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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. The Family History Library Update

    from the December 2014 issue

    The Family History Library transitioned from full-time and part-time professional staff and volunteers to only full-time and part-time professional staff and approximately volunteers This makes a huge difference in the quality of professional help available to you at the library We understand that FamilySearch is making a tremendous and wonderful collection available and with the state of the economy volunteer staff keeps the doors open for us to do research Family History Expos is committed to assist you to successfully research your family history They provide professional assistance with experts who have more than hours research time in the library...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. The Flip Pal

    from the June 2012 issue


  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. The History Of The Italian Flag

    from the October 2015 issue

    The Italian tricolor was first established during the Napoleonic Wars by French republics in northern Italy who styled it after the French tricolor In the design was adopted by the house of Savoy which went on to lead the Italian unification The present flag was adopted in when Italy became a republic and the royal arms were removed There is no authoritative and indisputable explanation regarding the meaning of the colors of the Italian flag The most credible theory suggests that the colors came from the colors of the uniforms of the Civic militia of Milan which were predominantly green...

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