POINTers IN PERSON Minutes
Chapter # 10 Central Texas/Austin
Marilyn MANISCALCO Henley (# 1653)
Lin ONOFRIO Brinkman (# 1388) opened the monthly POINTers In Person
at 6:30 pm on August 23, 2000 at the Round Rock Library with 17 members
Marilyn MANISCALCO Henley (# 1653) reported that she and Arthur, his
mother, and their daughter, Lisa, and son-in-law, Brian, enjoyed their
12 day trip to Zurich, Germany, Milan and Innsbruck in late July. She showed
Italian books she bought for her granddaughter, Cameron. Marilyn also passed around her other daughter''s newly released book, ""Through a Night of Horrors, Voices from the 1900 Galveston (TX) Storm"". The Austin Genealogical Seminar was held on August 19 with 182 attendees with Marilyn as co-chair.
Marilyn read an e-mail note from member Joyce TIANELLO Snodgrass relating her recent trip to Ohio to visit her father and other family members. Joyce wanted to mention that everyone should try to obtain holy cards that are given out at funerals for family information.
Virginia MACRI Gerick (#2730) had a wonderful time at the Family History
Center with Joe Mastrangelo helping her to read microfilm of Alvingano
records looking for MACRI marriages. The name was spelled MAGRO in these
records. Her cousin sent the date of her grandfather''s ship arrival. She mentioned ""The Italian Americans"" by J. Philip di Franco, a book that highlights everyday people, not celebrities. Joe mentioned that he is reading ""The Immigrant Upraised"" by Andrew F. Rolle, which talks about where and why the immigrants went and if they remained.
Bill BRINKMAN reported that John Roppolo sent a schedule of the Sons of Italy, San Marcos Chapter. Their next meeting is August 29 at Joe''s Italian Garden in San Marcos. Bill is now working on an appendum to his Brinkman-Kyle Family Book. He sent copies of the book to family members and the Texas State Library.
Frank and Bert HENRY (IANNARINO) (# 3258) move into their new home in San Angelo next month. We will miss them.
Angie CLARK (#1538) received copies of Italian family certificates from her sister that included their parents'' marriage certificate, dad''s citizenship paper, a deceased baby brother''s birth record and their mother''s grammar school diploma from Manvel Texas.
Joe MASTRANGELO (# 2614) is still extracting birth and marriage records from Putignano. Marie found a Pizzalato from Stroudsburg PA in the Social Security death index.
Ursula PASSAFUMA Rader and Marilyn shared Mortellaro family and Alia Sicily information, which they have in common. Ursula was assisted in her research at the Galveston and Texas History Center by Marilyn''s daughter, Shelly Kelly. Bill Rader has a reunion in his hometown of Storm Lake, Burena Vista County, Iowa.
Gloria GAMBACCINI Silva''s mother passed away this summer. Gloria''s older cousin went to Mondalvo, Umbria, Italy.
Don VILLONI (#3985) talked about the importance of developing a relationship
with family members in Italy before visiting with them. He''s found eight
possible Villoni relatives in France.
Pat OXLEY (# 3713) showed a Family Tree magazine she is receiving. The October issue has an article, ""That''s Italian"". Pat had a fabulous experience during her trip to Italy. She met a lady on the internet who lives in Torino and helped her in the village of Prascorsano with the records. They met and visited with the oldest resident of the town. They found BUFFO records of where the name was doubled. They also went to the archives in Torino and searched in those records. Her new names are GECO/GECCO, FRASCA and BERTA. Two weeks after returning, she attended the BUFFO reunion in Illinois taking a family book she compiled along with her new information.
Jeanie MARSALIA (#4251) received a letter from a cousin in Illinois who sent obituaries of her father''s oldest sister, Margaret MARCHETTE NARDINI, who died in 1925 in Collinsville, Illinois.
Our next meeting is Wed, Sept 27, 2000 at 6:30 pm at the Round Rock Library.