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  1. Reaching out to Extended Family

    from the May 2005 issue

    Have you thought about all the people who could possibly help you in your search for family history Have you considered relatives not as distant as a fifteenth cousin in Kalamazoo who is a genealogy fanatic Closer relatives may hold the clues you need to extend your own lineage After twenty years I finally located descendants of my great-grandmother's half-sister While they may know nothing about their own family history these relatives are an untapped source that I had spent years trying to locate Think--Who Might Have It Henry Schulz is your great-great-grandfather and he died in the s If...

  2. Reaching out to Extended Family

    from the September 2005 issue

    Have you thought about all the people who could possibly help you in your search for family history Have you considered relatives not as distant as a fifteenth cousin in Kalamazoo who is a genealogy fanatic Closer relatives may hold the clues you need to extend your own lineage After twenty years I finally located descendants of my great-grandmother's half-sister While they may know nothing about their own family history these relatives are an untapped source that I had spent years trying to locate Think--Who Might Have It Henry Schulz is your great-great-grandfather and he died in the s If...

  3. Recordings Of A Cemetery

    from the November 2006 issue

    Today we walked where others walked On a lonely windswept hill Today we talked where others cried For Loved Ones whose lives are stilled Today our hearts were touched By graves of tiny babies Snatched from the arms of loving kin In the heartbreak of the ages Today we saw where the grandparents lay In the last sleep of their time Lying under the trees and clouds - Their beds kissed by the sun and wind Today we wondered about an unmarked spot Who lies beneath this hollowed ground Was it a babe child young or old No indication could...

  4. Records from Social Security

    from the December 2011 issue

    How to Get Records from Social Security for Genealogical Research I am doing genealogical research How can I request records from the Social Security Administration You may make your request online for some information from our records See the story on protected records on Page Otherwise the SSA needs certain identifying information to search its records Records are filed by Social Security numbers rather than by names If you can provide the person's Social Security number the SSA will search their records for information they might have Without a Social Security number the SSA will need the person's full name...

  5. Red Star Line

    from the September 2009 issue

    Elizabeth Oravetz Public Relations Coordinator for The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation is assisting colleagues in Antwerp Belgium who are trying to locate descendents of immigrants who came to the United States on the Red Star Line The Belgians are currently preparing to open a museum in Antwerp about the history of the immigrants of the Red Star Line a famous steamship company which from to transported thousands of Europeans seeking a new life in America For this project the coordinators need individual stories and original photographs that could give life to the future museum If you are a descendant...

  6. Regaining the Momentum

    from the June 2008 issue

    We all have ups and downs with our research and I m coming out of a serious down cycle After fighting with my computer for months as it died a slow painful death I finally have a new one and am hoping to get my research back on track But it can be tough to get things going again after you ve been away for a while For the longest time the thought of surfing the Net for anything more than what was necessary to get my work done was unfathomable After a long day of screaming at my computer...

  7. Regaining the Momentum

    from the November 2008 issue

    We all have ups and downs with our research and I m coming out of a serious down cycle After fighting with my computer for months as it died a slow painful death I finally have a new one and am hoping to get my research back on track But it can be tough to get things going again after you ve been away for a while For the longest time the thought of surfing the Net for anything more than what was necessary to get my work done was unfathomable After a long day of screaming at my computer...

  8. Regional Differences in Genealogy

    from the April 2007 issue

    When researching Italian records you can take into account that people remain in the same town generation after generation It is part of the Italian culture to settle in one place marry people from within the same community live in the same ancestral home and pass on the same trade to the next generation As a result we may be able today to trace a family as far back as the late s by researching records in a single town The oldest records are the parish church records that were introduced after the Council of Trento in that marked the...

  9. Regions and Provinces

    from the March 2013 issue

    Submitted by William S Gimello This list shows each of the regions of Italy along with their provinces The standard abbreviations for the regions and the provinces are listed to the left of their names Region - Province ABR - Abruzzo CH - Chieti AQ - L'Aquila PE - Pescara TE - Teramo BAS - Basilicata MT - Matera PZ - Potenza CAL - Calabria CS - Cosenza CZ - Catanzaro KR - Crotone RC - Reggio Calabri VV - Vibo Valentia CAM - Campania AV - Avellino BN - Benevento CE - Caserta NA - Napoli SA - Salerno...

  10. Research in Various Regions

    from the February 2007 issue

    At the January meeting of the Italian Genealogy Group we separated into about ten regional groups to discuss with other members research in our ancestors areas When performing Italian research you soon learn that research in one part of Italy is not the same as in other parts of the country It is therefore very informative to learn what success others have had and what problems they have had in tracing their family in a specific area People beginning their research often don t know what questions to ask at first For these members listening to others was important But...

  11. Researching Ancestors in Arizona

    from the June 2006 issue

    At the Arizona State Library Archives and Public Records census records are available for the Arizona territories for the years and The census records are located in the Genealogy Collection housed in the Law and Research Division W Washington St Third Floor Phoenix AZ - - Additional census records are available for the years and at the Mesa LDS Regional Family History Center At the FHC you can rent microfilm reels to record your ancestors from Italy The microfilms contains birth marriage death and sometimes baptismal records for small towns in Italy The Mesa Regional Family History Center is located...

  12. Researching Ancestors in California

    from the May 2006 issue

    California has a wealth of information about your Italian and Italian-American ancestors This information can be found at a variety of organizations archives libraries genealogical societies and web sites Federal Census and Passenger Lists The Federal census beginning in except for can be found at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' Family History Libraries FHL For the location near your home call - - - You can also view censuses at paid subscription sites such as Ancestry Com and Heritage Quest Online which is also free at certain libraries Also check with a main library and the...

  13. Researching Italian Ancestry!

    from the February 2010 issue

    The Search for Family and Adventure Last winter I penned an article in Ambassador about my family's quest for Italian citizenship jure sanguinis Dual Citizenship One Family's Expression of Italian-American Pride Following its publication I was overwhelmed by the response from Ambassador readers and ultimately received more than letters from fellow Italian Americans who were in different stages of the same process Many of the Ambassador readers who contacted me inquired about how I conducted my genealogical research and sought advice for tracking down their ancestors Although I'm happy to share my personal experiences they constitute a fraction of today's...

  14. Researching Italian Records

    from the October 2006 issue

    Part I Identifying Italian Letters One of the greatest challenges I faced when I began to research my ancestors in Abruzzo and Basilicata was attempting to identify letters and words found in Italian birth baptism marriage and death records I reviewed at the Family History Center in Plainview New York Some of the documents were over two hundred and fifty years old Some were faded while others were very dark or badly water-stained due to the poor conditions where the documents were stored in Unifficio Anagrafe General Registry Office in the municipio Town Hall or in the Parrochia Parish This...

  15. Researching Italian Records

    from the November 2006 issue

    Part II The basic Italian records you will need to review in order to begin your genealogical research are the birth records Atto Di Nascita the birth death record Atti Di Nati Morte which indicates a child was born and died within a few days with or without a name The baptismal record is often listed on the birth record as Indicazione il Sacramento del Battesimo The civil marriage record is listed as Atto Di Solenne Promessa Di Celebrare Il Matrimonio The religious or Canonical marriage record is the Indicazione Della seguita celebrazione canonica del matrimonio Death records are listed...

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