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Cavaliere Anthonly Lascio

Cav. Anthony Lascio Chapter - PIP 1
April 2002

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                                         PIP Chapter #1 Chicago Meeting Report


                                                     Cav. Anthony Lascio #1051

The thirty-eighth gathering of PIP’s first chapter occurred on Wednesday, April 24TH @ 7 P.M. at Suparossa Ristorante Italiano with forty (40) in attendance.

After a welcome by Anthony Lascio #1051, expressed appreciation to all those who extended their get well wishes during his February illness which had resulted in the cancellation of the February dinner meeting.

Four (4) first timers introduced themselves; Phyllis and Ken Gray of Naperville and Phyllis and Chris Walters of Glen Ellyn.

The business portion of the meeting ensued consisting of a number of announcements.  Regular member Geneva Shay #3252 who was not in attendance asked the group to remember her in their prayers following cancer surgery. 

Anthony Lascio informed the attendees he recently gave a presentation on Italian genealogy at the Annual Illinois State Genealogy Society conference in Countryside on April 5. 

A survey of those present who were planning to attend the 2002 POINT Conference in Salt Lake City  resulted in four (4) members expected to attend. 

A survey of attendees who would commit to participating on a committee to host the 2004 POINT Conference in the Chicago area resulted in five (5) members responding positively.  Accordingly, due to the extremely small percentage of member interest, it was determined that Chapter #1 Chicago would not either singularly or jointly with other nearby chapters have any interest in committing to hosting a future conference. 

Everyone was reminded of the Chapter #1 web site - and asked to check it out.

The business portion of the evening’s agenda having been completed, the meeting’s theme,  “Success Stories”, was introduced and members were asked to present their story.  Four attendees plus the Chapter Leader responded. 

Using a marker board, Anthony Lascio discussed the rivello and the catasto, his Italian document from 1746 which is his most meaningful accomplishment.  This Basilicata document is the census, financial statement and tax assessment of over two hundred fifty years ago under the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies which were located in Napoli identifying his Lascia (correct surname spelling in Italy) great (x5) grandparents and their children as well as their possessions of value.  This singular document was responsible for his paternal genealogy being extended nearly three hundred years to the early 1700's.

Patti Tolone #2610, presented the passenger arrival documents which finally allowed her to identify a grandparent and other relatives who immigrated from Italy to America.  Patti struggled with this phase of her research until these ancestors were finally located on the Ellis Island web site.

Rose Cortiletti #2911, offered a marvelous presentation regarding a recent visit to her ancestral town of Prizzi, Sicily, where did she not only discovered the town’s mayor was a cousin, but received the town’s history in book form and a video as well.  Finally, after reporting she had never received a response to her correspondence from the local church pastor, the mayor introduced her to the priest who spent hours literally conducting research to trace her entire paternal line.  She plans to return to Italy to complete her maternal lineage, of course, with the same priest.

Alex DeVolpi #4160, gave a remarkable presentation of how he accidently came across a letter found in his mother’s possession after she had died which led him to the Veteran’s Administration archives.  Their records revealed the numerous previous marriages of his father which resulted in the discovery of siblings, cousins and other relatives Alex didn’t even know he had who resided throughout the USA, Canada and Italy.  The DeVolpi family is featured in Trafford Cole’s publication, “Italian Genealogical Records”.  As a result of Cole’s research, DeVolpi can trace his lineage back to the 1400's.  His family has an authentic coat of arms and a book has been written about the DeVolpi clan which is located in an Italian library.  Alex is desperate to obtain a copy.

Finally, Linda Gessner did not express a specific success story, but rather wished the group to know how valuable and helpful Chapter #1 has been to her efforts.  She asked everyone to be encouraged and not to give up when their genealogy makes a wrong turn or their research slams headlong into a brick wall.

The theme portion of the evening’s agenda having been concluded, several attendees had comments or remarks.

Linda Messina Holda #2055 referred to a recently published book by Dr. Bruce Zummo entitled “Little Sicily”, about the Near North Chicago neighborhood which surrounded the St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church during the era of Italian immigration. 

Gerald Farenga #1763 is traveling to his ancestral town in Basilicata in May. 

Dick and Sara Jacobs #3487 will be leaving the Chicago area and relocating to Baton Rouge, Louisiana this summer.

These minutes are not all inclusive. Many other questions and remarks were made during the course of the evening, too numerous to include here. In an effort to “control” the length of this meeting report, they were intentionally excluded.

At 10 P.M. the meeting was adjourned. 

The next gathering of Chapter #1 will be Wednesday, July 17, same time, same place. 

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