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, June 23, 1999 with 24 members and guests attending. Minutes of the May meeting taken by
Jeanie MARSALIA were passed around. Lin welcomed back members Sharen Nichols, Sheila Dugosh and
Tony Abbattista and introduced Francine McDonald, daughter of Bert and Frank Henry and Sandula (Sadie)
MANGO SAMPERI, her mother's sister, visiting from Florida.
Lin passed around the master list of member's surnames and addresses
for corrections. She reminded
everyone that the July meeting is changed from Saturday to Sunday, July 18. Augie Troiani donated a door
prize for the October 2000 POINTer Conference. An August meeting date will be set to discuss conference
Virginia MACRI Gerick (#2730) sent for the passenger ship list of her
grandparents Pasquale & Rafaela
MACRI. She passed around an article from the April 1999 Catholic Digest called "Easter in a Place called
Sheila BAYHA Dugosh finally had a breakthrough with a telephone call
from an aunt who's been
searching for Sheila's family since the 1960's. The aunt's information helped unravel
unknown family relationships and surnames and towns. As a result, Sheila added the names NOTARIANNI,
CARIO and PUTERI from SAN MANGO D'AQUINO to her family line. A cousin is also sending
Don VILLONI (#3985) is having The Library of Congress issue a copyright
on the remaining marches written
by his grandfather Dominic VILLONI that were not already copyrighted. Through a friend, Don located one
of two lost scores of the 30 - 32 marches his grandfather composed. The sheet music to "Big
Demonstration" was discovered in an elderly lady's basement. Don may attend a cousin's
daughter's wedding in Torino, Italy in September.
Tony ABBATTISTA (#2641) has ordered new microfilm from Corato, Bari.
Louis SCOPEL found death certificates of his grandparents, Innocento
and Lara BIONDINI, but not the
deed record he was looking for, in Palo Pinto Co, TX.
Jamie CANNONE gave a favorable review of Sharon DeBartolo Carmack's
new book Organizing
Your Family History Search.
Jeanie MARSALIA sent for a ship record from the National Archives. She's
waiting for a response to
whether the Torino records have been filmed.
Bill Brinkman passed around copies of 1835 Processetti Records from
Capua Italy, which are marriage
documents (also called allegati) and include birth records of both the bride and groom, permission to marry or
death records of the parents and marriage banns.
Marie MASTRANGELO has a new family photo of her grandmother and her siblings, from a cousin.
Joe MASTRANGELO (#2614) displayed new books on the history of Italy
and a new Atlas of Italy that he
bought at Travel Fest. He is searching for the family of his Uncle JOSEPH PIZZALATO who married Mary
MALACA c.1923-25 and lived in Manhattan, at least until World War II. Joe is still waiting for responses
from a church in Putignano, Bari, a Bishop's office in Bari and a request about military records for his
MASTRANGELO grandfather. He is also still trying to pinpoint the originating Sicilian town of his
VETRANO family. A cousin confirmed the town name of Matera, Italy for his PUGLIESE family.
Augie TROIANI reported on his John COSTA research.
Laurie GUGINO Riester is leaving this weekend for Italy.
Sharen APPINO Nichols (#2649) was glad to be back. She is visiting uncles
in Colorado in September and
hopes to get some new family information.
Francine Henry McDonald mentioned a book that she has by Ann Gunter
about Italians in Texas that she will
locate and share with the group.
Frank HENRY (IANNARINO) (#3258) and wife Beth were congratulated on
their 55 years of marriage
(June 17). Daughter, Francine, brought a cake for us to celebrate. Frank had been in the hospital for the last
two weeks and was looking and feeling much better.
Pat Oxley received several pages of the microfilm numbers of records
from Torino, Italy; she shared a copy
with Jeanie, who is also reseaching in Torino. She suggested that we keep a list of available microfilms for the
towns our members research. Pat has a copy of the Italians to America 1880-1893 CD and will do lookups.
She bought Power Translator Pro and loves it. She suggested Austin Photo Lab to anyone wanting a negative
or copy made from an old photo. Laurie and Marilyn have also used them.
Marilyn MANISCALCO Henley (#1653) and husband Arthur returned from a
12 day European cruise that
left from Rome and ended in London with 9 port stops. They spent 2 days in Rome seeing some of the
gorgeous and historical sites. She also just returned from 4 days in San Diego, visiting her brother Jack
Maniscalco and Baja, CA with her female in-laws. Marilyn passed out flyers to the August 21st Austin
Genealogical Society Seminar of which she is co-chair. The seminar features national genealogy author and
lecturer Myra Vanderpool Gormley.
Lin reminded everyone that our next meeting is at 1:00 p.m, SUNDAY, JULY 18 Bring $1 and a pot luck dish.
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