immutable but Luigi Del Bianco s determined descendants just now appear to be winning the official affirmation that the Italian-American from Westchester County deserved long ago for shaping one of the nation s most famous monuments If being the chief carver at Mount Rushmore is not the American dream for an...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. An Old Cathedral and a Daily Aperitivo Two Good Reason

    from the March 2016 issue

    On any given weekend NoLIta s tastefully curated boutiques are brimming with avid shoppers Over on the Bowery the New Museum draws contemporary art lovers Seekers of spiritual atonement or the merely curious slip into the Basilica of St Patrick s Old Cathedral a historic sanctuary on the corner of Mott and Prince Streets Cradled amid fashionable cafes old walk-up apartment buildings and new multimillion-dollar dwellings the soaring softly lit cathedral was completed in Its stone edifice however dates to rebuilt after a fire engulfed the original frescoed structure in Another extensive restoration is currently taking place with work being...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. Ancestry Updates

    from the December 2016 issue

    Here are some recently added and updated collections on Ancestry New York State and Federal Naturalization Records - United States Federal Census New Jersey Death Index - New Jersey Marriage Index - New Jersey Birth Index - U S Selected States Dutch Reformed Church Membership Records - includes NY U S Select Military Registers - Pennsylvania Death Certificates - New York New York Death Index - New York New York Marriage Index - New York New York Marriage Index - U S WWII Draft Cards Young Men -...

  14. Ancestry Will Retire Family Tree Maker Software...

    from the January 2016 issue

    Ancestry has released the surprising announcement today that they are discontinuing their popular Family Tree Maker software we ve taken a hard look at the declining desktop software market and the impact this has on being able to continue to provide product enhancements and support that our users need With that we ve made the decision to stop selling Family Tree Maker as of December According to the blog post they will continue to offer support to current customers until Jan One of the major selling points for the software in past years has been the availability of Ancestry TreeSync...

  15. Ancestry.com Announces Landmark Probate Collection

    from the October 2015 issue

    Last week Ancestry com announced a new significant collection of databases U S Wills and Probates The collection contains more than million images covering all states and spanning years from to The documents mention more than million people including the deceased and others mentioned in the records This is the first time there has been a will and probate collection of this scale for the United States online Ancestry has invested several years and million to license and digitize these records The effort will continue for several years to come The choice to publish probate records demonstrates a dedication to...

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