POINTers IN PERSON Minutes
Chapter # 10 Central Texas/Austin
Marilyn MANISCALCO Henley (# 1653)
Lin ONOFRIO Brinkman (# 1388) opened the monthly POINTers In Person meeting at 6:30 pm on Wed, October 23, 2002 at the Round Rock Library with six members attending.
Highlights of the recent P.O.I.N.T. Conference, held in Salt Lake City, was discussed by attending members Pat Oxley (#3713), Joe and Marie MASTRANGELO (#2614), and Lynn LECROPANE (#4728).
All agreed that Salt Lake City was a great place to host the conference, especially for someone just beginning their research like Lynn. She picked up 80 new names to add to her database. The Salt Lake City Chapter # 24 Committee did a wonderful job of hosting the approximately 150 attendees, including arranging lectures from professionals Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and Trafford Cole and many others. Guided research was a big hit with getting instant translation and explanations for some of the more difficult areas of the Italian records. Everyone especially loved meeting and working with Ruth Merriman, who has helped most of us via email. Marie Mastrangelo enjoyed Guided Research for her Norwegian family.
It was fun to visit once again with so many P.O.I.N.T. members who attended the 2000 conference in Austin and 1998 in Las Vegas. In fact, the area around the 16 mm high power lens microfilm readers looked like “Little Italy” both before and after the conference. The casual welcoming dinner at Tony Caputo's Italian Deli on Thursday night was a big hit with attendees.
Pictures were passed around as the group talked about enjoying the City Tour and hearing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Sunday. Joe thanked Pat for being the group’s official tour director; she set up our chapter’s group dinner at the Market Street Grill, arranged for all of us to have dinner and watch a moving show at the Joseph P. Smith Building and scheduled the city tour. Pat enjoyed the trip so much that she and Lynn are organizing a research trip to Salt Lake City for next fall for the Austin Genealogical Society.
Pat, Lynn, Joe and Marie announced that the 2004 P.O.I.N.T. Conference will be held in Kansas City, MO chaired by Danny ZANGARA (#1612) and PIP Chapter # 14.
Other Chapter #10 members attending the conference but unable to attend this meeting are Marilyn Maniscalco Henley (# 1653), Don and Shirley Villoni (# 3985), Louis and Kay Scopel (# 4250) and Gloria GAMBACCINI Silva
Lin announced the next meeting for Wednesday, November 20, 2002, at 6:30 p.m. at the Round Rock Library.
Our new web address is http://www.main.org/pip10 Photos from the 2002 P.O.I.N.T. Conference will be posted soon and photos of our August 25 pot luck luncheon meeting with speaker Jonathan Galli can be viewed now.