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Cavaliere Anthonly Lascio

Cav. Anthony Lascio Chapter - PIP 1
October 2003

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Minutes from PIP Chapter 1 Meeting 
October 15, 2003
By:  Lisa Perkins #4779

On Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at 7:00 pm, 23 members of PIP Chapter #1 met for a good Italian meal and genealogy interchange at Suparossa Ristorante Italiano in Woodridge, Illinois. The evening celebrated our 11th anniversary where we enjoyed canoli cake decorated with the Italian flag after supper. Special thanks to all those attending in spite of the Cubs vs. Marlins battle for the National League pennant occurring at the same time. Laura Saran kindly took the notes for the meeting.

Lisa Perkins (#4779) welcomed the group and first time attendant Lorraine Panozzo #2486, whose husband's ancestry is from Northern Italy from Tresche Conca, province of Verona, region of Veneto

Lisa offered for view the 2003 fall issue of POINTers and commented on the interesting spread of correspondence from our chapter founder, Tony Lascio ( #1051), to Dr. Tom Militello ( #1) regarding the evolution of the first PIP chapter. Lisa mentioned that she looks forward to each issue of the Fra Noi, Chicago's Italian American Voice, to read Tony's genealogy column. Hard copies of POINT applications were offered to those who were interested. (click here for an electronic copy)

Rose Ducato (#1812), a native member of PIP 1 and later co-founder of PIP Chapter 27, Chicago North, suggested sending meeting announcements to the local libraries and genealogy groups as well as publishing general meeting information in the local papers for publishing in their Clubs section.

Up and coming genealogy events in the community were then highlighted including programs run by the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois ( as well as PIP 27 Chicago North ( Linda Messina Holda (#2055) highlighted a November 7 conference by AIDA, American Italian Defense Association, an Italian anti-defamation group.

Linda also inquired whether anyone has heard of the situation of Italian Soldiers captured in North Africa and held in the Atterbury POW camp in Indiana. A discussion ensued. Further information can be found on this topic via the web by typing "Camp Atterbury" in a search engine.

Sad news was shared about the passing of our long-time member Susan Lehrman (#4074). The information was shared on our email list by her daughter, Karen Bucaro (#3774).

Sandra Trapp's (#4052) recent post to our email list was mentioned regarding the Illinois State Archives death record database is now expanding beyond it's 1916-1950 data range. Records from 1871-1916 are now being indexed and are partially available. Complete indexing is available for surnames beginning with C, D, E and I. Partial indexing is now available for surnames beginning with B, F, G, H and J. (Visit

Alex DeVolpi reported on our treasury balance and also highlighted an article by Aline Mendelsohn, "Finally, black sheep get respect in family history," The Orlando Sentinel (reprinted in At Random column, Tempo Section of Chicago Tribune--2 Oct. 2003). (Note, this article was later found on line at Alex also reveled at his latest success when his researcher, Trafford Cole (#1176), visited Bari and was able to make copies of a circa 1700 book on the genealogy of the DeVolpi family. Alex also reported finding a book of poems written by one of his ancestors in 1732 while researching at the University of Chicago Library. Patti Tolone reported the change of phone number of the Illinois Regional Archives to 773-948-9000.

After butchering her name, Lisa introduced our speaker of the evening, Deanna Spingola (#2393), Director of the Family History Center in Naperville, Illinois, who discussed the importance of cite references and organization in genealogy research. The very important items she covered can be viewed at our website at under "member articles" then "Sources, Citation and Organization" or by clicking here. 

Throughout the evening, we were staying informed of the progress of the baseball game. As we closed, the Cubs were down by 2 in the seventh inning and many hurried off at 9:30 pm to catch the rest of the game. Unfortunately, our home team was defeated, thus ending our dreams of a world series championship for yet one more year. Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 18, 2004.


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