POINTers IN PERSON Minutes
Chapter # 10 Central Texas/Austin
Submitted by: Lin ONODEIO Brinkman (#1388)
Meeting of POINT # 10/ Central Texas called to order at 6:30 pm in the guest house of Bill and Lin ONOFRIO Brinkman with nine present.
Scott PATRICK (#4819) received the obituaries he ordered through the Pueblo, Colorado Public Library. These were primarily for the family of Scott's great-uncle George Franklin Patrick. Among the things Scott learned were the maiden name of George's wife, Mary McAfee Patrick, the family burial place, and death dates for most family members. Scott is starting to check other public library web sites to see what things they might offer.
Jeanie MARSALIA (#4251), along with Betty TOMMASELLI Glaser,
traveled in Italy on a bus tour from 4-5-13 to 4-15-13. They visited
Rome, the Vatican, Venice, Verona, Florence, Sorrento, Isle of Capri,
and Pompeii before returning to Rome to fly home. They took optional
excursions to ancient and magnificent Rome and the Seven Hills, a
lagoon cruise to the islands of Murano and Burano, and a visit to the
medieval city of San Gimignano. Visits to a gold jewelry store, a
leather factory, the Murano glass factory, and a woodworking factory
were part of the tour. They stopped to visit a British WWII cemetary
in Monte Cassino on the way back to Rome.
For the tour's farewell dinner at the Cabiria Bar Festaurant (where a scene from the movie, "La Dolce Vita" was filmed), Jeanie's son, Shane Mahon, flew into Rome from his home in Holland. Jeanie and Betty visited more with Shane at a street cafe where they enjoyed cappuccinos before departing back to the hotel for the final night in Rome.
Betty TOMMASELLI Glaser (#5297) talked about her trip to Italy with Jeanie Marsalia, and said that one of the stops was on the Isle of Capri where she noticed a shop sign that read, "Ragozzino Shoes". Since her great-aunt Rose ONOFRIO was married to Albert RAGOZZINO in Connecticut, and his father Pasquale was from Italy, Betty stopped to take a picture. The owner of the store came out and they had a chat. He then introduced his father, and gave Betty his card and e-mail address, which she sent to Ragozzino cousins in CT.
Stace SMARELLI commented on how he was able to get back to his g-g-grandfather, born in 1798, but that he had "hit the wall". Bill Brinkman offered a few suggestions that Stace will pursue and hopes to have more information by the next meeting.
Susan TYLER located the records for San Pietro Apostolo on familysearch.org. They are not indexed, so it has been a laborious effort to go through them page by page. She found several documents, including her grandfather's birth record, his siblings' birth records, and their parents' marriage.
Next meeting: 22 May 2013