CHAPTER #1 CHICAGO
by Cav. Anthony Lascio #1051
On a typical cool
but dry Midwest winter evening forty-four PIPsters attended the 33RD
gathering of Chapter #1 for a delicious family style Italian dinner and a
lively and informative meeting at Suparossa Ristorante Italiano in Woodridge,
Among those in
attendance were six first timers including: Marge Durkin of Chicago, Linda
Gessner of Bolingbrook, Meredith Russell of Niles, Anne D’Agostino of
Plainfield, Frank Scalise of Mt. Prospect and, and Ray Mannarelli of Des
Plaines. All self introduced
themselves followed by a welcoming round of applause by the attendees.
Anthony Lascio #1051 made several announcements regarding:
Following the preceding, the evening’s program was introduced. Tony informed the group of the personal background of our own Chapter’s Lisa Perkins who presented a program entitled, “Putting It On the Net”, a presentation on how to put your own family history and genealogy on the Internet. Lisa discussed: suggested Internet reading materials, free software available, and web sites. She also reviewed the pros and cons of placing your genealogical research for the world to see. Many questions were raised by the audience and each was answered effectively and specifically. Lisa’s presentation lasted about forty-five minutes and was extremely informative and well done. This was the very first time our group’s web site “webmistress” had made a public speaking appearance but one would never know it.
Lisa was the
first Chapter #1 member to conduct a presentation before the group at one of
our meetings, but will not be the last. Chapter
#1 members had previously expressed a desire to improve the previous meeting
format by having members who possess a specific genealogical expertise to
share their knowledge as group presenters in the future.
Tony asked for future volunteers to contact him via email or phone. At
least three people raised their hands. The Chapter Leader stated that he would
desire at least two of Chapter #1's four per year meetings offer a member
The subject of
professional speakers was also addressed now that some funds are available to
pay for their fees. Two specific individuals were suggested. The Chapter Leader
will make some local contacts and report back to the group at a future meeting.
questions as; where can ship pictures be seen on the Internet; can LDS microfilm
or CD’s be purchased; how do you write to the church in an Italian town if the
church name is unknown; what were the burial customs of our ancestors; how far
back into history can one expect to successfully conduct research; where can
language translators be found on the Internet; a first timer expressed being
overwhelmed by thousands of ancestral surnames he discovered while reading
LDS microfilm and he wished to know how such a monumental
undertaking could be overcome; and finally, where can one find Italian
group question for open discussion was offered, “How far back into history
have you researched and what obstacles prevent you from researching further?”
Most of the attendee’s research has progressed to the 1800's or the 1700's.
Two reported penetration into the 1600's and one claims undocumented
success back to 1540. The general
response indicated if informed no more records were available upon attaining a specific
year, they would 1) switch to another branch of their family tree; 2) revert
backwards to fill in unfinished business, i.e., gathering data on previously
researched ancestors to develop sibling groups, and 3) begin writing a family
history. No one stated they would
give up and discontinue their genealogy avocation.
All viewed their efforts as important to pass on to their children,
grandchildren and other family members. They
felt this project was a lifetime commitment.
Well said by one and all.
The meeting was
adjourned at 9:56 P.M.
The next gathering
of Chapter #1 will be Wednesday, April 18, 2001 7 P.M. once again at Suparossa
in Woodridge, IL.
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