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Marilyn MANISCALCO Henley (#1653)
Lin ONOFRIO Brinkman (#1388) opened the monthly PIP meeting Wed Nov 19, 1997 at 6:30 pm at the Bank One in Round Rock, TX with 15 members and guests in attendance. She introduced her aunt, Sadie MANGO SAMPERI, visiting from Florida.
After everyone read the minutes, Lin read an email note from Anita ZALENSKI of PIP #15, Northern New Jersey, asking about our by laws, dues, etc. All agreed to Lin's response that we are semi-organized, by choice; we have no by-laws and collect only $5 semi annually to cover our occasional expenses. Lin passed around a copy of YANKEE Magazine to show the genealogical query section.
Everyone agreed to have our holiday dinner on Sunday, December 14 at 1:00 p.m. It will be pot luck and be at the Brinkman home, 1804 Oakridge Dr, Round Rock.
New member Sam VOLPE was introduced. He is leaving for Bari, Italy December 1 and asked if anyone was familiar with where to obtain land records over there. Joe Mastrangelo will put out a request on PIE to try to help him. Sam is researching VOLPE of Cassano Murge, Bari & DEL GUIDICE of Aqua Viva Dell Fonti, Bari Italy.
Bill Brinkman and Sheila BAYHA Dugosh talked about the PERSI fische at the FHC and the available records Sheila inquired about various methods of organizing records.
Sharon APPINO Nickels (#2649) received the ship manifest s/s La Bretngne 18 March 1905 she ordered through the Family Tree Maker web page listing her grandfather, Giovanni APPINO. She has added Carlo & U.APPINO to her names.
Frank and Beth Henry (INNARINO) (#3258) passed around a newspaper article that ran in the San Diego Tribune on Sept 7, 1997 about Italian families in Pittsburgh (his hometown) being relocated during World War II. Their contact in Italy, Carlo Mo, sent them an internet address for research information, from which they are waiting for a reply.
Joe MASTRANGELO (#2614) passed out naturalization information that he obtained from the National Archives web page. He has had no progress finding the right passenger ships. He has ordered more Putignano marriage records from the FHC. Joe showed the book The History of Poggioreale that he bought from Robert Lowry, Jr of Houston and noted that Marilyn's name is listed with her parents and cousins as part of the group who had it translated. Marilyn stated that the Nov Austin Genealogical Society newsletter listed The History of Poggioreale in the recent acquisitions of the Texas State Library. Joe just completed reading The Leopard by Giuseppi di Lampedusa and highly recommends it.
Jim and Virginia MACRI Gerick (#2730) presented information about our group securing a place at an Austin ethnic fair at Concordia University on Saturday, January 24 from 10 am - 3pm. Everyone thought this sounded like a marvelous way to introduce our Italian group to the Austin area. Lin will assist Jim and Virginia with the plans.
Angie Clark (#1538) is still waiting for responses to letters. She asked if anyone knew where to obtain naturalization records from Brazoria and Galveston Counties.
Marilyn MANISCALCO Henley (#1653) passed around Vol I & II of Italians to America that she checked out from the UT Library. She then read a note from Wendy Clark, Genealogy Supervisor of the Texas State Library, in which Wendy stated that the library in conjunction with the Austin Genealogical Society has ordered Vol I & II of the Italians to America series and hopes that our club will help add future volumes. Marilyn and Lin will propose some methods to obtain money for the books after the new year.
Marilyn read a message from Michael Matthews of the Family History Radio Show in which he states that the live genealogy talk show might be carried in our area, 550 am KTSA (San Antonio) in early February. Even though the evening signals are difficult to pick up in our area currently, the show can be heard on internet supertalk, and since it's a live show, anyone can call in (Sunday evenings 10 pm - midnight) 1-800-765-1080. After December, Marilyn will try to organize a campaign through the AGS to have the show carried in Austin. She also passed around the quarterly Family Historian, edited by Matthews.
Marilyn read a note from Francesca Maria Sutton, who was unable to join us tonight. Francesca is researching DeBERNARDI of Biella/Zubiena Italy.
Lin announced that Marilyn was elected to the Board of the Austin Genealogical Society for a two year term. We will meet in December for a holiday dinner. The 1998 meeting schedule has not been set.
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