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 1:00 pm on July 15, 2000 at the Bank One in Round Rock after
everyone had enjoyed the fabulous pot luck lunch. Thirty members and guests
welcomed newcomer David MESSINEO, who is a co-worker with member Janet Green.
Lin announced that beginning in August, our meetings are moving to the Round Rock Library. The Bank One building owner is leasing our the current meeting space, and it will no longer available to the 30 or so groups currently using it. Since the library charges for a meeting space, the annual dues were raised from $10 to $12, which was collected.
Jamie CANNONE reported that the microfilm of Vische, Torino, Piedmont arrived after six months, but it was worth the wait. He found the 1884 marriage record for his great, great grandparents Bartolomeo VESCO and Rosa FAGA, and Rosa''s birth in 1865 and the 1854 marriage of her parents Bartolomeo FAGA and Vittoria BARO.
Louis SCOPEL (#4250) received nine pages of difficult to read naturalization papers for his and cousin Angie Clark''s grandfather, Siro/Ciro SCOPEL. He has written to Brazoria County, TX trying to locate a readable copy of those papers. He was able to make out the ship name Chicago and a date, so he has written to NARA for a copy of the passenger list.
Virginia MACRI Gerick (#2730) has written for a copy of her grandparent''s ship record. She brought a copy of the book, ""The Journey Home -- Eleven Italian American Narratives and An Utterance of Joy"" by Ross Talarico, which was reviewed in NIAF. Using the types of stories in the book as examples, she emphasized the importance of talking with our older relatives and recording their stories, and that we should all be writing down our own stories.
Mary Jo SCOMA Belk was welcomed back after a year''s absence. She is
in the process of moving to Austin from Gun Barrel City, TX and has registered
for the POINTer Conference. After the conference, she is planning a trip
CORLEONE, Sicily, where she will stay with cousins and continue to research the names RAGUSA, LIPARI AND LEGGIO.
Jeanie MARSALIA (#4251) received a copy of the 1910 Erath Co, TX census listing Dominico MARSALIA, who might be her grandfather''s brother. Jeanie received a letter from her uncle''s widow giving her some additional family information. She also received a land deed from Colorado Co, TX for her grandfather Giuseppe MARSALIA. Jeanie has ordered 3 new microfilms of CASELLI, TORINO records.
Chick CHIAPPORI found a maternal cousin during his and Gladys recent trip to Italy. The cousin''s name is GUARNIERI and is from NEIRONE, GENOA. Chick's father is from CHIAVARI.
Chick and Gladys commented on how crowed Italy is this year. No wonder -- our own members (and families) who have or will be traveling there in 2000 are: Angie SCOPEL Clark, Laurie GUGINO Riester, Pat Oxley, Chick and Gladys, Marilyn MANISCALCO Henley (one day counts), Louis SCOPEL, and Lin ONOFRIO Brinkman. (I''ve probably forgotten someone.)
Christy PALUMBO Foster (# 2767) said that she finally got to the Family History Center and will eventually look at some of the films from CASTLEVETRANO, Sicily that are already on loan. She will be ordering films from SALEMI, also.
Joyce TIANELLO Snodgrass is heading to Ohio soon to visit with her father
about the family. She just learned her aunts'' married names are PASQUALONE,
AGRESTA, MARTINO, and REMIGO. These are the aunts who immigrated to the
U.S., possibly from Collercovino, Italy and settled in the Youngstown, Ohio area. A correction from last months'' minutes -- the name of her grandmother's ship is LA TOURAINE.
Zina VERSAGGI Graalfs (# 3336) has received eight new rolls of microfilm records of SICULIANA, AGRIGENTO, SICILY. The records helped her connect the New Jersey bunch of VERSAGGI.
Frank and Bert HENRY (IANNARINO) (# 3258) report good progress on their house being built in San Angelo and expect to move in the first week of September.
Eugenia ASSAIBENE Luken received contact information for possible cousins Carolina ASSAIBENE in GALLARATE, Italy and for Luigia ASSAIBENE, in SAN VITTORE OLONA, Italy.
Bill BRINKMAN finished writing and putting together his book about the BRINKMAN and KYLE Family Lines. In December, he is planning to tour the Ukraine town where a tour guide located and filmed some of Bill''s elderly cousins, after he and Lin visit with their son, who is stationed at Frankfurt Germany. Lin will go to Italy during Bill''s Ukraine trip.
David MESSINEO is new to the group. His known surnames are MESSINEO, PETRALIN and SOTTANA, and the families are from Sicily. David''s wife, Beth's maiden name is FENOGLIO.
Marilyn MANISCALCO Henley (# 1653) showed a photo of her New Orleans cousins from her trip last month. One of the cousins sent a CD disk of his mother's 1946 wedding photos. Her daughter, Shelly Henley Kelly''s book, ""Through a Night of Horrors, Voices from the 1900 Galveston Storm"" will be released August 15. Marilyn and Arthur and his mother and their (other) daughter and her husband will leave soon for Zurich and Germany, with that one day overnight trip to Milan. She reminded everyone about the Austin Genealogical Society Seminar on August 19 with speaker William Dollarhide.
The next POINTer Conference meeting is July 30 at 1 pm at the Brinkman home.
The next PIP meeting is Wednesday, August 23 at the Round Rock Library at 6:30 pm.