POINTers IN PERSON Minutes
Chapter # 10 Central Texas/Austin
Marilyn MANISCALCO Henley (# 1653)
Lin ONOFRIO Brinkman (# 1388) opened the POINTers In Person Potluck luncheon meeting at 1:30 pm on March 16, 2002 at the Griffith Round Rock Library with 13 members and 1 guest attending. She welcomed guest Rosemary GRAZIANO Morris who is researching the surnames MISURACA/MISUROCO, LAMONTE/LO MONTE, DELIBERTO, PIAZZA and GRAZIANO in the Sicilian towns of Vicari, Alia and Lercara Friddi.
Lin ONOFRIO Brinkman (#1388) passed on the best wishes of Augie and Lori TROIANI, who are moving to Summerfield, FL. The members wish them fervent wishes for their health and well being.
Several Austin area events are being planned to further knowledge of
Italy. The Italian Cultural Association of Austin (ICA) holds a monthly
Pizza Night at Reale's on HWY 183 in North Austin to attract new members,
and their Primavera Dinner Dance is on April 13. The Austin Food and Wine
Festival is planned for April 7 with Italian wines highlighted. Following
400-year-old tradition in Italy, Austin's Chalk Art Festival is scheduled for April 27 at Central Market on Lamar, and the ICA Tarantella Dancers will perform. POINT #10 and ICA will participate in the Red Cross International Festival on May 11. The booth will have Italian food, and the dancers will perform. The ICA family event, Spaghetti Night is set for June 9 at the Lakeway Activity Center; the men will cook. For more information on ICA events go to http://www.austinitalians.org
Carol MAINA Roam (#4623) received her grandfather's 1902 naturalization petition application filed in Elk City, PA. Since he filed as "underage", he did not need to file a first petition. She searched on Google.com and found her grandmother's town of Settimo Rottaro.
Di Frei & Jamie CANNONE are taking ballroom dance lessons in preparation for their wedding reception in October. Jamie read that Google.com is rated as the best search engine. He shared information from the March-April issue of Family Chronicle. He is continuing to research names on Ellis Island records and Westmoreland County, PA mine records. He recommended the PA GenWeb site.
Bill Brinkman received his first two commissions for Civil War/Texas research. He has read through seven of nine FHC Naples tapes for BRETTONE/BUTTONE.
Joe MASTRANGELO (#2614) is working with the 1859-1865 civil records in Putignano (Bari) for MASTRANGELO & PUGLIESE. Marie SIMONSEN Mastrangelo, looking for ancestors on Google, instead found her son and daughter listed.
Laurie GUGINO Riester (# 3878) and her daughter Kelly are going to France and to Laurie's maternal grandmother's hometown of Weilheim, Germany, near Munich.
Jeannie MARSALIA (#4251) passed around a 1940's picture she received of her Grandmother Marchetti and her brother. She is in touch with a cousin who thinks that their grandparents' brother remained in Italy and will follow up on this clue. She requested material from the Confederate Museum at Hill College in Hillsboro, TX on her Mother's Uncle Merritt "Buck" Hoover.
Ernie & Gloria GAMBACCINI SILVA received brochures from the Tourist Bureau in Marche, Italy, and talked about their cruise to Italy.
The next meeting is 6:30-9:00 pm, Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at Griffith
Round Rock Public Library.