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  1. Becoming Americans: The Italian Experience in the New World

    from the November 2013 issue

    Submitted by Michael Falabella America was discovered by one Italian Cristoforo Columbo and named after another Amerigo Vespucci Italians figured prominently in America's early exploration Giovanni Caboto John Cabot planted the Eng ish and the Venetian Flags in Maine or Newfoundland mistakenly considering it the main land of China The Florentine Giovanni da Verrazzano in explored northward from the Carolina coast to Nova Scotia The Verrazzano Narrows Bridge in New York is named for him Friar Marco da Nizzza explored in the southwest where his imagination transformed Zuni pueblos into the gold inlaid Seven Cities of Cibola Enrico di Tonti...

  2. Beginning Italian Research

    from the November 2008 issue

    Beginning Italian Research by Dr Marilyn Verna Italian Research does not just mean research in Italy There are some United States records that are written in Italian Dr Verna showed her grandparents marriage record from Brooklyn which was written in Italian Marilyn also has an Italian document received from a genealogy profiler Genealogy Profilers who can be found at heritage festivals and fairs charge you a fee for looking up your family Many are not correct they just follow a name not necessarily your branch of the name Other sources of Italian documents in the United States are Italian newspapers...

  3. Benefits of Dual Citizenship

    from the September 2009 issue

    The article below was submitted by Armand Tarantelli as a follow-up to the Ask the Experts discussion on dual citizenship at our April meeting The article was prepared by Bianca Ottone of My Italian Family and was published in the June-July issue of F L Primo magazine For more information you can visit www myitalianfamily com Acquiring an Italian passport gives you access to all European Union EU countries Dual Italian citizenship allows you to work anywhere in the EU It also gives you the right to vote in Italian elections and the option to retire to your ancestral land...

  4. Board Votes to Raise Dues

    from the January 2005 issue

    While preparing our operating budget for the - year the Executive Board noticed that our cash flow will be in jeopardy if we do not take steps to increase the income of our organization The reason for this problem is that we have not increased dues since the organization was created ten years ago but our expenses have escalated drastically The basic cost of printing and mailing ten issues of our newsletter is per member This leaves only of our current annual dues for monthly speakers' fees hospitality publicity website maintenance and all of our other projects Postage rates are...

  5. Book Review

    from the September 2006 issue

    Dances with Luigi by Paul Paolicelli Thomas Dunne Books-St Martins Press A grandson s determined quest to comprehend Italy and the Italians They say that there is little interest in anyone s genealogical research unless you are personally involved Paul Paolicelli is not a genealogist but rather a journa list He rented an apartment in Rome for three years enrolled in Italian classes studied Roman and Italian history and befriended his English speaking neighbors whom he called Luigi they became his guide and translator He not only made his research interesting but he also uncovered the family stories that were...

  6. Book Review - An Italian Boy's Life

    from the June 2013 issue

    By Frank J Tassielli Frank Tassielli s memoirs include short stories about his first six years of life growing up in Italy and then his life in America He separates the stories into two distinct areas those of his family members and their history and episodes relating to his own personal life His very close-knit family originated in Sannicandro a few miles outside Bari Although his memory is vague about the years spent in Italy prior to World War II he relies on stories related by family members His father Massimiliano left for America six months prior to the birth...

  7. Book Review: Innocent Heart, Laughter and Tears

    from the September 2004 issue

    Innocent Heart Laughter and Tears In San Nicola La Strada was a suburban town with five streets The only greenery in town was along the Via Santa Croce Behind the town from the rear windows of the stone houses you could see farms in the distance Everyone in town knew everyone else Strangers were seldom seen and most doors were kept unlocked during the days The townspeople were for the most part good decent and hardworking neighborly yet respectful of others' privacy Innocent Heart Laughter and Tears is a captivating account of the life of Maria Marzia Maiello her beloved...

  8. Book Review: Preserving Our History

    from the December 2013 issue

    Mario Toglia a member of our Italian Genealogical Group has just completed his second in a trilogy of books about immigrants from his ancestral town of Calitri Province of Avellino Like his first book They Came By Ship The Stories of the Calitrani Immigrants in America the narratives were written mostly by those who remembered their immigrant parents and grandparents However there are articles about unknown ancestors in which the writer was able to put flesh upon the bones using research methods suggested by IGG and other family history forums Preserving Our History contains stories about the Calitrani immigrants who...

  9. Book Review: Prickly Pears and Oleanders

    from the April 2004 issue

    Prickly Pears and Oleanders is a memoir that chronicles the intellectual and spiritual journey of a farm boy who left the mountains of Sicily for the skyscrapers of New York A basket full of memories and significant events bring the past to the present Colorful townspeople and amusing characters appear in the various scenes that slowly move the action from the prickly pears and oleanders of Sicily to the majesty of New York The soft cover memoir is page s long and contains pictures in black and white The author Mario Macaluso holds a PH D from the Graduate Center...

  10. Book Review: Under the Southern Sun

    from the October 2004 issue

    Book Review Under the Southern Sun Stories of the Real Italy and the Americans It Created Reviewed by Tony Zeppetella As members of the Italian Genealogical Group most of us would say that we are researching our Italian ancestors Yet many of our great grandparents were probably born in The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies ruled by the Bourbon Dynasty which only became a part of a unified Italy in Within this kingdom were the regions of Campania Sicily Calabria Puglia Basilicata Abruzzo and Molise Over of the immigrants to America in the great migration were from these southern regions...

  11. Bringing "€œValue"€ to Your Genealogical Society

    from the June 2009 issue

    We live in financially difficult times Many of us have as a result made significant changes in our discretionary spending We have deferred or given up non-essential items and statistics show that charitable contributions top out early in the year In short we have all had to become savvy consumers and many of us choose to spend our money on those activities that provide real enjoyment and value to us Genealogical society memberships are still a great value for your money If you belong to a local society each of your membership meetings is a social and educational opportunity with...

  12. Brooklyn Cemeteries

    from the January 2012 issue

    The Green-Wood Cemetery The Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in as one of the country s earliest rural cemeteries The -acre cemetery with hills valleys glacial ponds and paths contains graves As noted on its website an New York Times article stated It is the ambition of the New Yorker to live upon Fifth Avenue to take his airings in the Central Park and to sleep with his fathers in Green-Wood Click on the Historic Green-Wood link to view a dropdown list of options from which to select Select About History to read details of the cemetery s history Many notable...

  13. Buongiorno, Cicala!

    from the January 2012 issue

    Carbondale PA ancestors traced to Italian mountain village If your name is or was something like Barone Bianco Bifano Bruno Cardamone Ceraminara Cerminaro Cianflone DeFazio DeLeo Falvo Graziano Giggliotti Gillati Guzzi Lapera Mazza Mirillo Oliveri Mascaro Masco Perri Scalzo Scarpino Scavo Misko Ruggiero Talerico Tolerico Talarico Torchia Zazzara Mancuso then the mayor of Cicala Italy has a message for you Please Carbondale we want to hear from you Cicala Mayor Giacomo Muraca requested that message be personally delivered to Carbondale by Carbondale natives Anthony Cerminaro and his son Jeff following a trip last July to the home of their ancestors...

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