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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. Italian Parish Records Explained

    from the May 2014 issue

    Parish records began about in some parishes but by they were instituted all parishes although not all complied immediately Although some Catholic parish registers can be found on microfilm most of those filmed were from the Church of England parishes in Italy or from other religious denominations The Catholic Church generally speaking is very much against the filming of its parish registers or their reproduction intact The records are written in Latin until the th century Except in rare cases there is only one copy usually held by the local priest Diocese offices are beginning to gather these old records...

  4. Italian Prisoners in America

    from the December 2012 issue

    In when war broke out in Europe hundreds of Italian merchant seamen were stranded in the United States Many sabotaged their ships out of fear that their ships would be handed over to the British g o v e r n m e n t T h e U S government took custody of these Italian seamen An estimated were interned as enemy aliens at Fort Missoula Montana Unable to return to Italy where they would have most certainly have been drafted for combat these seaman spent most of the war safe sound and relatively happy in the United States...

  5. Italian Slaves in NY City

    from the September 2012 issue

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  6. Italian Success Story

    from the October 2011 issue

    As a member at-large of the NYOSIA I have the opportunity to read The Golden Lion Newsletter In the July-August edition I came across an article I thought our members would enjoy reading The article is written by Dr Ciro DeRosa who is a member of the Guglielmo Marconi Lodge Islip NY He is presently a Professor at the University of Phoenix AZ His article is entitled The Way We Were And What We Are Today In this article Dr DeRosa points out that in the late th and th centuries there was a massive migration of southern Italians to...

  7. Italian War Prisoner and Love

    from the April 2010 issue

    Dino Renna was an Italian war prisoner during World War II He and his regiment surrendered in Sicily in They were relocated to the United States Fortunately for him he met a beautiful Italian-American girl fell in love and later married her in Conversano Italy It took some effort on the part of them to arrange their marriage in Italy Finally love prevailed Here is their story Dino describes his Italian regiment as lacking food and wearing shoes with holes in a totally disorganized army When the Americans invaded Sicily his regiment surrendered willingly He was shipped from Africa to...

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