Interested in researching your Italian ancestry?
Join us for the IGG monthly meetings, live or virtually!
*Sunday* September 12th, 2021 – 11:00 AM (Eastern) (“doors open” at 10:45)
(please note, in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, we have moved our 9/11 meeting to 9/12. All subsequent meetings will be held on our usual second Saturday of each month, however.)
We’re thrilled to welcome professional genealogist Margaret Rose Fortier, who will be presenting:
Margaret Rose Fortier, is a Board-certified genealogical researcher, writer, and lecturer, based in the Boston area. Named for her grandmothers and inspired by her mother’s phenomenal memory, she has been researching for 20 years. She specializes in immigrant ancestors in New England, particularly those of Italian, Portuguese, and French-Canadian ancestry. Her article, “The Identity of Alcina, Wife of Oscar Furkey of Quebec and Vermont,” was published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly last year. She is eternally grateful that her husband’s French-Canadian Furkey ancestors changed their name back to Fortier.
A graduate of Boston College (BS) and Bentley University (MS, Information Design), she holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. She serves on the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists and belongs to many genealogical societies, including the Italian Genealogical Group. She has lectured at national and regional conferences as well as for Legacy Family Tree webinars. As a former New York resident, she is delighted to be presenting to this group.
Click here to register for this meeting – this talk is free and open to both members and non-members, so please feel free to spread the word!
Due to COVID-19, in-person meetings are not taking place at this time. We have held and intend to continue to hold Zoom meetings and webinars, and IGG members will be notified of these via e-mail.
Every second Saturday of the month from September through June, the Italian Genealogical Group presents a speaker discussing a topic relevant to Italian genealogical research. In person meetings are held at the Bethpage Public Library (Long Island, NY) and, in most cases, are also broadcast to our members worldwide via Zoom. Handouts and the exchange of genealogical events, websites and publications as well as research tips are readily available. Information and summaries of the monthly meetings are available online to members.
Meeting attendees will find an array of resources and guides to assist you in your research, including:
- Help Desk: For those members who are fortunate enough to attend our meetings, we offer a Help Desk. Before each meeting, experts are available to offer advice or to discuss your genealogy research problems. (Please note: at this time, the help desk is only available at in-person meetings.)
- Lending Library: The IGG maintains an extensive collection of books, magazines, CDs and DVDs. Members may borrow from the collection in person at meetings only.
- Mentoring: There are key members who volunteer as mentors. Members who may be new to genealogy or are stuck and in need of guidance may ask for their assistance. The mentor does not do the research for you but will work with you and suggest methods that worked in their own research.
Bethpage Public Library
47 Powell Avenue
Bethpage, NY 11714
Meetings are held on the second Saturday of every month from 10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon
Assistance is available for beginning and advanced researchers in the auditorium lobby before the meeting. Please inquire at the sign-in desk.
Guests are always welcome.
Part of the fun of being a member of the IGG is participation in outside events with other members. Our past events have included a cemetery crawl, historical tours, genealogy events, an annual holiday luncheon, Italian-American festivals and more! Information on upcoming events will be posted as they are scheduled.