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  1. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the February 2007 issue

    Our profile this month is Bruno Lijoi an active year old member who lives in Farmingdale NY Bruno has been an IGG member since I recently had the pleasure of listening to Bruno relate his family story in a small group setting at our last IGG meeting I immediately knew that he had to share his story with all members I asked Bruno for a little background about his life and he humbly submitted Bruno tells me that the surname Lijoi is of Greek origin dating back to the town of Sant Andrea Apostolo dello Ionio in the current province...

  2. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the March 2007 issue

    This month s profile is on Earl C Julo Jr currently residing in Lees Summit Missouri Earl and his wife LaWanda have children grandchildren and great-grandchildren At age he is semi-retired but works for a company he started with years ago He mainly works from his home as benefits administrator with full responsibilities of trustee caring for the company s k plan s Earl started with the company as the data processing manager and eventually became the vice-President and treasurer of this same company Several members of his family now work within the company including his eldest son who assumed...

  3. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the April 2007 issue

    Our profile this month is on Peter R Bortolan a member since Peter hails from South Windsor CT and has really written an excellent story of his quest to learn about his family s roots He has put together a great article and we would like to present it to you in three segments over the next three issues So this month s profile is only Part I of a three-part story Let s read what Peter has so carefully written and entitled Roots Italian Style Roots Italian Style Part I In October my wife Ruth and I spent three...

  4. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the May 2007 issue

    Roots Italian Style Part II Peter R Bortolan The morning of Oct dawned bright I woke up with a headache which I assumed was from stress Our oldest daughter Cindy lives outside Boston and was going to drive us to Logan for our hrs flight So we packed the car and were off to her house She got us to the Alitalia terminal we checked through and were ready to go We landed at Malpensa an hour early a great tail wind The buses to the Milano railroad station were right outside the main door of the terminal The bus...

  5. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the June 2007 issue

    Roots Italian Style Part III Over the next three days we had a walking tour of Treviso and went to Carbonera to view and copy family records from to In Carbonera the pastor told us that when Napoleon conquered Italia he felt that the cemeteries should not be in the cities near the churches but rather should be out of town Consequently most old cemeteries were destroyed as was the one at his church The church had also been rebuilt in the middle of the th century so the old Bortolan memorials that had once been there were gone We...

  6. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the September 2007 issue

    Our profile this month is centered on Barbara O McHenry of Murray Utah Barbara became a member of IGG in September She writes a fascinating story of how the Oliverio family emigrated from Calabria to Utah and focuses her story on the essential role of her grandfather her father and her mother s brothers the Piccolo family Enjoy her story My grandfather Salvatore Oliverio was born on March in San Giovanni in Fiore Cosenza in the region of Calabria Italy He was the son of Pasquale Oliverio born on March and Caterina Allevato born on February Both Pasquale and Caterina...

  7. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the October 2007 issue

    This month s profile centers on IGG member and native New Yorker Ferdinand Guerra Fred lives in Floral Park with his wife Marion They have two children Fred Jr and Emma Fred s family research started in earnest about five years ago He has diligently and passionately dedicated a good deal of his time in research In fact I have seen reams of documentation he has accumulated just in that short time all very neatly organized and displayed in archival safe sheet protectors and stored in large three ring binders He is proud of his heritage and wants his children...

  8. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the November 2007 issue

    F e r d i n a n d J o h n Guerra s story Part II is continued in this month s profiles As stated in last month s article Fred is retired from the NYC Police Department He resides in Floral Park NY and has earnestly pursued his interest in his family roots for the past five years His experience in the police force has greatly helped him in tracing his family roots in Italy Right from the outset Fred set some very concrete goals and stayed focused on those goals He states At the very outset...

  9. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the December 2007 issue

    Our profile this month centers on IGG member Jan Graef who hails from San Dimas in California Jan and Dave her husband have been married for years and have three adult children Dave was born in Pennsylvania and moved to California as a toddler and Jan was born in New York and moved to California at age seven Their children were born in California Currently Jan is retired but over the years she worked as an insurance adjuster a clerk for K-Mart a special education instructional aide and at a variety of secretarial positions Janice who just started her research...

  10. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the January 2008 issue

    This month we profile Carol Galgano a resident of Oyster Bay and an IGG member since Carol has graciously shared some family research she has done Her story reminds us that researching family roots is an on-going process and everevolving story Sometimes the answers we discover through our research lead to more questions Truth or Myth Why I Started Doing Genealogy How do we get hooked on such a time consuming hobby working so hard sometimes to find out so little Curiosity about our families past could only drive us so far but how about a real mystery Questions linger...

  11. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the February 2008 issue

    This month we profile Joan Pellarin Sambolin a resident of Ponce Puerto Rico and an IGG member since December of Joan shares her family story with us as she diligently continues tries to fill in the blanks with her initial research on the paternal side of her family with roots in the northern part of Italy and specifically the region of Friuli-Venezia Joan admits that she has discovered little about her father s side of the family Most of what I have researched is merely the cut and dry dates and places The hopes and dreams the everyday struggles and...

  12. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the March 2008 issue

    Our profile for this month is focused on Christine Rose who hails from San Jose California Christine a member of IGG since has an array of genealogical credentials Christine is a Certified Genealogist Certified Genealogical Lecturer and Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists She has national recognition as a lecturer and author She earned the title Fellow from the ASG an honor bestowed by peers based on the quantity and quality of publications She has compiled numerous genealogies and articles as well as noteworthy books I count at least She also is the co-author of The Complete Idiot s...

  13. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the May 2008 issue

    Our profile this month brings us to Yardley Pennsylvania to Carolyn Franchi Carolyn has been a member of IGG for the past thirteen years I recently interviewed Carolyn via an exchange of e-mails and I asked her to write a little summary of her background and her interest in genealogy She graciously accepted this task Here is her story in her own words I am from Yardley PA which is just across the Delaware River from Trenton New Jersey although I grew up in the Bronx and then northern New Jersey I just retired this past December I was working...

  14. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the June 2008 issue

    As we wrap up another year of monthly meetings seminars conferences newsletters speakers browsing our web site and our ever-growing databases I would like to focus on IGG s most precious commodity OUR MEMBERSHIP Each of our members has a unique story to tell about his family and most have experiences of their own family research that they hold dear The purpose of this column is to encourage members to share these experiences with our readers I invite you to submit your story to us so that it can be shared Our profile this month brings us to New York...

  15. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the September 2008 issue

    As we begin another year of IGG I will do my best to encourage our readers by e-mails letters and phone calls to share their family stories with our members This month s profile is submitted to us by Anthony Lauriano a member of IGG who hails from Vly Cottage New York Tony enjoys the personal family stories in the Newsletter and as a genealogy lecturer he has done extensive research on his family The following is an excerpt from his family history manuscript on his mother s family Please note well that this story is a good example of...

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