PIP Chapter #1
On the beautiful
Indian Summer Wednesday evening of October 18TH
45 Chicago area Italian genealogists gathered for the thirty-second
time at Suparossa Ristorante Italiano in suburban Woodridge for dinner and a
meeting. The occasion was also
the eighth (8TH) anniversary of the founding of America’s first PIP Chapter.
After the usual
welcome by Cav. Anthony Lascio #1051, three
first timers were asked to self introduce themselves. They were: John Beyer of
Burbank, Gen Naumann of Addision and Lou Gould of Glenview.
apologized for several blank meeting announcement postcards which some of the
PIPsters received. The problem was traced to a printer gremlin.
Mamma Rosa (Rose Ducato #1812) was thanked for providing dozens of her
now famous home made cannolis which has become an annual anniversary treat.
Mamma Rosa received a resounding round of applause.
Anthony began the
business portion of the meeting buy announcing the change of one meeting date
for the year 2001. Instead of
scheduling each Chapter #1's gatherings on the third Wednesday of every third
month, the first meeting will be held in February rather than January from now
on. This means it will be four
months between the October gathering and the February meeting, two months
between the February and April meetings, then the regular schedule of July and
The results of
the July survey was reported. Five
questions were asked at the July 19TH 2000 meeting concerning: the
meeting format, meeting content, seating arrangements, guest presenters and
topics of interest. Lascio stated
the majority desired to keep the format as is; a large variety of
content/topics were indicated with no clear choice; most wish to eat with
their friends but meet according to Italian regions; an extensive list of
presenter topics were given; and a significant number of speaker suggestions
with PIP members as the most popular choice.
All of the
preceding will be taken into consideration as future dinner meetings are
planned by the PIP leader.
Rose Ducato gave
a report on the Second POINT Conference in Austin, Texas discussing the
highlights of what she considered to be a very outstanding and
successful event. Six members of
Chapter #1 attended. Regarding
the next such conference scheduled for Salt Lake City in the year 2002,
Anthony took a quick survey to gauge how many from Chapter #1 would consider
attending the Salt Lake City event. About
half the group, twenty plus, raised their hands.
Are you taking note Chapter #24?
Lisa Perkins, the
PIP Site Webmistress gave a brief report updating “what’s new” on the
site. Again, Lascio decided to
survey the group to determine who does and doesn’t utilize this feature of
Chapter #1 Chicago. Only four
PIPsters who were present do not have a computer and, therefore, access to the
introduced Deanna Spingola #2393 who reported on the new data available at the
LDS Naperville Branch Family History Center.
Deanna also provided a handout listing the updated additions.
inquired whether the LDS Salt Lake City catalog was on fiche as well as on
the group that Ancestry has announced that early in the year 2001, the entire
US Census up to and including 1920 will be available on line.
There will be one fee for access to members and a higher fee for
#1763 provided an interesting report on his recent trip to Potenza Province in
Basilicata, Italy. Though
unprepared and defying all of the recommendations about how to plan a
genealogy excursion to Italy, he was treated royally by everyone he
encountered, including the civil and church archivists, plus a variety of new
found cousins. He made several
posters and booklets available which he brought back from Italy for free
Adele Becia #2912
was excited about receiving a 1913 passenger arrival record from the National
Archives in Washington.
displayed a book depicting the history of her
ancestral town she obtained on her recent trip to Italy.
#1772 referred everyone to a wall of the restaurant where she hung two giant
family trees, one paternal, the other maternal, displaying 510 ancestors
dating back to the middle 1500's. There were a number of questions regarding
the charts including whether the pedigree charts surnames should be written in
Italian, Latin or English. The recommended answer was Italian, although it is
always the personal choice of the genealogist.
#4160 presented several Venetian carnival masks he obtained on his recent trek
through Northern Italy.
#2352, conducted some research on the Internet and had a response from a “possible”
relative which resulted in the receipt of several pictures of ancestors she
had never seen photographed previously.
#3774 visited the Galena, IL area and while there discovered a small genealogy
display at the historical center which featured quite a bit of material on
understanding tombstone markings.
informed the group that every Saturday at 8AM, the local Public Broadcasting
Channel has an ongoing thirty minute program on genealogy.
She also presented a picture from Abruzzi of her ancestral town’s
#3902 asked the group to provide her with information regarding Italian
town web sites. She is accumulating this information to include on her
web site which now has over 2500 resources.
reported that on her most recent trip to Italy, she discovered cousins for
whom she had been searching for over seventy years.
segment of the meeting and the next, Anthony asked the group to rise and face
the flag of the Kingdom of Italy for the playing of the “INNO DI MAMELI”,
the Italian national anthem. This feature is part of every anniversary
(October) dinner meeting and also, October is Italian Heritage Month.
The final business of the evening was gathering the attendees by their Italian region of interest for a thirty minute informal brainstorming session.
the meeting was adjourned at 10PM until the next gathering of Chapter #1 which
is scheduled for Wednesday, February 21, 2001 at Suparossa Ristorante Italiano
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