POINTers IN PERSON Minutes
Marilyn MANISCALCO Henley (#1653)
Lin ONOFRIO Brinkman (#1388) opened the monthly POINTers In Person meeting
at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 25 with 21 members attending. Minutes of the
July meeting were distributed. Lin passed around Kingdom of Italy flags and
pins that members ordered through her from Ruffin Flag Co (1-888-884-3524);
she added that the Kingdom of Italy flag is displayed in one scene of the
movie “Tea with Mussolini”, which is playing at the area dollar theater. Lin
showed an Italian colored key chain that her mother, Dorothy MANGO ONOFRIO
Lippincott made for her.
Louis SCOPEL received the passenger manifest from NARA of the s/s France,
sailing from LeHavre arriving in NY on July 10, 1914 that shows his
grandmother and mother, Carmelina and Maria Biondini from Lesignamo, Palmia,
Tony ABBATTISTA (#2641) reported that the Corato, Bari microfilm, that
back to 1831, has arrived at the FHC. He is filling in the sibling names to
D’ORIA, CATERINA, ABBATTISTA and TATOLI.
Joe MASTRANGELO (#2614) thanked everyone for his get well cards during
recuperation. He announced that he has exhausted the LDS filmed records for
the communes of Putignano, Matera and Campofiorito. He has his MASTRANGELO
family back to 1740 in Putignano and cannot go back any further. He has a
copy of the 1867 marriage record of his great grandparents Giuseppe PUGLIESE
and Maria Luigi LAPORTA.
Joe has a final record to tie the MASTRANGELO families of Putignano,
together and is organizing those records into a database to apply them to
the proper families. He ordered ten historical maps of Italy on June 13 from
the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. Washington, D.C. 20540
(202) 707-5000, web site: http://www.loc.gov/ but has not received them yet.
Maria TONTI Schulze, received a letter from WalMart, agreeing to donate
items to the POINT Conference. Maria passed around a 6” antique doll dressed
in costume of Livorno, Italy, Maria’s home town, that her daughter and
son-in-law bought for her.
Marilyn MANISCALCO Henley (#1653) passed around copies of photos of
Sicily sent by Bob Battaglia of San Antonio. She mentioned a new contact in
Houston that Joe sent her because she had LORIA family from Poggioreale,
Sicily. Turns out they knew each other in CYO in high school, and they are
distant cousins, which they didn’t know in the 1960’s. Marilyn is working
on some Alia records for the name VASSALLO.
The Austin Genealogical Society annual seminar, which Marilyn co-chaired,
was a great success. She thanked Virginia and Jim, who helped and Angie
Clark, who also was among the 203 people registered. Marilyn is presenting a
genealogy class on other records and professional researchers for Life Time
Learning on September 29 with other AGS members presenting additional
classes. Marilyn and Arthur’s first grandchild by daughter Shelly Kelly is
due in the next few weeks.
Gladys and Chick CHIAPPORI spent two months in Amsterdam, New York visiting
friends and family. Chick announced that the NY restaurants are getting
better and better.
Bill Brinkman added to Lin’s surname list: RAGOZZINO, RUSSO, and TROTTA
San Angelo in Formis, Caserta, Campania and MASTROJANNI from San Clemente,
Caserta, Campania. Lin received two local history books about San Angelo in
Formis and Caserta from her cousin in Italy.
Jamie CANNONE is stalled on his research of the TRICOLI and DORIA families
of San Piero Patti, ME, Sicilia. He is presently working on ALIQUO,
TRUSSIANO, MOBILIA and MENDOLIA from Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, ME, Sicilia
for 1835-1845 and VESCO, OTTINO, FAGA and FIORINA from Mercenasco TO,
Piemonte for 1870-1900.
Virginia MACRI Gerick (#2730) received passenger lists from NARA for
paternal grandparents: s/s Chateau Leoville, arrived NY March 22, 1883 from
Bordeaux with gf Pasquale MACRI and s/s Archimede, arrived NY May 16, 1884
via Palermo, Naples & Gibralter with gm Raffaela DE ANGELIS. Virginia’s
mother, who was a small child, was not listed. She will order microfilms for
two Italian towns when she and Jim return from New Haven Connecticut, her
hometown. They will do family research while there. Virginia also brought a
copy of a bound set of 1916 National Geographic that had an extensive
article about Italy.
Jim Gerick related his recent adventure of showing Austin to a
from the Czech Republic before they attended a Czech seminar in Hillsboro,.
Jeanie MARSALIA ordered a Declaration of Intention from Colorado County,
for her MARSALIA grandfather. The Texas Vital Records office cannot locate a
death certificate for his 1955 death. Jeanie received a response from
cousins in Illinois who will share old records that they have of a MARQUETTE
uncle, her mother’s brother.
Jeanie read an item that was in the Austin American Statesman, “only
percent of Italy’s population could speak Italian when that complex of mixed
identities was unified into a nation in 1861.”
Sheila BAYHA Dugosh showed PIRAINO family charts sent by her cousin
Piraino from his family research. Through him, Sheila’s mother met some of
her cousins and other family for the first time. She showed photos and noted
the family resemblance.
The next POINTer In Person Meeting is Wednesday, September 22. Members
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