First a little about myself. I was born at Unity
Hospital in Brooklyn, NY and lived most of the early part of my life
in South Ozone
and Rosedale, Queens, NY. I moved to the San Francisco,
) area in 1970, where I have lived since. My mother,
Calogera "Lillian" Sacco, was 100% Sicilian. My father, James William
Burton, was primarily of English background. I attended
Archbishop Molloy High School
in Briarwood, Queens NY. I have five brothers and
one sister -- I am the youngest. Most of my family still resides in New
York or Pennsylvania.
I have worked for the
US Postal Service
since 1968, and have a route in the Pacific Heights
area of San Francisco
since 1980. For the last two years I have been on
a special joint Labor/Management Detail working on automation in the USPS.
Throughout my career, I have been active in the
National Association of Letter Carriers
at various levels of their structure. I have been
a Full-Time Local President (, San Francisco)
and the Director of Education for the
California State Association of Letter Carriers
. As a National Representative, I had one of the best
records for advocacy at Arbitration Hearings. In addition, I have edited
our local union newspaper THE VOICE.
My wife, Catherine Balestrieri
Burton, and I enjoy our travels throughout Europe,
and usually visit our Sicilian Relatives at least once every three (3) years.
Her family comes primarily from Sant'Elia near Palermo, and from Sant'Agata
in Messina Province.
I became interested, and then engrossed, in genealogy
after my now departed cousin, Dolores Gillen, started doing some serious
digging into our Sacco family tree. Much of the information that is
currently in my files (on Sacco) are the results of her efforts. I had
been using a little known and formally GREAT genealogy program called
for several years. This past year I switched to a
FREE genealogy program from the LDS called
PAF 5.2 for Windows
. I have found it far more powerful than any other "pay" program
and it seems to be the standard for most professional genealogists. You
can download it for free from their
. As a "spin-off" to the genealogical research, I started
a Sacco Family Newsletter, that was mailed to virtually all known direct
relatives in the USA.
My computer interest started with an Apple II. I
currently use (as of Dec. 2002) a "custom" Compaq Presario 8000 Pentium
IV 2.53 ghz with a HP 2000i DVD+R burner and an ATI All-In-Wonder 128
meg. 8500 videocard. We also have a new Minolta/QMS 2300 Color Laser
printer, and a Samsung 17" LCD. Our home network also includes our
older "custom" Micro Pro
system with a Pentium III 500, 256 megs, ATI All-in-Wonder
Rage 128 video, DVD, V95 Optiquest 19" Monitor, etc. My our ultimate
backup system is my old Quantex
. I also have a Mustek 8000SP flatbed
color scanner, an Epson Photo 870 injet printer, an Epson 850z Digital Camera,
and a Lexmark 4029 Laser (needs to be fixed) I am the webmaster
for the California
State Association of Letter Carriers
Golden Gate Branch 214, NALC
, and theSonoma
County Genealogical Society
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