POINTers IN PERSON Minutes
Chapter # 10 Central Texas/Austin
Marilyn MANISCALCO Henley (# 1653)
Lin ONOFRIO Brinkman (# 1388) opened the monthly POINTers In Person
meeting at 6:30 pm on February 27, 2002 at the Round Rock Library with
17 members and 2 guests attending. Lin welcomed Tish MORONE who is researching
surnames D'AURIO and MORONE and Scott Patrick, who is researching MOTTO and GARAGUSI. They are both just beginning their research.
Lin read a thank you letter from Chris LaPlante, Texas State Archivist, for the donation of the POINT Directory to the genealogy collection at the Texas State Archives. Lin asked if the group wanted to co-sponsor a booth with the Italian Cultural Club of Austin at a festival sponsored by the American International Red Cross on May 11. She also announced a benefit sponsored by Capra & Cavelli (clothing store) on March 7. Also, she announced the ICA' s fundraiser for the UT Rome Study Program to be held April 13, catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill.
Marilyn MANISCALCO Henley (# 1653) announced that she and Pat Oxley
(#3713) have registered for the POINT Conference and have made their hotel
and airline reservations. Louis and Kay Scopel have also registered for
conference. Marilyn passed around blank registration forms and conference information. She is doing some additional research about her grandfather's cousin who died in New Orleans in the 1890's. She and her daughter Shelly Kelly are two of four presenters at the West Bell Genealogical Society Beginners Seminar on March 23. Shelly's book, Through a Night of Horrors - Voices of the 1900 Galveston Storm is in a 2nd printing.
Carol MAINA Roam (#4623) found out that her great grandfather was naturalized before he died, and she has ordered the microfilm with that record.
Di Frei and Jamie CANNONE began by thanking Marilyn for putting forth
the time and effort to record and send out the PIP meeting minutes. Jamie
was contacted by two different researchers after reading his surnames and
locations in the minutes. Currently, Jamie is working with each person
on their probable family connections. And, Jamie offered thanks to Augie
TROIANI for getting him back to researching his "other" names and not just those from Sicily.
Scott Patrick knows that his maternal great, great grandparents settled in Manhattan and Brooklyn; he found Joseph MOTTO on the 1920 census and on a naturalization index. He is searching for the Petition and Declaration of Intention.
Bill Brinkman announced that he has added the surname AMEDOMO, found in 1844 Lakeshore Ontario probate records; she married Henry Brinkman's son John.
Louis SCOPEL (#4250) thanked everyone for their condolences on the death of his parents.
Marie Mastrangelo received a photo of her parents that she had never seen before from a cousin.
Joe MASTRANGELO (#2614) found a marriage certificate for his great grandfather
Giuseppe PUGLIESE and his first wife Anna Maria NETTI. To date, his MASTRANGELO/PUGLIESE
databases contain about 780 Marriage records &
1000 Birth records extracted from the LDS' - Putignano films. Virginia MACRI Gerick (#2730) received a photo of her grandparents from a cousin last month. She began a discussion of the book and movie, Secret of Santa Vittoria written in 1968 by Robert Criten. Virginia reminded everyone about the chapter's lending library.
Ursula PASSAFUMA Rader (#4467) has four new surnames, some are spelling variations, that did not make it into the 2002 POINT directory. They are GANCI, LO JACONO, RIILI and PASSAFIUME all from Alia, Sicily. She received a contact regarding her RILLI name.
Bill Rader received information from Iowa City, Iowa about his grandmother; he is looking for her naturalization. He also received WWI Selection Service information for two uncles.
Don VILLONI (#3985) contacted a cousin in California and asked her to give him the full name of the family members for whom she used only the first names in her Christmas letter so he could identify who was who. He used the Google.com search for Villoni and our chapter's PIP minutes came back as well as many other hits. He reminded everyone that sometimes your surname is in a record but not necessarily as the principal party, such as a witness.
Ernie and Gloria GAMBACCINI SILVA bought Family Tree Maker, version 7 for $39, which started a discussion about computer outlet stores in Austin. Gloria said that she has searched on her names in AskJeeves.com. They mentioned that there is an article about Salt Lake City in the Jan/Feb issue of Texas Journey magazine. Ernie relayed his experiences of driving in Venice. They mentioned that they were amazed at the beauty of Croatia, which they toured on their cruise.
Next meeting is a potluck luncheon on Saturday, March 16 from 1:30 -
4:30 at the Round Rock Library.