POINTers IN PERSON Minutes
Chapter # 10 Central Texas/Austin
Marilyn MANISCALCO Henley (# 1653)
Lin ONOFRIO Brinkman (# 1388) opened the POINTers In Person meeting at 6:30 pm on April 24, 2002 at the Griffith Round Rock Library with 12 members attending. Lin gave out information regarding several local Italian related events including The Chalk Festival on April 27 and the Italian Booth at The International Red Cross Day, May 11.
She and Bill reported that they represented the Austin # 10 PIP at an Italian genealogy workshop they presented to 26 Italian researchers, sponsored by the San Antonio Columbus Society. Attending was Cavalier Francesco Cristadoro, who represents San Antonio and Austin. Lin and Bill met him in Oct 2000 at the luncheon the Columbus society had prepared for the POINT 2000 Conference attendees.
Marilyn MANISCALCO Henley (# 1653) encouraged more members to sign up for the 2002 POINT Conference planned for October 10-12 in Salt Lake City. She pointed out the lecture topics & speakers from the Spring 2002 POINTers. This will be a grand opportunity to learn more about Italian genealogy, make new friends, see old ones and get research assistance, all in one place. Currently registered are Marilyn, Pat Oxley, Joe & Marie Mastrangelo, Louis & Kay Scopel. Information & registration forms are in the Spring 2002 POINTers and http://www.geocities.com/slcpip/
Marilyn shared an April 2002 article from Texas Co-op Power http://www.texas-ec.org/tcp/402pow.html about an opera, Belliniís War based on the non-fiction book Italian POWís and a Texas Church about 7 Italian POW ís in Umbarger TX. She also shared a paper about a business owned by Anthony Colonnetta, of Sicily, and his wife Alice Pontillo.
She related that Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and John Colletti would be speakers at the (FGS) National Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in early August in Ontario CA. Also, the speaker for the August 24 Austin Genealogical Society Seminar will be Jonathan Galli who lectured at the 2000 POINT Conference. AGS is collecting items to fill themed baskets to raffle, to purchase census film, at the seminar and is accepting donations. Jim and Virginia Gerick are putting together a Czech Basket. Lin will donate some PIP items, and member Joan PORCARO will donate 2 bags of homemade biscotti from her Italian Pastry Company, Giovanni & Co http://www.askgiovanni.com/index.html
Jamie CANNONE is perfecting his research skills on the Ellis Island website, using the alternative spellings search.
Carol MAINA Roam (# 4623) will be the new web mistress replacing Tony ABBATTISTA, our current chapter web master.
Dorothy MANGO Lippincott enjoyed lunch with two natives of Livorno Italy, PIP member, Maria TONTI Schulze, and Mia CALOSCHI.
Tony ABBATTISTA (# 2641) received a reply from a POINTer in New Jersey who also researches in Bari.
Bill Brinkman has been doing fascinating Civil War Research for a client.
Sheila BAYHA Dugosh (# 4365) showed 1926 photos & a newspaper clipping with her grandfather PIRAINO in the Mutual Benefit Society in Scranton made up of immigrants from San Mango di Aquino. She continues in her quest for more old family photos and prayer cards from her brother. She shared a poem written by her cousin Mary Claire about their grandmother.
Jeannie MARSALIA (# 4251) is exchanging emails with a cousin about their grandmotherís family. She also found her grandparentsí marriage certificate, showing their marriage date as March 1, 1897.
Joe Mastrangelo (# 2614) continues to build his database. He has found the PUGLIESE name back to 1775.
Next PIP Meeting is May 22 at 6:30 P.M. in Room D at the Round Rock
Library. Our new web site will be announced when it is ready.