POINTers IN PERSON Minutes
Chapter # 10 Central Texas/Austin
Submitted by: Lin Onofrio Brinkman(#1388)
Lin ONOFRIO Brinkman (#1388) called the meeting to order with 11
She passed around her recently-acquired photo of her Dad, Jack Onofrio, with his Army-Air Corps squadron in 1943.
She reminded the members of the 5 December potluck Christmas party.
Guest Anyah BRUNO spoke about the Bruno and George Winery in Sour Lake, TX, belonging to her husband, Julian Bruno's family.
Betty TOMMASELLI Glaser has just joined POINT. She found a website named ITALIANSRUS located at http://www.italiansrus.com, and found a surname which matched that of her Paternal Great-grandmother, Lucia GIANNOTTA, as well as Lucia's father, Marzio Giannotta. Using the site, Betty emailed Sergio GIANNOTTA who was looking for relatives from Faicchio in Benevento, the same town as Betty's Maternal ancestors. Sergio promptly answered, saying he thought there could be a relationship, and forwarding her information to his family in Italy. ITALIANSRUS even has recipes handed down from generation to generation.
Scott Patrick (#4819) continues to go through the films from his ancestral town of LAURENZANA (PZ BA), specifically looking for death records of his 4th-great grandparents. To date he has found five death records :
Joe MASTRANGELO was awarded his Italian Citizenship in October 2005,
but never received a copy of his Italian Birth registration, or a
certificate of Citizenship. At the suggestion of fellow POINT # 10
member, Jeanie MARSALIA, Joe contacted the Houston Consul Generals
Office, and requested a copy of his Birth registration. A very helpful
Giulia Cerino Viali responded that they had not received a copy, and
therefore could not provide one. She suggested Joe email
email@example.com and request the documents from them. On
11/10/2010, Joe sent an email message. On 11/11/2010, they put copies
of the requested documents into the mail, and Joe received them on
11/15/2010; now that is service!
Joe is still awaiting contact from the FHC staff in Salt Lake City, regarding the disposition of the missing records for Putignano. There are between 5-15 years of records missing in the sequence. It is not known if the records exist, were filmed and then scheduled for re-filming, or simply misplaced. Joe said that the time frame these records represent are crucial to Joe's rebulding his family tree. He hopes to hear back from SLC so he may plan his next strategy.
Next meeting : 5 December Christmas party at Brinkman's.