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  1. Taking Another Look

    from the June 2006 issue

    It was an accidental find but an extraordinary one and one that really made me think I needed to send an electronic copy of an article about one of my ancestors to my niece for a project Mom and I had scoured the online collection of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and found several articles relating to Edwin Brough Dyer who was a police captain in Brooklyn New York Hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library the Brooklyn Daily Eagle online allows you to email articles easily so I figured the easiest way to send it was to just pull it up...

  2. Taking Another Look

    from the December 2008 issue

    It was an accidental find but an extraordinary one and one that really made me think I needed to send an electronic copy of an article about one of my ancestors to my niece for a project Mom and I had scoured the online collection of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and found several articles relating to Edwin Brough Dyer who was a police captain in Brooklyn New York Hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library the Brooklyn Daily Eagle online allows you to email articles easily so I figured the easiest way to send it was to just pull it up...

  3. Taking the "Scary" out of Locating Cemeteries

    from the October 2004 issue

    As a child growing up in Madison North Carolina I was always fascinated with cemeteries My classmates and friends would sometimes give me strange looks because when walking on the way to or from school I would want to take a shortcut through one of the cemeteries A few of them were actually afraid of setting foot in a cemetery worried perhaps that some specter would coming steaming up from a grave to do them harm How ridiculous Those of us involved in genealogy and family history research recognize the tremendous informational and cultural value of graveyards Few of us...

  4. Ten Mortal Sins of Genealogy

    from the April 2011 issue

    Even experienced genealogists must be careful not to commit one of what I consider the Ten Mortal Sins of Genealogy Avoid them at all costs since they can often lead us down the road of ruin smack into a brick wall Taking family stories as absolute facts Stories that have been told and retold can be great resources and often enrich our family histories However stories handed down over the generations often get confused or distorted He came over as a young child is a common expression What is considered young Was he or was he The answer will affect...

  5. Thank You

    from the February 2016 issue

    Our Baking Angels who came through with their lovely tasteful confections for our January meeting are Carol Esmiol Carol Proven Louise Perrotta Marge Worhle MaryAnne Yenoli and Loretta Valenti Several of these women also helped in whatever way they could to clean up after the meeting With all hands on deck it was a cinch that all was in good order when we left Thanks to all of you and thanks also to Ann and Frank Chiappisi our Hospitality Chairpersons Our Experts Tony Lauriano Phil Figario and Dr Marilyn Verna who so efficiently answered our members questions deserve a special...

  6. Thank You IGG

    from the January 2015 issue

    Message This is a big thank you to your group for the work you have done in transcribing records and putting them online I have been searching for the death record of an ancestor for many years and I always suspected he returned to NY after leaving England And now I have him Correct name age etc Many thanks Stephanie Hume from Australia...

  7. Thank You IGG

    from the November 2015 issue

    I want to send a big thank you to everyone who put this site together I have been searching for almost years to find family In February this year I located my niece and cousin by using your website I located past family members and then requested copies of marriage and death certificates by using your site information I can't thank you enough I would like to find relatives in Italy next Thanks again Fran Lombardozzi Lence In response to Marilyn Verna s reply Fran writes Marilyn Of course you may use my comments in your newsletter I felt like...

  8. Thank You IGG - From Contact Form

    from the September 2016 issue

    Hi Marilyn Re Thank you IGG Contact Form Thank you for your hard work and commitment to this important undertaking Through the resources available on this site I have been able to locate nearly all records needed for my Italian itizenship through jus sanguinis application The stories that I remember being told by my grandmother while growing up have literally been validated by the information I was able to find Keep up up the excellent work I hope to help out in some way in the future Paul Maracina Hi Marilyn Yes I am finding so many things on there...

  9. Thank You, IGG

    from the November 2013 issue

    I've Done Quite A Bit Of Research on Census Records and Naturalization Records Just wanted to thank you for this research My grandparents came from Sicily in and had a terrible time here Six of their children died before reaching the age of My mom and uncle were the only ones to survive past childhood My grandmother did not speak English and did not like to talk about the past understandably My mother tried to write some info down about her brothers and sisters from memory but she was just a little child herself My mom passed away years ago...

  10. That's Italian! His ancestral town dubs mayor elect "honorary citizen"

    from the January 2014 issue

    The Italians are claiming New York City's mayor-elect as their own The town of Benevento in southern Italy - where Bill de Blasio's maternal grandfather was born - voted unanimously to name the mayor-elect an honorary citizen The town council of Benevento about miles northeast of Naples adopted a resolution calling de Blasio a man of sound moral values always close to the needs of the poorest of the poor who vigorously pursues battles of civilization equality and dignity according to the news outlet Il Quaderno De Blasio's grandfather Giovanni de Blasio was from Sant'Agata a municipality within Benevento He...

  11. The 'Secret' Details in the 1940 Census You May Be Missing

    from the March 2016 issue

    The census of the United States is a particularly exciting one for genealogists for a number of reasons the most obvious being that is was only indexed and released for public consumption a few years ago The new records gave many of us a special chance to add vital new details to the our ancestors stories But there is a critical element of this massive family history resource that often gets overlooked Built into the th census of the USA was a brand new initiative the collection of a statistical sample of information for the purpose of extrapolating demographic data...

  12. The 500 Year old Rabbi

    from the May 2013 issue

    Barbara Aiello Rescues Lost Worlds Interviewed by Susan Schnur So it's not like every rabbi has olive orchards in Calabria Italy My family and four other Jewish families founded Serrastretta this isolated mountain village in Italy's instep in the th century My house is years old but our olive trees are babies-the oldest is only The Inquisition chased my family from Toledo Spain to Portugal to Gibraltar to Morocco to Sicily and finally way up here People don't realize that Ferdinand and Isabella controlled a third of the way up Italy's boot A relative of mine a blacksmith Federico Ajello...

  13. The ABC's of DNA

    from the December 2013 issue

    Our second speaker was Judy G Russell a Certified Genealogist lecturer and lawyer The title of her talk is The ABC s of DNA Judy says everyone has two family trees a genealogical tree and a genetic tree What s DNA Judy began her lecture with photos of old genealogy records similar to what we all have been using to trace our family history Judy explained that genealogists now have a new tool that can be used to trace family histories to eras before paper documents existed DNA is the heredity material in humans and all other organisms Nearly every...

  14. The Arm That Clutched the Torch: The Statue of Liberty’s Campaign for a Pedestal

    from the May 2015 issue

    They have not been able to procure a whole statue but they have ornamented the city with a nice large piece of the intended statue s arm New York Times Feb The Statue Officially titled Liberty Enlightening the World the Statue of Liberty was first envisioned as a lighthouse at the entrance to the Suez Canal before evolving into the Lady Liberty we know today a symbol of American independence and Franco-American friendship Representing freedom patriotism and immigrants first sight of the New World it is now difficult to imagine the New York Harbor without this iconic American symbol However...

  15. The Bell That Followed Him Home

    from the June 2016 issue

    What he'd yet to understand was that in many Italian towns life revolved around its town bell It rang to announce births and celebrate marriages It rang to mourn deaths It rang to signal the end of the workday the time when men could go home to their families The bell was their spirit And Licata's bell had been commandeered by Mussolini just a few days before the Americans arrived Their -year-old bell had been taken down from the Palazzo di Citta in order to be melted and molded into gun barrels for the Fascist army Though it wouldn't be...

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