May 23, 2007 Meeting Minutes
POINTers IN PERSON Minutes
Chapter # 10 Central Texas/Austin
Submitted by: Sherry PACELLI Haddox (#4883)
Lin ONOFRIO Brinkman (#1388) was unable to attend our meeting due to illness so her husband, Bill, opened the meeting on May 23rd with 7 people in attendance. Bill told us all about their recent trip to Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, Bosnia and Poland where they met Bill's cousins. He brought pictures and passed them around to our group. Their daughter-in-law is originally from Bosnia and they visited with her family. Their son, daughter-in-law and year old granddaughter were there visiting her family at the same time!
Joe MASTRANGELO (#2614) is continuing to extract morti records from 1809 on. He is currently viewing 1859 records.
Some of Joe's recent finds include:
- Rosa Maria RICCIARDI - sister to his great-grandmother, Angela Grazia RICCIARDI.
- Lucrezia PUGLIESE - great-aunt to his grandmother, Antonia PUGLIESE.
- Mariangela LOLIVA - grandmother to his grandmother, Antonia PUGLIESE.
- Pasquale RICCIARDI - his grandmother, Angela Grazia RICCIARDI'S brother (one of four).
Joe found an apparent mistake in a record recording the death of a 3 year old Giovanni Pugliese. In the record, under the father's name, it states "figlio di suddetto
Giuseppe Domenico". But, where it reports the information on Giuseppe Domenico, instead of Pugliese it has "Lippolis". The father's name must be the same as the
child's so this must be a mistake in the recording.
Some time ago Joe requested a copy of the "Report to the Congress of the United States - A Review of the Restrictions on Persons of Italian Ancestry During World War ll - November 2001. He recently received it from the US Department of Justice. It contains a list of the people that were affected. It also contains a chronology of events and orders issued by certain officials that speaks of excessive, if not illegal, actions on their part. Some Italians were interned or put under restrictions BEFORE the United States declared war on Italy. It also points to negative "attitudes" of the officials at the time. Joe said it makes for some very interesting reading.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30pm. Our next meeting will be June 27th at 6:30pm at Merrill Gardens in Round Rock.