POINTers IN PERSON REPORT
Chapter #10-Texas, Central Texas/Austin
Marilyn Maniscalco Henley (#1653)
Fourteen members and spouses met at the home of Bill and Lin Onofrio Brinkman (#1388) on January 10 at 6:30 pm. Lin passed out the schedule for 1997 meetings (separate posting).
Plans and assignments for the January 25th Italian Workshop were discussed. We currently have 7 persons registered who are not connected with our club. Marilyn showed the announcements in the Houston Genealogical Forum and Family Historian Publications. Lin said that the Round Rock Newspaper interviewed her. An additional workshop meeting was set for Sat, Jan 18 for Lin, Bill, Joe, Marilyn and Tony.
Lin told that the movie, "The Big Night" would be out in video soon. She discovered that 16 Austin restaurants participated in a big feast with each preparing a dish from the movie, which was centered around Italian food and music.
Joe Mastrangelo (#2614) found the ship with his Vetrano great grandparents, s/s Bodacia, Feb 1878. He is still trying to determine which town the Pizzolatos came from but has narrowed the search to Trapani Province. He received Baptism certificates of four Pizzolato aunts and uncles from the Baton Rouge Diocese and a marriage certificate for Vetrano/Pizzolato from the Orleans Diocese, as well as a baptism certificate for his Pizzolato grandfather. Joe is still working on translations of original documents from Sherron Appino Nickels.
Eugenia Assaibene Luken told how she receives cards from Italian relatives, but has never tried responding with questions about the family history. Joe is going to help Eugenia translate some letters to Italian so that she can ask about the old families.
Sherron Appino Nickels is still looking for a ship record and has new films in at the Family History Center to read.
Marilyn Maniscalco Henley (#1653) told about finding the names of her grandmother's two sisters, Angela and Antonia Messina and Angela's husband, Silvestro Montalbano on the list for s/s Ancona, Dec 27, 1912 to New York. She found new LDS census and vital records films for Poggioreale, Trapani and census and baptism films for Alia, Palermo, Sicily.
Marilyn discovered a possible cousin (now confirmed) from Bryan (TX) signed up for the workshop. With her son now at Texas A & M, she has a "free" place to stay to do research in that area. She has also signed up for Italian classes through the University of Texas informal classes.
Bill Brinkman gave out the LDS catalog number (computer search) for passenger ships from 1903-1943. It is #1379501. Marilyn passed around her book of the current film rental listings at the Family History Center.
Frank Henry (Iannarino) told about meeting a lady in his hometown of Pittsburgh whose brother still lives in Termini Imerese, his father's birthplace.
The meeting was adjourned. Next meeting is our Workshop, Jan 25, 2 - 6 pm at the Bank One Building, IH 35 at Hwy 79 (Taylor exit).The next general meeting is Wed, Feb 19.
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