POINTers IN PERSON Minutes
Chapter # 10 Central Texas/Austin
Submitted by: Sherry PACELLI Haddox (#4883)
Lin ONOFRIO Brinkman (#1388) opened the monthly meeting of POINTers In Person, Chapter #10, Austin/Central Texas on April 27, 2005 at 6:30 pm at the Round Rock Library with 9 people in attendance. Lin's husband, Bill Brinkman, reported that he found Lin's parents, as children, on the 1930 New Haven and Orange, CT, census.
Jeanie MARSALIA (#4251) went to the LDS library a couple of weeks ago and viewed the military record films she had ordered. She did not find anything for her grandfather, Giuseppe MARSAGLIA. She plans to order another type of military record and continue her search for any possible records.
Joe MASTRANGELO (#2614) told us that over the course of the past several weeks he was contacted independently by two people regarding his great-uncle, Leonardo PIZZOLATO. The first person to contact him was his second cousin, Hank Lichtman, who he has been out of contact with for 50 years. He volunteered to provide Joe with some pictures of his great-uncle, Leonardo, and his family and business.
The second person to contact him was Leonardo's great-granddaughter, Faye, informing Joe of her father's (Jack LICATA) death. Jack had been his only contact with that side of his family until now.
Regarding his records extraction: Joe found his great-uncle Domenico's birth record from 1887. He died in 1891. He has completed the Marriage records for MASTRANGELO & PUGLIESE from 1809 to 1900 He has completed the Birth records from 1809 to 1886 for MASTRANGELO & PUGLIESE He is currently extracting Birth records from 1887 to 1897.
He is processing the last two records that are required for his dual citizenship: He sent his Birth Certificate to the New York State Dept. for the Apostille. And, he sent his great-grandfather's Death Certificate to the New York county clerk for signature authentication. When it's returned to Joe he'll have to send it to the New York State Dept. for the Apostille. The remaining steps include: Submitting 4 documents to the Italian Consulate in New York for translation and submitting all the documents to the Italian Consulate in Houston for the final processing.
Marie Simonsen MASTRANGELO told us that she and her husband, Joe, went to Norway to visit her first cousin, Daniel. Before they left, Daniel gave her a few sheets of paper containing some of their family history. When Marie and Joe retired they both got involved in doing their Family Tree, Joe his Italian and Marie her Norwegian. With the information Daniel had given her she was able to do an inter library loan and received the two copies of the book Daniel retrieved the information from. The books were from the Yale Library. These books are called Bygdaboks in Norway and contain family records on each families' farm. Marie's grandmother and father were both from the same area in Norway so she was able to gather information from her four great-grandparents' families. Marie brought her father's family history for all to see and explained how her family's name came to be.
Scott Patrick (4819) was contacted by another researcher interested in the GARAGUSI line. This researcher, while not directly related, is the granddaughter of the step-son of Scott's great-aunt Adelaide GARAGUSI MONACO. The step-son, Filippo MONACO, is the oldest son of Arcangelo MONACO and his first wife, Lucia MACCARONE. Scott was not aware of this line before the contact. In searching for the marriage date for Arcangelo and Adelaide, Scott stumbled on the death records for two other great-aunts and sisters of Adelaide, Amalia MARONE GALGANO and AURORA GARAGUSI DERAGO. They both died in the 1920's in New York City. These records were found on the IGG (Italian Genealogy Group) web site at www.italiangen.org, which has an index for NYC deaths and NYC grooms.
Sherry PACELLI Haddox (#4883) called St. Rita's Shrine Catholic Church in the Bronx where her grandparents were married to see if the church records had more information than their Marriage Certificate. The church did have the dates both her grandparents were baptized and the name of each of the churches. She's looking for any information to help her find her grandfather's birth certificate. Her grandfather was baptized at Santa Maria Assunta in BENEVENTO, however, she doesn't know if it was the Province of BENEVENTO or the town. She will write to the church and hope for wonderful news! Eventually, she will probably hire a researcher in Italy.
The meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm. On May 21st we will have a pot-luck lunch from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Round Rock Library.