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  1. The Night Before Christmas

    from the December 2013 issue

    Twas the night before Christmas and all through the town many were still missing My dad Anthony Simone grew up in Bethpage Back then it was still called Central Park After brief stints with BH aircraft Severski and Brewster he went to work for Republic Aviation He graduated from Farmingdale High School in It was the depression so no chance of going to college Central Park schools only went up to eighth grade back then which is why he attended Farmindale HS Dad and Mom got married in She was Ethel Auer descended from several old Hicksville families Dad was...

  2. The Old Switcheroo Search

    from the February 2005 issue

    There are days when I'm researching my ancestors in indexes that I'd like to just to go berserk You know the feeling I'm sure You've tracked down evidence that has conclusively pointed to an event occurring in a particular place Yet when you start searching through the index there's either no information or when you finally find it you discover that it is not entered as you expected it to be I have learned over the years to maintain my composure more or less and to change my search strategy Instead of doing what we might consider a traditional search...

  3. The Origins of Italian Surnames

    from the January 2005 issue

    In general European surnames last names began during the th Century In Italy this method of identification only goes back about five or six hundred years to a time when it became fashio nable The th to the th Century was the time span when the practice slowly began but last names were not legally required until much later Following the Dark Ages when Feudalism began to collapse merchant classes began to rise As the Re naissance established a foothold the nobility were no longer the only people interested in keeping track of heredity The history of these periods of...

  4. The Orphan Train Kids

    from the December 2012 issue

    In the mid s there was a problem that was getting continually worse in the large cities such as New York and Chicago among others Many children were living on the streets some of them just young kids with nowhere to live sleep or eat These kids eventually became known as Orphan Train Kids They were not necessarily orphans some of them had parent s Most of these children were from immigrants who came to American with their parents with a dream of a better life Life for these immigrants was very hard a parent may have died on the...

  5. The police census

    from the April 2009 issue

    ew York City s census substitute the police census Case Study The federal government has taken a census every ten years since and within recent memory every ten years the big cities complain that their population has been undercounted This is not just a twentieth-century phenomenon Soon after the enumeration of the federal census the belief grew in New York City that there had been a serious undercount Accurate population figures at this time as now were important in determining congressional representation In New York City consisted of what is now Manhattan and part of the west Bronx It was...

  6. The Road to Beginning Research

    from the December 2006 issue

    Joanne Heffernan a long-time Italian Genealogical Group member gave us an illuminating lecture last month on beginning your family history research What she told us would hold true for Italian Germans Irish and any other ethnic group It all starts with your own family and finding data in the United States records It is the key to successful research overseas She spoke about her own family and told how she obtained vital records for each of them to verify her own data Taking apart a marriage record she showed how each piece of information in it would lead to research...

  7. The Roseto Effect

    from the March 2014 issue

    In the early s there was a migration of Italian immigrants to the northeastern part of Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania The immigrants came from the comune of Roseto Valfortore Province of Foggia in the Region of Puglia Roseto was tiny square miles yet it had two major railroads crossing through the town The attraction for the Italian immigrants and the two railroads were the slate mines When the town was incorporated in it was Italian Doctors soon learned that something unusual was happening in Roseto Rosetans seemed to be nearly immune to heart disease at a rate only half of the...

  8. The Salesians in 1914

    from the May 2011 issue

    Salesians of Don Bosco Introduced into the United States in On January Italy was mourning over the death of Don Giovanni Bo s c o t h e g r e a t philanthropist and apostle of charity sometimes called the Nineteenth Century Guardian Angel of Youth Born at Castelnuovo d Asti in August he became a priest directing his best efforts to good works for young people He founded in rapid succession churches hospices oratories as well as day and night schools As his fame spread abroad he received calls from France Spain Switzerland and England even from America...

  9. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Genealogists

    from the January 2005 issue

    In Steven Covey formulated the groundbreaking list of Seven Habits of Highly Effective People They are - Be proactive - Begin with the end in mind - Put first things first - Think win-win - Seek first to understand then to be understood - Synergize - Sharpen the saw I work in a building that once housed Mr Covey's company I work with a guy who once dated his daughter Upon reflection I don't think that either of those experiences has given me any special insight into his mind I'll just do what I do all the time and say...

  10. The Story about Italy's Wars

    from the January 2012 issue

    There were many Italian war heroes especially in the Great War ending in This year Italy celebrates years of independence In in Vienna there was a conference where all the sovereign participating winners including Napoleon Bonaparte divided the many small states in Italy Then at the end of the Great War Italy was united This was the war that created hunger and great poverty and many died from this poverty As a result many of our ancestors were tempted to emigrate to a new fortune in the Americas both North and South Then came Italy's second Great War in -...

  11. The Year is 1904

    from the February 2005 issue

    the birthplace box This is a nice feature for these areas Birth Date Information Almost all cards include the day month and year of birth for the registrant A very few cards do not include this information Searching based upon birth date information should begin with the year only and then include the month if necessary based upon the number of search results obtained with just the year If you think John Smith was born in October of and for some reason his draft card says November of a search for October of will not return the desired card I...

  12. Three Little Words

    from the April 2004 issue

    The memory of a past experience just popped into my mind and I wanted to share it with you It has to do with those three little words I FOUND him Wow the excitement that's contained in so few words They're the words each of us has always wanted to say the words that are at the end of a long long road of searching for an elusive ancestor a road that has taken you years to travel the words that tell the world that your research has paid off There you sat--at a microfilm reader or poring over a...

  13. Tidbits

    from the June 2007 issue

    New Members for May Lori Petruzzelli- Touponse from Watertown CT is researching the family names of Petruzzelli from Sarno in the province of Salerno Campania family names of Ventura and Belsito from Briatico and Pizzo in the province of Vibo Valentia Calabria Insarda from Feroleto della Chiesa in the province of Reggio Calabria Limongelli and Pascale from Paduli in the province of Benevuto Campania Camille Albanese from Westbury NY is researching the family names of Fisichella and Calcagno from Ramacca as well as La Mela and Caltabiano from Adrano both villages located in the province of Catania Sicily Eugene Mariani...

  14. Tidbits

    from the September 2007 issue

    New Members for June July and August Our list includes their membership number their names and city of residence and only ONE surname they are researching and the village or town in Italy Province and Region If you want to research more check out our surname database on line William Dilibero Valley Stream NY Dilibero from Palermo PA SI Mario Toglia Valley Stream NY Toglia from Calitri AV CP Dolores Royere Woodhaven NY Silvestri from Palermo PA SI John P Ragusa Port Jefferson St NY Ragusa from Modica RG SI George Lentini Bethpage NY Lentini from Alcamo TP SI Mary...

  15. Tidbits

    from the October 2007 issue

    New Members for September Includes the membership number the name and city of residence and only ONE surname that they are researching and the village or town in Italy Province and Region If you want to research more check out our surname database on line Lanell Matsumura Panama City FL Martinat from San Germano TO PI Joyce Peretto Blakely Perrin TX Peretto from Northern Italy Ann DeLaurentis Massapequa NY DeLaurentis from Naples NA CP Paul Donovan Hicksville NY Fonte from Gravina in Puglia BA AP Laura Winterfeldt Brainerd MN Penighetti from Emilia-Romagna Marie and Bob Melchiori Vienna VA Guglielmo from...

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