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  1. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the June 2010 issue

    Part III Revelations and Future Goals Anyone who has worked with microfilmed Italian records at a LDS Family History Center knows that the foreign language is the least of his worries Darkened water damaged records are more of an issue Reading these records is further complicated by a scribe s poor handwriting No matter how good your vision use a magnifying glass Even then you may not be sure of the spelling of an unfamiliar name To remedy these problems before I asked poor Giovanni to retrieve Erice certificates for me I did a number of things First I ordered...

  2. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the September 2010 issue

    As we begin another year of newsletters I am gearing up for another round of membership profiles to share with our readers This column Profiles from the Four Corners is really about members and their genealogical journeys toward discovering their ancestors The four corners refers to the fact that IGG has members from all parts of the world and we would like to encourage members from the various locations to share their stories with us This is the purpose of this column Take the time to write your family story your legacy to your children It would also be wonderful...

  3. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the October 2010 issue

    This column is usually dedicated to profiling a current memb e r o f o u r I t a l i a n Genealogical Group This month I would like to dedicate this column to a member of our group that recently passed His name is Joseph Gazza and he had been a member of IGG since and hailed from Halesite New York I asked his daughter Jeannie to compose some thoughts about her father to share with our readers Joseph was so proud of his Italian heritage and especially his parents and what they accomplished in their lifetime...

  4. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the November 2010 issue

    November is traditionally a time to remember our ancestors whether it be a religious commemoration like All Souls Day or a civic day like Veterans Day It is with this in mind that this month s profile focuses on Jack Rampulla a resident of New Hyde Park New York His wife Peggy is his soul mate and sweetheart Jack is a high school teacher in Queens County New York He has early childhood roots in the lower East Side of Manhattan and ancestral roots in Sicily I interviewed Jack and witnessed first hand the work he has done gathering documentation...

  5. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the December 2010 issue

    This month s column is focused on a few select members of IGG our army of volunteers and our most recent members I write this column in the context of the Christmas season that is quickly approaching Let us also remember the true meaning of this season the birth of Christ His birth and life was the ultimate in paying it forward for all mankind The feast of St Nicholas on Dec th reminds us that the season of gift-giving and Santa Claus originally began with a real person a man who became a saint by paying it good deeds...

  6. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the January 2011 issue

    As we begin a new year let us vow to put our family story in writing so that our children may inherit and preserve the memory of our ancestors We must gather our family s vital records documents photographs heirlooms and oral history and begin to write a story putting flesh and bones on at least one of our ancestors It does not have to be perfect or complete it simply has to be a beginning Our key objective as genealogists is to keep family history alive linking one generation to the next in an ongoing continuum Telling our family...

  7. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the February 2011 issue

    For this month s profile I have sought IGG member Rev Robert Sirico to do us the honor of sharing a family story related to his genealogical quest Father Robert Sirico is president of the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids Michigan and pastor of St Mary s Catholic Church in Kalamazoo Michigan His brother Tony Sirico is an actor well known for his role as Paulie Walnuts in HBO The Sopranos The Acton Institute website gives a glimpse of Father Robert A Sirico s professional profile He obtained his Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic University of America after...

  8. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the March 2011 issue

    This month we feature Tara Trentalange Leopold who hails from Lakewood Ranch Florida but is originally a New Yorker from Staten Island She is married to Arthur Leopold and both are real estate brokers Tara writes a great story of her paternal grandmother which includes a episode at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in This month marks the th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Here is an engaging story about her grandmother s connection to that infamous fire From aples to the ew York My paternal grandmother is the focus of my story Her name is Fortunata Adele Erminia...

  9. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the April 2011 issue

    This month s profile features new member Rodolfo Rudy Ortega Columbus from Quito Ecuador Rodolfo was born in Guayaquil Ecuador but has been a naturalized citizen of the United States since having lived in New York City in the Gramercy Park area from to In he moved to Los Angeles but seven years ago returned to Ecuador He bought a colonial house restored it and is currently the proud owner of Villa Colonna Boutique Bed and Breakfast in Quito Check out its website at www villacolonna ec Rudy s interest in Italian genealogy stems from his mother s paternal family...

  10. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the May 2011 issue

    Our monthly profile focuses on a new member of IGG Rosalie Griffin a resident of Waterbury Connecticut Rosalie and her husband Michael have been married for years and they have five children Rosalie is a retired public school teacher who is presently an adjunct professor of mathematics at Naugatuck Valley Community College Her husband is a retired newspaper reporter for the Waterbury Republican Rosalie has many fond memories of her maternal grandfather Carmine Santoro She was asked to share some of her documentation and memories about her grandfather Rosalie s memories go back to her elementary school days at Walsh...

  11. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the September 2011 issue

    Welcome back to Profiles from the corners We can start with a wonderful article submitted by Chris Renz a Dominican friar and active member of IGG Chris has submit an article about his Italian roots on his mother s side as well as his fascinating interest in genetic genealogy Chris currently a resident of Berkeley California was born and raised in Teaneck NJ not far from North Bergen and Union City Hudson County where his parents were raised His love of and curiosity about the world around him led him to obtain undergraduate and doctoral degrees in microbiology After working...

  12. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the October 2011 issue

    My Maternal Family Roots in Gombitelli di Camaiore Part II I have used this genetic genealogy research tool to research my paternal surname Renz Because the name was originally spelled Rentz it could be easy to miss connections between lines today especially if there are no extant records which indicate the spelling variation After I had my DNA tested and submitted it to an online database I received a message informing me that there was another member of the database with whom I was a near-perfect DNA match my genealogic doppelganger After contacting him I found that his family had...

  13. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the January 2012 issue

    Latin was the language that preceded Italian so in honor of our ancestral language Felix sit annus or in Italian Felice Anno Nuovo or Buon anno or Happy New Year As we start the New Year I am making an annual appeal to members of IGG to consider sharing some aspect of your family research with our readers by submitting an article for publication Submitting your story will encourage our members in their documentation of their own family heritage and genealogy I have entitled this column From the Four Corners because I wanted to emphasize the fact that our membership...

  14. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the March 2012 issue

    Carol Proven and her husband have daughters and five grandchildren She is a retired business owner and is still very active in the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce on Long Island NY About years ago she decided that she wanted to write her family history in story form and ever since that time she has been pursuing this venture She is also offering a course in genealogy at Saint Joseph College at the Patchogue branch This is a program sponsored by the School of Professional and Graduate Studies the Office of Continuing Education The course is entitled Who Are You An...

  15. Profiles from the Four Corners

    from the May 2012 issue

    This month one of our stories comes from IGG member Dexter Eustis and believe it or not he hails from Eustis Florida The Ribando Family from Villafrati in the Province of Palermo Sicily My brother-in-law Frank Clark was born in New York City to a taxi-cab driver of Maine-iac extraction and an Italian mother As the family genealogist I have known for some time that my sister s children and grandchildren included some who were interested in genealogy so I finally got tired of simply advising and got busy I subscribe to Ancestry com and so searched records that were...

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