Main course; Salad,
focaccia and Tiramisu; coffee, tea, iced tea, soft drinks; tax
Spring luncheon of Chapter #3 of POINT was held April 2,
2005 at the Waterloo Gun and Bocci Club in Stockton, CA. Fifty
(50) members enjoyed the lunch and our
Italian get together. It was a very
lively group that shared stories and experiences with one
Your hostesses were Norma
Margaret was not able to attend the day of the luncheon.
Bocci kitchen served delicious Sausage, Chicken Cacciatore,
and Polenta buffet style, and had strawberry shortcake for desert.
extra we sent out flyers to many Italian names that
were in the white pages of the telephone book.
It has been our experience that many in this area did not know that our
organization existed. And some people
responded to our advertisement.
speaker for the luncheon was Donald
Director of Pacific Italian Alliance, a nonprofit cultural
celebrates the heritage and promises the culture of Italians in
Central Valley. He presented to all
attendees a monthly issue of their magazine. “Corriere della Valle.”
In the issue was an article about the
history and migration of the Italians to California. He
discussed the reasons for the influx into this valley. It had
very little to do with the “Gold
Rush,” but more to do with the “golden opportunities” that
existed in the late
1800’s. Farming, fishing, bakeries, restaurants,
Most of those that came into the valley were from Genoa, and were and still are,
farmers in this area. Another reason was the
Norma said “My grandmother
used to tell me that where she was born
in Sicily was just like California.
Oranges, Lemons, Cherries, Sun
and Sea." Thousands of Italians were willing
to give up their labor and talent to make a better life for themselves
Bob Chase told us about a
letter that he had received from a
woman in Formia (near Rome) sending him her family tree connecting him
family. Ironically enough, Bob has been
friendly with a confectioner in San
Marco, when he was in Italy, and this
confectioner had told this woman to
contact Bob about the Jansiti
family or “Iansiti “J” became “I”) or
Iansiti. He was emphasizing how
unusual contacts can often get you the information you are researching.
also presented to the group information about a
California Assembly Bill
that was in presentation by Assemblyman
Canciamilla. AB390. The bill is an
for California schools to teach students about Italian Americans.
The bill also aims to erase “organized
crimes” stereotypes of Italian Americans.
He passed out information concerning the bill, and who to contact for
meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m. But everyone hung around for a
while still conversing and sharing
POINTers in Person held their 18th lunch gathering October 13th at
LeBistro Restaurant in Stockton. Hosting our lunch were
Josephine and Frank Uomini (#606).
They had personally invited POINT's Dr. Tom Militello, his wife Phyllis
and their daughter, Lisa. We
were all so pleased
to hear they would be joining us. Unfortunately they were unable
to attend and sent their regrets,
regards and gifts of POINT pins to
all. We were disappointed, but understood and hope they will join
us another time. Art Dieli
(#3142) had a Chapter #3 Honorary
Membership certificate for Dr. Tom, which will be sent to him.
Josephine had a Sicilian map
silk scarf on display and also a poster
from the Comune di Militello in Val di
Catania (Chiese S'Maria della Stella). Art made up table signs
of famous Italians listing their accomplishments. Those Italians
Pirandello, Bellini, Titian, Verdi,
Verga, Vespucci, Raphael, Puccini,
Toscanini, Mascagni, Cicero, Columbus, Rossini, Stradivarius, da
Vinci, Calvino, Boccaccio,
Michelangelo, Virgil, Giotto,
Leoncavallo, and Dante. Thanks to Josephine we had Italian
candies to enjoy and decorate
had 73 folks at our lunch,
and for our enjoyment Josephine and Frank provided music by Don Garibaldi .
(#2054) and Roy
Ferrari from Chapter #23 joined us as
Carol's brother lives in Stockton.
guest speaker was
the Honorable Ann Chargin, Judge
Retired, of Stockton who asked: What does it mean to you to be Italian? She said, "What does it mean? IT IS WHO I AM! I'm FBI
- full-blooded Italian and proudly. How fortunate we are to live
in this great country where if you
are willing to work you
can achieve your goals."
parents came from
the same small town in central Italy and shared the same values - the
same sense of family and personal pride
in who they were. They first
immigrated to Springfield, MA with its sizable Italian settlement. At their
first home there was a large
garden of vegetables and fruit.
What wasn't eaten was dried or canned and stored in the cellar.
Her Mother's love was her flower
garden, and she was a wonderful cook
and baker and doer. She would make rolls that were timed to come
out of the oven as the children
came home after school.
They could smell those rolls from the corner of their street!
Food and mealtimes were important
in Italian families where they
shared time around the table.
family picnics at
Couture's Grove with five other families were memorable.
Children would play on the huge water slide and play baseball and volleyball. Lunch was a
feast of hot pasta, freshly cooked, for about 30 folks. In the
evening, they had hot dogs and hamburgers
with all the fixings. Then
the musician in the group would take out their instruments, the
accordion, guitar and mandolin, and
all joined in a song feast.
these things she
took for granted thinking that's what families do. As she grew
and became more aware, she found that her friends and neighbors did not do all these
things. Ann noted how fortunate are we who were raised
"old-country style" in a family that grew, worked, played and prayed together,
united in their goals. That is her (and our) heritage and that is
what it means to Ann to be an
had announcements. Rosemarie Vasquez
(#4506) expressed her thanks to
POINT. She had overlooked the
POINT Directory's listing of towns when
researching. Upon checking, she noted Al Rhone in Ohio was
also researching in Cerro Al Volturno and
the same surname. Al was so pleased when she called him. He has
belonged to POINT for years and is still trying to find information.
Rosemarie sent him
copies of her documents. Connections is what POINT is all about.
Chase (#1023) advised that a genealogical
packet is available from
the Press Office of the Washington, DC
Italian Consulate Bob held a silent auction and monies were put
in the mailing kitty. Thanks, Bob.
received a book from Saponara
in the Basillicata region which included
names of immigrants from 1901-1940.
Many settled in the San Francisco area
and in Los Banos, CA .
POINT National Conference - 2002 flyer was handed out. Folks are looking forward
to that conference in Salt Lake City .
Burton (#1889 ) asked members with a
family web page to contact him
that he could link up information for them. Spence is the
keeper of the Chapter's web page.
Art is organizing a Sicilian
Studies Group to preserve the Sicilian
language and culture. He has been
translating Sicilian poetry and includes Today's Sicilian Word at the
end of his e-mails. He told about
nonsolo.cap.it , a web site for
ZIP codes. One can list your surname,
and they will tell you where
the surname is located on
an Italian map . You can then
order a t-shirt with this map. He also noted
Frank Viviano's book "Blood Washes Blood,"
and "Beginner's Sicilian" by
Joseph F. Privitera.
Torre (#3367) requested members up-date
their email addresses with
her. She attended an Italian language school in Todi this
year. One attends one week
of morning classes and can stay with a family or in an apartment
for $400. She says she is better at reading and writing Italian, but not much
better at speaking. She found it delightful. She also had
copies of the tourist map for Fontanabuona
for members researching there.
Chichizola (#519) proudly announced that GrandBaby Allison Marie
has been added to their family tree as of 9/19/01.
always, a good
time was had by all. Our next lunch will be hosted by Angela DiBerardino (#3001) on April 6, 2002.
these times, we
learn once again the importance of family and friends and our Italian
June Chichizola #519
17th lunch of
Chapter #3 of POINTers in Person was held April 7, 2001 at the
Restaurant at the Sacramento Executive Airport and was hosted by
Art Dieli (#3142).
Forty-one POINT members and thirteen non-POINT members enjoyed the
lunch and our Italian get-together.
introduced Toni LaMaritate (#2537)
who just returned from researching in Sicily. She made
arrangements to hire
Emilio Terrazzino for
twelve research hours ($200) in Agrigento. They located the
church where her grandmother and first husband were married and learned about her children.
She noted that the countryside is beautiful with farmlands as far
as the eye can see. She plans
to write her research story for
(#1671) told of her father coming from
Naples in 1892. The family lived at 81 Mulberry Street (in Hell's
Kitchen) where the family had a
grocery. (The store is now a Chinese bakery.) Her father
was eleven years old when he was taken
out of school and put to work in the
bakery. He also carried a bread basket to sell bread on the
street. Well, the NIAT's Ambassador
magazine (Winter 2001) ran
a story called "Little Italy Then and
Now" with a photograph of Elizabeth's
father! She's written to the
magazine and sent a similar
photograph of father and the family. Elizabeth advised that
education was always very important
in her family; when her father was
asked at his 75th birthday party what he was most proud of, he said,
"My three children all have
Art had asked folks to
bring a regional specialty for
show and tell. Vince and Cloie
Militello (#273) brought an authentic 1745 French map
of Naples and Sicily.Helen and Evo
Baldocchi (#299) brought silk fabric from Lake Como and a ceramic
pitcher from the Valtellina area. Angie
brought colorful ceramics from Gubbio,
Bergama, Cortona, Deruta and Abruzzo
. June Chichizola (#519)
brought "ul talamun (Vocabalario Talamonese)" book from Talamona and a research
file on Great-Grandfather Dominic
Olzeri of Baceno . Lois Smith (#2089)
brought her Family Reunion papers for 100 years of
the Queirolos, Garavantes, Fregulias, Ferraris and Noces . Jeanne Torre (#3367) brought a Fontanatuona topographic map of her Chiavari region.
Art provided a really
special treat with a Neapolitan
Sing-Along by Tony Damiani and son, Sal,
playing their mandolins (see photo and
contact information above). We sang
Sole Mio, Ah Marie, Funiculi Funicula among others and were in fine
voice! The music prompted Alice
Petta-Goldie (#3973) to dance the
tarantella, and she was joined by Toni,
Angie, Clare Edwards, and Margaret Latimer's husband!!
traveling to Italy this year. Carol
Kwolek (#2040) advised she's taking her 20
years old grandson.
to Bob Chase (#1023) and
to Art for
contributions to the silent auction for the mailing kitty.
good time was had
all as we talked about ancestors, our research, gathered research
and became part of another
next lunch is
scheduled for October 13th at LeBistro in
Stockton to be hosted by
Josephine and Frank Uomini (#606) .
for now and best
wishes from Chapter #3 to you and your/our family,
Burton (#1889) prepared the day's
program. He introduced Maria
Gloria (#909) for the L'Italo Americano ,
weekly English and Italian
language newspaper (begun in
1908). It is a wonderful means of communication among various
Italian organizations and has publicized
our POINTers in Person
lunches. Maria offered a special subscription to everyone.
recent POINT Conference in Austin
was reviewed by Bob Chase (#1023),
Connie Gallina (#1978), Norma Hurley (#3852), Carol Kwolek (#2040), Marie Leonard (#1976), and
Jeanne Torre (#3367). All agreed
that Chapter #10 did a fabulous job putting on the Conference! It was well organized, many
good presentations, and a great Conference book. Connie advised that she
a potential cousin and will work
with her to make
a family connection. Jeanne finally met "face to face" with a corresponding POINT
member. Note: one should e-mail
LDS and request that
your region be scheduled for LDS filming. They noted that because
of unexpected rain, Chapter #10
members provided folks with
jackets, sweater etc., to keep them warm and dry! That's
POINT Conference 2002 is scheduled for
Salt Lake City
by Chapter #24 . Big plans are in
the works. There is the possibility
of providing members with
research assistance at LDS. E-mail
Mike Madeo at
firstname.lastname@example.org to advise that you are coming to Salt Lake so that arrangements
can be made for you.
Slattery (#720) has prepared Italian
letters for corresponding with
Italian resources and would be happy to send them to members.
Spence discussed how digital
cameras are used in recording old photographs .
He recommends the Epson 850Z . He showed us cemetery photos and even photos taken
during our lunch.
(#3001) told of writing to the Abruzzo Archivo di Stato
and receiving information to help her find the family town of Chieti. She
is in touch with a woman in town who may be a descendant of her
great-grandfather's sibling. Angela suggests taking notes when interviewing and reviewing
those notes from time to time as connection can be made by the mere
mention of a town.
and Rose Zasquez brought a visual display
of WWI military records for
their Nicolas Z's 1917-1919 service and Antonio
Ialongo's 1918-1919 service
. Through Antonio's records , Rose was able to learn where he was born in Italy,
additional family names, his occupation,
and from a letter he had written,
she has his signature. "I see my
own handwriting in his," she said.
Elizabeth had a display
regarding her Gonnella Occidental family
, the 3" Gonnella Family History, photos of 35 family members trip to Coreglia
Antelmineli in 1990, etc.
Kwolek introduced her Aunt
Clare Edwards who brought a photograph of
Carol's great-grandmother as well as a painting of the Capistrano house .
Chase had some POINT Conference items for
conducted a silent auction for the mailing kitty.
next POINT lunch
will be April 7, 2001 in
Sacramento hosted by Art Dieli (#3142).
all send you and
our very best and hope that you and Phyllis will be able to join us
one day for lunch.
June Chichizola (#519)
was agreed to send
$50 for a door prize at the October POINT
National Convention in Austin .
Seven folks are planning to attend. Convention info was available
thanks to Bob Chase (#1023).
year’s S an Francisco American Italian
Historical Conference was
discussed. It dealt with the American part
of Italian-American experience and included many exhibits and
workshops. Angela DiBerardino (#3001) recommended
"Building Little Italy" by Richard N. Juliani regarding the early
Genovese in Philadelphia.
J. Radomile (#4247) spoke about his book "Heritage: Italian American Style."
The book covers notable Italian achievements in many fields.
Roberti (#1740) discussed the Sept. 16/17 Festa Italiano in Oakland
and requested help in the information booth. Bob Chase advised
the folks of the Aug. 5/6 Festa in
regarding their e-mail addresses ; do they want to be contacted through this means
by post card? Jeanne requested help to man a POINT booth at the
April California Genealogical Society’s meeting in Pleasanton. She had a wonderful
topographic map of the Fontanabuono
region of Liguira from the regional
introduced Spence Burton (#1889) who maintains our Chapter web page .
Thanks, Spence! His presentation was
"Getting your Family Tree Online."
There are many web sites and books that can guide us through the
process. He stated we must find an ISP or web server to store the
family tree, plan the layout and content, determine how much info to
make available, create the web page, verify and proofread, upload the
pages to your ISP, promote your web page via links, and keep your page
current. Additional help can be found on Cyndi’s List and also "Publishing your Family History on the Internet" by
Richard S. Wilson. Regarding photos on the web, he
suggested no higher resolution than 80 dpi. We found that
over half the folks use the internet.
Diehl’s (#3142) presentation concerned
using publicly accessible computers to
help you do genealogical research. Go to the public library,
the senior citizens center, and community or four-year colleges for
access. He noted the need to develop good computer strategies to
be sure that you make the most of your computer time. He listed
many web sites useful to the Italian researcher. One can research
on the internet with a local telephone call.
also discussed passenger lists and the
important information they contain, such as ship’s name, other family
members traveling together, etc. Form 81 must be completed and
sent to the National Archives in Atlanta, GA. The "Italians to America"
series beginning 1880 - 1899 is now 12
volumes , and names are listed
handed out her
"Italian Citizenship for Americans of
Italian Descent" which noted
that Italian citizenship is con sanguine - it runs with the blood
- unlike other countries for which citizenship depends on where you
were born. Certain documents are required, such as an Apostille . Jeanne
was hoping to show us her dual citizenship papers, but they’ve not
folks might like to prepare a visual
display (showing family photos, family
tree, documents, etc.) for the next lunch . Everyone thought it was a good idea and
another means of sharing our research.
Baldocchi ( #299) told of her grand-daughter’s
visit. She asked "Nona, tell me something old, show me something old,
tell me the old stories." She
yearned to hear Nona’s stories. We must remember to tell them
successful silent auction for the mailing kitty.
next POINT lunch
will be October 28, 2000 in Occidental (Sonoma County) with Elizabeth
Mazzotti (#1084) hosting and Spence Burton preparing the program.
always, Chapter #3
sends you and yours our very best wishes.
the POINT National Convention in Austin,
TX Oct. 6-9 in 2000, eight plan to
Copies of the Convention Registration info were handed out.
listing of Italian
cultural associations in the Bay Area and a listing of favorite Italian
travel books, novels, histories, etc., was available.
speaker Carol Kwolek (#2040)
Family History Center’s information. She handed out their "Using
Ancestral File," "Correcting Information in Ancestral File,"
"International Genealogical Index," and "Family History Library
Catalog" brochures. The IGI Index has 187 million names.
One should check the Family History Catalog for your Italian town to
see what town records are available. Be sure to check the listing
of books in Salt Lake, request a copy of the book index for further
noted that Salt
Lake will be filming in Northern Italy in the next 3-5 years. Jeanne Torre (#3367) said that
one should let Salt Lake know of your
interest in filming your town, this may encourage the filming of your
with your research, dig in and research, and have patience."
(#2994), new to genealogy, shared his
of obtaining family records from LDS microfilm.
speaker was Art Dieli (#3142). His daughter, Nancy, scheduled her
visit from the East to attend our gathering. Art and his
wife, Alice, spent five months in Sicily "to find out where I came
from." He gave us a history of Sicily noting the various peoples
who came to the island. His ancestral town of Caltagirone has
40,000 people. His cousin, Dante, works at the Comune where
records date back to 1820. For information before that date, he
turned to the churches.
info and then enter that info into his notebook computer. He
gathered a wealth of family history and met family members. Upon
renting and apartment, Dieli cousins appeared with bedding, pots,
Art and Alice were introduced to the shop keepers by family members
too. Market day was a joy, and feast days another delight.
And the food, excellent! We all shared Art’s enthusiasm of their
sojourn in Caltagirone.
had one piece of
advice regarding researching in Italy – be aware of the slow, easy,
relaxed pace of Italian life. An appointment made is not
necessarily an appointment kept.
(#3001) told us of her trip to Italy to take the American cousins to
meet the Italian cousins. "It certainly was an emotional surge,"
she said. They plan to restore the great-grandparents
grave. A second cousin on her Mother’s side had already worked on
the family genealogy and presented Angela with that information.
Family sharing with family.
conducted a silent auction for the mailing kitty.
gathering is scheduled for April 1, 2000 in the San Jose or Bay Area
be hosted by Jeanne Torre and
Angela DiBerardino .
Chapter #3 of POINTers in Person met on April 4, 1998 at Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi II in
for our 11th gathering. Tony DiPasquale (#2143)
hosted our group of 60 (including 18 non-POINTers).
Tony’s luncheon reservations continued coming in until the very last
evening. We are fortunate that the adjoining room was available
for the group.
began with Roy Mancuso (#2684) showing
us church records
from Serrastretta which he got from Giulio Salemme, who had contacted the priest
and municipio prior to his research visit. The church records
date back to 1787. Roy’s brother, Harold, also attended our
(#1084) told of the Gonnella Family
Association’s Historical Memorial of September, 1997 in Occidental . Honored were "those rugged
individuals who braved the unknown, left their homeland and families,
and started a new life here." A proclamation from Corlia near Lucca and an award from the Sonoma Historical Association have been
encouraged all to write their family book telling what their Italian
did when they came to America. Seven members of Elizabeth’s
from Brazil are coming to visit in July after 40 years of having
visited Cava de Tierreni and obtained
his grandparents’ birth certificates (for 600 lira). His
grandmother was called Assunta in America,
but the records revealed she was named Maria
Santola . Bob noted that his great-grandfather brought his
grandmother to the city hall to be registered and signed the record
book. Bob had corresponded with a
gentleman in Naples and was invited to a
20-course dinner - a wonderful evening with new friends and
, who is researching in Pedesina (LO) ,
brought photos of the palace in Dongo and
told of Mussolini’s capture .
is still corresponding with a man in Calvari
who has copied all the Torre names from 1580 to
mid-1700’s. Jean now has her Torre line back to 1580.
(#3001) noted that in many cases family members had double names.
(#1413) told of corresponding with POINTer
Bob Lindeborg , a fourth cousin. Lorraine and Al will be
celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this
year in Collodi , their family town.
has a web page
available for members use. He is also working on his German
requested help on composing a letter to people in the Benevento telephone book. He noted that
civil records show his surname as Iansitis,
while Ionzitis is the family spelling. Two letters were
Italy marked "Deceased." Envelopes
should have notations: "Or Deliver to Next of
Kin" or "For Current Occupant
of House," so that letters are forwarded. Spence suggested we send
mail, as stamps are removed from envelopes and never delivered.
gave us an overview of Family History
Center files. The IGI
Genealogical Index) contains names put in by church members,
while anyone can submit names to the Ancestral
(#1375) has invited Chapter #3 members to attend the meetings of
Chapter #19 in Reno. Some said
they’d like to attend.
talked about the
POINT National Conference in Las Vegas and ten indicated they
would be going.
to Bob Chase
his lively auction to raise funds for the mailing "kitty."
Connie Gallina (#1978) won the door prize.
will be on November 7, 1998 in Occidental, CA,
hosted by Elizabeth Mazzotti, and then, in
April, 1999, we will meet in Sacramento.
Thanks again, Tom, for all your efforts on behalf of us Italian
researchers. Neil and I had lunch in San
Carlos Chichizola (#3570), who lives
in Argentina . His ancestors
came from Quinto al Mare in Genoa ,
north of our town of Zoagli . This
was another delightful meeting of family.
#11's Southwest Regional Conference Planning Survey, and we will
send our comments along to Chuck Panico (#1848)
. The group was enthusiastic about the possible Conference! Thirty
folks indicated they would like to attend.
us of the Genealogical Room at the Santa Clara
Library and its Italian-American Collection. She told
of receiving a marriage record from Philadelphia for her
great-grandmother's brother from a POINT member. Because of that
member, she's aware of
the brother's name and the Philadelphia church. She suggested checking
godparents names on baptismal and confirmation records as additional
told us of her trip to Sicily where she
met relatives. She took copies of family photos for family
identification. "That's me when I was a little girl," a family member
told her. Judy was dressed in the wedding clothes of the town and took
part in the
traditions of the town. Judy said, "I understand about who I am now."
Her photo album was enjoyed by everyone.
asked about a
group trip to Salt Lake City. Carol
Kwolek (#2040) advised that the Genealogical Association of
Sacramento will make a trip the week of May 18th
to LDS which is open M 7:30-6, T-S 7:30-10:00.
and his wife, Alice, spent five months in
Caltagirone, Sicily . They began their research at the Comune
where records began 1820, then to the San
Giorgio Church where the priest opened up the archives for them
gave them free reign. Those archives, written in Latin on parchment,
began in 1560. They researched the baptismal records first and then
proceeded to the marriage records. They filled in their work sheets
every night with new information. They were
able to trace their family to 1730.
attended with her husband, Mike. She received family information from a
document admitting her grandfather's brother into an institution. She is looking for a good book on Italian history , information on travel to Sicily and help in translating
Italian documents. Al Ferrari's (#2054)
guest, Matilde Oliveria, who teaches Italian, was gracious enough to
translate them for Kathy!
(#2537) found much information on her father's draft
registration card from 1899. She's had to research her surname by
looking for various versions of the name.
donated Italian items for a successful silent auction with the monies
going into the "kitty." Patrick August Found the
1000 lira note under his plate and was given a copy of "The Italians."
answer questions from those
just beginning their Italian research. We share in their enthusiasm in
finding their Italian roots.
is scheduled for October 25th in Stockton
hosted by Sarah and Joe Morabito (#1418). Tony DiPasquale (#2143) has
agreed to host us in Napa next April.
long after the
"meeting" and lunch were over and that's the joy of POINTers. Thanks
once again, Tom, for making it all possible.
(#1671) hosted our lunch. She discussed
her “Pascale Family, From the Hills of
Monteforto to the Shores
of Brooklyn.” It contains family
descendant charts and a biography for each family. And she sold 100
copies to the family members.
(#1084) talked about her Grandfather
Giovanni Gonnella who came to America in 1874 from Corlia near Lucca.
Her family book is entitled “One Man’s
Family from Italy to
Occidental (CA).” The family formed
a family association, have made up tee shirts and cups, and have 175
members on the mailing list. She told of being raised in an Italian
surrounded by family.
Gallina (#1978) was very interested in
both books as she is planning
a family history book.
and Jane Bavo
(#2207) have visited family in Pedesina
and spoke highly of Trafford Cole’s book, “Italian
Kwolek (#2040) is working on the
Capestrano town extractions.
and Alice Dieli , plus daughter Nancy, met
our POINT member’s Sal and Judy Dieli
Arthur met Sal’s nephew in the family town of Caltagirone. Arthur
is planning another trip there and hopes to make the family connection.
(#2651) has finally found the Italian
family town and requested
form letter for Italy.
Chase (#1023) told of writing to Ianziti
folks to Australia, but the letter was returned marked “undeliverable.”
About a year later he received a letter addressed only to his home
address which simply asked “What do you want?” Bob responded, and he
a cousin in Australia from the family town of San Giogio la Molara. ( Webmaster Note:The
person in Australia who originally responded was informed of Bob’s
original letter by a MAILMAN, and that started the ball rolling!!)
Murphy (#2564) found the Pannesi phone
pages in the Genoa phone book.
Burton (#1889) told of researching in
Santa Margherita di Belice and
Sciacca where his wife, Cathy , said, “We visited the living and the dead
(cemetery).” Spence received a document from the town clerk and then
showed her a large computer print-out whereupon the clerk’s eyes grew
large. Cathy told her, “Il fanatico!” Cathy will teach Italian in the Spring at her high
she’s very excited about it.
Spence showed us a Study
Guide entitled “Italian Americans,
Looking Back, Moving Forward,” from the
University of the State of New York in
sells for $5. It looks like an excellent book.
Granzotti (#2969) stopped by to say hello.
Angelo called me regarding the Santa Rosa lunch. As we talked, I told
him of the Chichizola’s from Zoagli and my problem of obtaining
death certificate. Angelo attended the merchant marine school in
Camogli, has a friend still living there, and will ask him to go to the
Zoagli chiesa to obtain the certificate. This is just another way that
POINT works for all of us.
August (#2104) is researching Leonetti
near Cosenza and also the
surname Garcea. She asked her brother, Larry, to write a brief story
about Uncle Bobby who was an Air Force pilot killed in WWII. Well, the
brief story became 70 pages filled with much information supplied Larry
from around the world.
were all pleased
see Sister Diane Smith’s (#1375) story about Nona Brigida from Cavaso del Tomba in the
1996 issue of POINT.
next luncheon is
scheduled for April 19, 1997 in San Jose hosted by Mickey McGinnis
to say, we
being together and sharing our Italian ancestors, research, and
Thanks once again for making us family.
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