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  1. The Feast Day of St. icola

    from the December 2009 issue

    My grandfather s given name was Nicola At first glance the name looks like a female personal name It is not icola is an ancient but still very common Italian male or fe- male personal name derived from the Greek nika meaning victory and laos meaning people there- fore implying the meaning winner of the people The English form of the same name is of course icholas Many Italian males especially in the regions of Apulia Molise and Abruzzo are named Nicola The proper female form of icola in Italian is icoletta Other Italian forms of the name are icolino...

  2. The Flag of Altavilla Silentina

    from the October 2004 issue

    The following is an account of a story that began during a World War II battle and is just now drawing to a close The date was September My dad Anthony Todaro was a platoon sergeant attached to the U S Army's th Div Taking part in the th Army's North Africa to Italy campaign he was one of many soldiers fighting for Allied control of Italy One day while engaging the enemy in the small mountain village of Alt avilla in S a l e r n o Provence his platoon came under enemy at- tack They sought immediate...

  3. The Flip Pal

    from the June 2012 issue

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  4. The Gimellos from Abruzzo

    from the December 2009 issue

    In the October issue of the IGG Newsletter I briefly discussed my great uncle Nick Nicola An- tonio Catalano I have found more information about him My mother Caterina Scogna Gimello was born in Hammonton NJ on October and was baptized on November I always thought my relatives were baptized within a few days of their birth but my research in San Buono Abruzzo and that of my father s relatives in Salandra Matera and Brindisi di Montagna in Po- tenza proved me wrong Some baptisms occurred as long as one year after birth with several children being baptized as...

  5. The Giovanni Serra Family

    from the October 2013 issue

    Since my original Serra family history was published in Vol No September of I was able find a great deal of additional information The best news of all came through a post I has made on Rootsweb in looking for the family of my great-aunt Eugenia Serra She left them in Lyon France I was contacted by her great-granddaughter who still lives in Lyon As far as we knew Eugenia had left her children fathered by Monsignor Joseph Perotti in Lyon for some unknown reason To our great surprise we found out she had made individual trips to Lyon to...

  6. The Immigration Story of Giusto Dominianni

    from the May 2013 issue

    Torna al lavoro yelled Candida Dominianni to her son Giusto The young teenager knew exactly what that meant Get back to work He was after all caught daydreaming among the rows of orange trees on his family s property He worked the field with his brother and father in the brutal heat and for just pennies a day Living in Isca sullo Iona in CZ Calabria Giusto was dreaming of a better life in America Giusto my great-grandfather struggled and sacrificed growing up in Italy but eventually found success and happiness in the United States His story similar to so...

  7. The King's Cook

    from the February 2013 issue

    Gail and I met when she invited me to her library on Staten Island for a genealogy presentation as part of her an October program for Italian Heritage month The library director for Staten Island choose her library for this inaugural program She Googled for an Italian genealogist and came up with me but she had rather personal reasons for the choice She wanted help with her own genealogy research Gail comes from a rather tightly knit family who lived together over Mama s grocery story in Brooklyn They say it takes a village to raise a child She and...

  8. The Mail Order Bride and Willie & Minnie

    from the October 2004 issue

    These stories were told to me by one of my cousins who was able to visit with the mail-order bride She spoke to Carolina back in when she was years old She eventua lly lived to reach years old In my genealogical research I was able to obtain the death certificates of the principals involved from the state of California which established the primary facts I was able to ascertain the family relationship from a professional researcher Professor Luigi Maiocchi of Villa Guardia Province of Como Italy Rinaldo Gioacchino Arighi was born on September in Luisago Province of Como Italy...

  9. The Medical History Aspects of Genealogy

    from the May 2013 issue

    I have been a member of the IGG for about fifteen years now I have learned much and have had very good advice from various members but for some reason the medical aspect of genealogy is rarely mentioned We are all made from both of the people who preceded us our parents and those who preceded them etc and their medical history does have something to do with who we are and our own medical history and personalities As I researched my family families and found myself going in many directions I can remember my great-grand parents on my father's...

  10. The Mystery of the Grave

    from the December 2007 issue

    On that Day the Dead Will Reveal their Secrets I had never been to the grave of my father s parents Salvatore and Josephine DiBartolo until four years ago When I started my genealogical search I decided that it was time to make that visit Since my mother and father were estranged we weren t invited to attend their funerals I knew that my grandparents were buried in Calvary Cemetery and that the funeral services took place in St Leo Church in Corona NY I also knew that the wake was probably held at Cappolato Funeral Home directly across the...

  11. The Myth of Ellis Island

    from the June 2011 issue

    I was involved with a series of e-mail exchanges recently with a reader of this newsletter He claimed that his ancestor had her name changed at Ellis Island I pointed out that such a change was unlikely despite all the claims we hear of such name changes The ensuing e-mail exchange got me thinking that perhaps others have the same misconceptions that the family name was changed at Ellis Island I decided to amplify a bit on the subject in this newsletter Immigrants surnames were changed thousands of times but professional researchers have found that name changes were rare at...

  12. The Names of the Dead

    from the March 2010 issue

    Dusty registers with a whiff of mold Sit abandoned on sturdy metal shelves In disarray they stand they lean they crowd In tall precarious piles buried secrets Discolored by the touch of time Sifting the pages for ancestors long Forgotten my eyes scan unfamiliar Scripts round flourishes a river of words That flows densely on the page I become Witness as scenes unfold under my gaze The clerk dips pen to ink grates the black nib Into the rough texture of his paper He writes the names of the dead of newborns Of burials of matrimonial vows I see generations...

  13. The Names of the Dead - Avella, Italy

    from the February 2014 issue

    Dusty registers with a whiff of mold Sit abandoned on sturdy metal shelves In disarray they stand they lean they crowd In tall precarious piles buried secrets Discolored by the touch of time Sifting the pages for ancestors long Forgotten my eyes scan unfamiliar Scripts round flourishes a river of words That flows densely on the page I become Witness as scenes unfold under my gaze The clerk dips pen to ink grates the black nib Into the rough texture of his paper He writes the names of the dead of newborns Of burials of matrimonial vows I see generations...

  14. The New York City Cemetery Project

    from the January 2014 issue

    The New York City Cemetery Project documents the history of the city s graveyards Hundreds of cemeteries including small family burial grounds and churchyards as well as larger cemeteries containing hundreds thousands even millions of bodies have existed throughout the five boroughs since the th century Study of these cemeteries whether they have been lost in time or are still in existence provides much regarding the history of this ever-evolving city and its people and offers some intriguing answers to the question What does the city do with its dead This project and this site is the work of Mary...

  15. The New York Public Library

    from the June 2007 issue

    Ruth Carr is the chief of both the Irma and Paul Milstein Division and the General Research Division of the New York Public Library The library is located at Fifth Avenue and nd Street New York NY - - and it maintains one of the largest free collections of genealogical tools Using the laptop computer a video projector and her own Power Point presentation Ms Carr gave us a very informative lecture on the many genealogical holdings of the NY Public Library Listed below are the holdings described by Ms Carr The Milstein Division Room collects materials documenting American history...

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