The Italian Genealogy Society of
Meeting Minutes – February 2014
The Italian Genealogy Society of New
Jersey met on February 1, 2014 at the
Maria Carparelli opened the meeting by telling members that there
was a possibility that our Society might join the Italian-American Club of Four
Seasons at Great Notch in Woodland Park/Clifton and the Passaic County
Historical Society Genealogy Club in order to make it more practical to hire a
bus in order to visit the Italian American Museum in lower Manhattan and the
Garibaldi-Meucci Museum in Staten Island, NY. Also, those who are interested should sign
up for another research trip to The New Jersey State Archives in
Maryanne Graham presented the treasurer’s
report. The chapter has 30 active
members. The annual dues were collected.
A Nominating Committee was formed, consisting of Loretta Tito, Janine Marchetti, and Michele Marotta for the purpose of nominating officers to be voted by the members on the May meeting.
Those nominated are: President: Maria Carparelli
Vice President: Susan Berman
Treasurer: Judi Bonzkowski
Recording Secretary: Albert Marotta
Corresponding Secretary: Lucille Kent
reminded the Society that its Bylaws should be revised to reflect the new name
of our organization. He also thought
that it might be useful to update our local directory of members and of the
names and places being researched by them.
This meeting format was a business meeting and member exchange of
Loretta and Michele Tito suggested that
the Society have one social a year in addition to the quarterly meetings or
perhaps to replace the August meeting.
Maria spoke about Reunion Software and she showed a printout of her family tree. Her family tree depicted several generations of her father’s branch and she said that the officials from the Comune di Fasano (in the Province of Brindisi) in the Apulia region, were instrumental in this project by providing records, missing links and local history which helped her place everything in context. She learned that a street in that town was named after her family, who were masons, who built a house and named the street after themselves. The coat of arms for the Comune di Fasano depicts a Maltese Cross and an encircled dove topped by a crown with a brick foundation and seven prongs to represent the seven building trades of the town. One of these prongs is dedicated to the Carparelli masons.
Loretta shared with members her
enthusiasm about a course she and her husband, Michele were auditing about
Italian culture and film. They enjoyed
the 1945 Roberto Rossellini film, “
Sal Lagattuta said that he felt fortunate to travel to
Marie Androski told the Society that she enjoyed viewing,
“Inspector Montalbano” (“Il commissario
Montalbano”) which remains a popular crime/mystery
television series in
Sue Berman alerted members that
FamilySearch.org, the LDS database, has many more Italian records available
online, as well as other useful items.
Mention was made about the new
George Clooney film, “The Monuments Men”.
While Allied Forces fought the Nazis for control of
Future meetings will be held on:
August 2, 2014
November 1, 2014
February 7, 2015
May 2, 2015