POINTers IN PERSON Minutes
Chapter # 10 Central Texas/Austin
Submitted by: Lin ONOFRIO Brinkman (1388)
POINT #10 met on 24 October 2012 in the home of Bill and Lin ONOFRIO Brinkman (#1388) with 9 present.
Jeanie MARSALIA (#4251) and 5 other members attended a genealogy workshop in College Station, TX on 11 October. Jeanie reported that it was presented by Bennett Greenspan, the founder and CEO of Family Tree DNA, the largest DNA database in the world, and a former official sponsor of NBC's, " Who Do You Think You Are ? " television program. The DNA lectures showed how to use DNA information to connect with our ancestors and living relatives.
Betty TOMASELLI Glaser ( #5297 ) received information from Allesandro Abovino who was hired by Tracy Tomaselli, a cousin who is also researching the Tomaselli family tree. Allesandro was able to find and forward copies of birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, and in some cases, even military documents of Betty's family members by actually going to the communes where the records were kept. Betty added new names to the paternal TOMASELLI family tree : MATROGIOVANNI, RICCIO, and BIONDI and ONOFRIO, who appear on her maternal Onofrio/RUBANO side as well ! On Ancestry.Com and Ellis OIsland site, Betty found her Grandfather Luciano's brother, Guiseppe Tomaselli married Vincenza GENNAMONE, the daughter of Lorenzo Gennamone and Brigida De ANGELIS, on Vincenza's 15th birthday, 1 November, 1909. Vincenza had emigrated with her mother in 1905 to live with Lorenzo in New Haven, CT.
Scott Patrick (#4819) corrected the name of his 5th-great grandmother that he had announced last meeting as Renna D'Allegra to actually be Allegra RENNA. Looking through additional records from the town of Pietra Pertosa, Scott noticed the name "Renna" showing up as a surname and realized his mistake.
Guest Suzette Conway is researching her grandparents, Regina SESSO and Luigi FELTRIN. She believes they are both from the Vicenza area originally, but only knows that they lived there from when her mother and her mother's sister were born until the grandparents died in the 1950s. Many suggestions were given by the members on how she can proceed.
Next Meeting: 28 Nov 2012