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  1. Initial Steps in Finding Your Ancestors

    from the December 2010 issue

    Their history is your history This has been the theme of my genealogy lectures over the years Nonna would have said it something like la lora storia e la nostra storia For many Italian-Americans our families may have immigrated to America about years ago My maternal great grandparents arrived at the Castle Garden New York City immigration station on May on the ship Vincenzo Florio having departed from Naples This was unknown to me until I started serious genealogical research But how do we start the research Begin With Yourself Gather all the family stories and documents you have Then...

  2. Initial Steps in Finding Your Ancestors

    from the January 2011 issue

    Finding the Immigrant Ship s Manifest With the initial research steps highlighted in the first Genealogy article we can now continue to procure other US records of our family Records that will reveal key information to ultimately obtain Italian records 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 learned the year they first came to America Keep in mind however that the and census reports might...

  3. Inside Story

    from the October 2010 issue

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  4. Interesting Articles

    from the February 2004 issue

    The following articles can be found on the Web Hopefully some of you will find them useful Below you will find a brief description of each article and the URL where it can be found - Port of Entry Can Help Find Ancestral Records While a few immigrants here and there came through the odd door most came through specified ports of entry http gentod com columns everyday html - Basics of Land Record Research The acquisition of land had an effect upon the colonization and settlement of the United States Land is human history Your research should always include...

  5. Interesting History

    from the March 2011 issue

    They used to use urine to tan animal skins so families used to all pee in a pot and then once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery If you had to do this to survive you were Piss Poor But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot They didn't have a pot to piss in and were the lowest of the low The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it think about how things used...

  6. It Happened in Italy

    from the November 2010 issue

    Ambassador chats with author Elizabeth Bettina about her new book detailing the experiences of Holocaust survivors in Italy Elizabeth Bettina is the author of the book It Happened in Italy Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust Released by Thomas Nelson Publishers in the book tells the virtually unknown and almost unbelievable story of Jews who survived World War II in Italy Bettina began researching the story in after being inspired by an old photograph of Jews standing on the steps of her maternal grandmother's church in the town of Campagna near Salerno...

  7. It's Not in the Court House

    from the May 2010 issue

    Five Reasons It's ot in the Courthouse Five Reasons It's ot in the Courthouse and divorce records in Nevada are only available from the county Since records may have been permanently relocated it is important to make contact with the county in advance of a visit or ordering records Reason Four Records Have Been Lost or Destroyed General William Tecumseh Sherman did not destroy every courthouse in Georgia as one genealogist once tried to convince me Nor did the Union Army destroy all the courthouses in Tennessee Mississippi and Alabama as others have tried to convince me Don't laugh though...

  8. It's What You Do With It

    from the June 2009 issue

    It s ot What You Find It s What You Do With It We ve come a long way technologically with family history research tools Years ago locating a record sometimes meant many hours cranking away at a microfilm reader and often transcribing the record because there was no machine to print it out Now with many records we can sit in the comfort of our homes and locate our ancestors with the click of a mouse Another click prints a copy and with another click we can attach it to our electronic family tree Voila We re done Ah...

  9. Italian American Experience Series at Hofstra's Cultural Center-Movie Review

    from the May 2014 issue

    I missed the first two presentations--one in February and one in March--but on April I was fortunate enough to see the film entitled Umberto E The film was made by the Award winning film maker Anton Evangelista It documents the story of his father Umberto The film leads us along his path of personal triumphs over childhood abandonment harsh treatment in orphanages and a rejecting stepmother The story of Umberto's life is one of hardship but his life is one of work love of family and not blaming others for what happened to him His mother died when he was...

  10. Italian Earthquake

    from the February 2006 issue

    Thousands Dead in Italian Earthquake Disaster Grows in Magnitude With Each Succeeding Report In Messina Alone It Is Stated That There Are Victims Vandalism of the Worst Kind Has Broken Out Martial Law Declared Rome Dec --South Italy and the Island of Sicily have been visited by an appalling calamity the extent of which cannot yet be grasped An earthquake yesterday morning wrecked city after city and obliterated smaller towns and villages without number Then a tidal wave swept along the Strait of Messina and added to the horror drowning the people in their helplessness and panic Fire came to...

  11. Italian Feasts

    from the October 2008 issue

    Reno Nevada Eldorado Feast - - - Eldorado Casino and Streets October - Valhalla New York Italian Heritage Feast Italian American Club October - - Newport Rhode Island Festa Italiana October Festa Italiana American Cup Road Newport RI October is Italian American Month celebrating the contributions of an estimated million Americans of Italian descent the fifth largest ethnic group in the United States Most Italian Americans are descended from nearly million Italians who came to the United States between and They brought with them many Italian traditions including a wealth of folk wisdom found in ancient proverbs Here is a...

  12. Italian Genealogy Events

    from the October 2011 issue

    On Saturday October p m a presentation offered in collaboration with the Alfonse M D Amato Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies L orda Storie canti e immagini degli emigrati italiani The Horde Stories Songs and Images of Italian Immigration The multi-media show in Italian with English subtitles features Corriere della Sera journalist Gian Antonio Stella who will recount the stories of Italian immigration - from his best selling book His free presentation will be accompanied by screened images and enriched with songs performed on traditional instruments by the Compagnia delle Acque The location is Stony Brook University s...

  13. Italian Immigration

    from the June 2011 issue

    More Italians have migrated to the United States than any other Europeans Poverty overpopulation and natural disaster all spurred Italian emigration Beginning in the s Italian birthrates rose and death rates fell Population pressure became severe especially in Il Mezzogiorno the southern and poorest provinces of Italy As late as the illiteracy rate in southern Italy was percent ten times the rate in England France or Germany The Italian government was dominated by northerners and southerners were hurt by high taxes and high protective tariffs on northern industrial goods Southerners also suffered from a scarcity of cultivatable land soil erosion...

  14. Italian Invades the New World

    from the June 2010 issue

    Shortly after the arrival of the Mayflower the first known Italian to set foot in New Amsterdam was Pietro Cesare Alberti DOB June on Saturday June He came from the Island of Malamocco near Venice Direct descendants of his bear the surname of Albertis or Burtis He comes from noble heritage born to Andrea Alberti and Lady Veronica Although baptized in the Roman Catholic Church he was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church where he married Judith Magnee Manje an early Huguenot family in the New Netherland on August They had children one of whom predeceased them He and...

  15. Italian Language Mass

    from the November 2006 issue

    Every Sunday at AM there is a mass in Italian at St Brigid s on Post Avenue in Westbury At Advent parishioners erect a Neapolitan style Presipio which remains displayed in the left transcept through New Years Day Take Old Country Road to Post Avenue north The Church is on the right at Holy Rood Cemetery...

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