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  1. Finding Maiden or Married Names

    from the June 2005 issue

    I was browsing through the new French- Canadian Sources book from Ancestry the other day and I stumbled on an interesting fact Women in French society do not lose their maiden names They are called by their married names socially but in all official civil and church records they are known by their maiden name The identity of their spouse may be mentioned but not necessarily This usually carries over to their tombstones p I suddenly wished I had more French ancestors Seriously though locating our female relatives can be a challenge We frequently run into situations where we need...

  2. Finding Ship's Manifest

    from the January 2012 issue

    The jewel of family history documents for many of us is the actual Ship s Manifest listing our family member s arrival in America The manifest is usually the first recorded history of our family in America From the US census we can learned the year our family members first came to America Keep in mind however that the and census reports might indicate different arrival years Sometimes our ancestors forgot the actual year My maternal grandfather listed the year of arrival as and on three successive census reports A three year time frame is close enough to help to...

  3. Finding the Cemetery Where a Great-Grandmother is buried

    from the January 2014 issue

    The only information the family has is The lady's married name - Maria Benevento She died about or thereabout Somewhere in the Northeast USA Steps to start the research You can use the website ancestry com this is a pay website that has some cemetery listings or you can try the free cemetery websites to see if the name has been recorded by volunteers findagrave com billiongraves com internment net I decided to try the free websites first Maria s name not listed on internment net or billiongraves com The name Maria Benevento was listed on findagrave com with the...

  4. Finding the Cemetery Where Great - Grandmother is Buried

    from the May 2014 issue

    The only information the family has is as follows - The lady's married name - Maria Benevento - She died about or thereabout - Somewhere in the Northeast USA Steps to start the research - use the website ancestry com This is a paid website that has some cemetery listings or - try the free cemetery websites to see if the name is recorded by volunteers - findagrave com - billiongraves com - internment net I decided to try the free websites first - Name not listed on internment net or billiongraves com - The name Maria Benevento was listed...

  5. Finding Your Relatives in Italy

    from the March 2012 issue

    It all started out a few years ago when I learned of the Italian Genealogical Group in Bethpage and attended my first meeting as a guest From the moment I came into the meeting I was very w a r m l y g r e e t e d b y t h e members It was then that I knew this is an organization I wanted to be a part of The meeting started with an introduction of guests and new members who were asked the family name they are researching and what town they are from At...

  6. Finding Your Roots Season 3 to Premiere Jan. 5 on PBS

    from the January 2016 issue

    There's finally a premiere date for the third season of PBS' Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr Jan The show has been on hiatus after an internal review concluded that actor Ben Affleck had improper influence over producers' decision to omit a reference to Affleck's slave owning ancestor in the episode featuring his family history According to the Hollywood Reporter the show added an additional researcher fact-checker another genealogist and an expert in genetic genealogy Producers also instituted a more-rigorous process of obtaining releases from the celebrity guests whose ancestries are featured The lineup will include television producer...

  7. Fiorello La Guardia 1882-1947

    from the December 2015 issue

    Probably the most dynamic and colorful Mayor ever to occupy a city hall in the United States was Fiorello La Guardia Fiorello meaning little flower was born in New York City on December where one day he would be its greatest mayor - for years Fiorello although not much beyond -feet tall was always a fighter In fact when still a pint-sized child he excused himself from a brawl to get a chair from the schoolroom so he could stand as tall as the bully who was taunting him In La Guardia graduated from New York University Law School and...

  8. Fiorello LaGuardia - A Bit of Nostalgia

    from the December 2005 issue

    Fiorello LaGuardia - A Bit of Nostalgia Part I Ignatius DiGuardia This is written aboard an Italian ship cruising to the Caribbean Islands celebrating my st birthday yet I feel as if I were sitting on a high mountain top reviewing times past when I was just and making political speeches for Fiorello LaGuardia when he became mayor of New York City and the following years for his protege Vito Marcantonio who later became our congressman for many years apartments on each floor with common toilets We dreaded the winter weather because the toilet pipes would freeze Stickball was our...

  9. Fiorello LaGuardia - A Bit of Nostalgia Part II

    from the January 2006 issue

    Fiorello LaGuardia - A Bit of Nostalgia Part II Ignatius DiGuardia After the election of the new mayor a movie which clearly hinted at party corruption was produced Playing the part of Jimmy Walker was a well-known actor Brian Donlevy In one scene of the picture it showed the mayor rising from his chair while talking to someone seeking political favor The mayor walked to a wall showing a photo of Yankee Stadium and told his visitor there were in attendance at that game Obviously he was indicating that it would cost that much to get the favor Much has...

  10. First Impressions

    from the May 2005 issue

    First Impressions Paula Stuart Warren CGRS I recently began work on a new research project As I progressed through my usual preparation routine I realized that most of my work steps have not varied over the years The first impression when reviewing something new is often a fantastic impression I have learned to not just think about the project or task and the research process but to actually make immediate notes In the excitement upon finding or receiving a family clue or record my mind goes off in a dozen different directions Years ago after simply letting my mind go...

  11. First Impressions

    from the October 2013 issue

    I recently began work on a new research project As I progressed through my usual preparation routine I realized that most of my work steps have not varied over the years The first impression when reviewing something new is often a fantastic impression I have learned to not just think about the project or task and the research process but to actually make immediate notes In the excitement upon finding or receiving a family clue or record my mind goes off in a dozen different directions Years ago after simply letting my mind go in these directions I realized that...

  12. Five Steps to Organizing Your Research

    from the February 2004 issue

    This is not about organizing what you've already found It's about organizing what you are going to do What's Your Problem In genealogy we have many problems too many to work on all at once We are most likely to find solutions if we focus on a single problem and stick with it until we reach a conclusion either by finding the solution or by admitting that we can't do any more on it right now Be specific and keep a narrow focus Instead of Who was the wife of Samuel Smith consider the problem statement Did Samuel Smith's wife...

  13. Five Steps to Organizing Your Research

    from the January 2005 issue

    This is not about organizing what you've already found It's about organizing what you are going to do What's Your Problem In genealogy we have many problems too many to work on all at once We are most likely to find solutions if we focus on a single problem and stick with it until we reach a conclusion either by finding the solution or by admitting that we can't do any more on it right now Be specific and keep a narrow focus Instead of Who was the wife of Samuel Smith consider the problem statement Did Samuel Smith's wife...

  14. Focaccia de Castellana

    from the May 2008 issue

    This recipe was brought here more than years ago from Castellana Bari It was made of course from the basic staples found in the area at the time Flour onions olive oil ripe black olives were all produced in the local countryside Castellana was a reasonable ride from the Adriatic so I guess that s how they got the anchovies My first memory of this dish was that I didn t like it What child likes onions and anchovies But Grandma took care of me She would take some of the dough season it with olive oil and then bake...

  15. Footsteps Over Roads

    from the March 2004 issue

    Footsteps Over Roads Less Traveled Hearth Fire Revisited Fine-Tuning The Heartstrings The seasons have changed all too rapidly once again one blending into the other in an ordained continuum The world revolves silently on its axis Day falls into night into day The holidays have been tucked away the New Year gifts me early with another birthday It is in the folding and unfolding of the years whereby I have been gifted in another way unforeseen indirect finer than spun gold A health situation requiring my constant presence has called me home to the house of my childhood The journey...

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