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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, 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. The Birth of Modern Italy

    from the June 2004 issue

    Professor Leonini's lecture includes with his history on the Birth of Modern Italy and the Development of the Italian State He distributed the following handouts The Unification of Italy - Edited by Charles F Delzell Contents Unification By Design or Force of Circumstances Mazzinianism in the 's Hindrance or Help to Unification Cavour and Garibaldi Collaborators or Rivals Cavour's use of Plebiscites Desirable or Regret table The Failure of Cavour's Free Church in a Free State The Risorgimento in Retrospect A map of Southern Europe showing Italy from - Kingdom of Sardinia Areas Unified in The Growth of Piedmont into...

  10. The Blaze of 73, Part I

    from the March 2007 issue

    Decades ago a raging fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St Louis wiped out the military histories of nearly million Americans At a m on July an alarm sounded at a suburban St Louis firehouse The National Personnel Records Center home to million sensitive US military records was burning The first fire trucks arrived on the scene within minutes but the blaze on the top floor of the six-story government building was already raging out of control Forty-two fire districts eventually responded and fought the fire for nearly four days before containing it No lives were lost What...

  11. The Blaze of 73, Part II

    from the April 2007 issue

    Decades ago a raging fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St Louis wiped out the military histories of nearly million Americans Could It Happen Again Today the National Personnel Records Center is still one of the National Archives and Records Administration s largest operations It remains the central repository of U S military and civil service personnel records Is a repeat of the fiery disaster possible Ronald L Hindman director of the NPRC makes no guarantees But current safeguards make a recurrence highly unlikely he said An efficient sprinkler system is installed food and drinks are prohibited in...

  12. The Cemetery Belt

    from the April 2010 issue

    Why does Queens have so many cemeteries Under cover of darkness the creaking horse-drawn wagons are loaded onto the ferry Once across the river they lumber through the sleeping countryside finally coming to a halt on Queens hillsides where graveyard workers unload their strange cargo -- thousands of skeletons and coffins exhumed from Manhattan churchyards By daylight the only sign of the nocturnal operation will be fresh mounds on the hills and meadows that have been converted into burial grounds The wagon trains of the dead -- triggered by a law that turned burials into business -- kept rolling from...

  13. The Census Taker

    from the October 2006 issue

    The Census Taker Author Unknown It was the first day of census and all through the land The pollster was ready a black book in hand He mounted his horse for a long dusty ride His book and some quills were tucked by his side A long winding ride down a road barely there toward the smell of fresh bread wafting up through the air The woman was tired with lines on her face and wisps of brown hair she tucked back into place She gave him some water as they sat at the table she answered his questions the...

  14. The City Life 1940 Census

    from the June 2013 issue

    Cracking the Brand New Census All pack rats should be as creative as the New York Public Library the obsessive collector of the most complete sets of bulky outdated telephone directories in the world Skeptics in the cellphone era might wonder why But the library's Milstein Division 'a rich trove of national and local history archives and free genealogy resources digitalized old New York phone directories to create a free Web site It cross-references residents' names and addresses with the long-awaited census data made public last year which includes the person's age income education job and migration record The result...

  15. The Cooking Lesson

    from the April 2007 issue

    Netty Villecco Gautier sends in this poem that was composed by her godmother s grand daughter Sarada who somehow was able to express and touch upon the feelings of what it felt like growing up during the depression years Curtains made from antique fabric diffuse light across the vinyl wallpaper that wraps my grandmother s kitchen in a botanical garden of artificial plants She is at the stove teaching me to roast peppers Sinatra playing on the radio calls her back to girlhood Public School in the Bronx dancing with her friend Connie Italian girls in an early dream The...

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