P.O. Box 636
Totowa, New Jersey
November 4, 2000
Albert Marotta (#1018)
The Northern New Jersey chapter of POINTers in Person met for the first time at our new location, the Elmwood Park Municipal Building, on November 4, 2000. Fifteen people attended.
Annita Zalenski (#39) welcomed us with numerous handouts and enthusiastically told us about the POINT 2000 National Conference she attended in Austin Texas. She was impressed by the speakers' depth of knowledge and by the overall organization of the event. Also, she passed around a copy of the very informative POINT 2000 Program booklet. Annita encouraged members to make plans to participate in the POINT 2002 National Conference to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Since Lillian Pappas (#2717) was incapacitated and could not attend, Annita presented the treasurer's report. The chapter is considering moving the date for the collection of dues from November to February. The Nominating Committee named the following officers, who were approved by the members:
President Annita Zalenski (#39) Vice President Maria Carparelli (#3100) Recording Secretary Al Marotta (#1018) Treasurer Lillian Pappas (#2717 Corresponding Secretary Anthony Desiderioscioli
Handouts were available about the effect of the plague on Italy and about a DNA study which is being done in the Cilento region of Italy. This area was chosen because the population has been largely undisturbed by immigration. Mention was made about an online substitute for the 1890 census. Since much of the 1890 census was destroyed, fragments of it, together with veteran schedules, state censuses, voter registration, etc. were pieced together to create this substitute document. See http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/census/1890sub/main.htm.
Members learned that, according to Keith F. Rose (The Collection Development
Specialist for the U.S. and Italy at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, visitors to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City should always order microfilms of Italian records in advance. This is necessary because Italian microfilms are not stored at the main library. Mr. Rose is scheduled to be a speaker at the Italian Genealogical Group on March 17, 2001 at Hofstra University, Long Island. Phil Oddo (#774) asked why Italian law permits Italian civil authorities to refuse permission for researchers to photocopy or view actual civil records and will provide only extracts.
The members then broke into groups in order to learn from one another's research.
The chapter hopes to have an historian of the Lower East Side, New York City give a presentation in the future. Future meetings will be held on February 3, 2001, May 4, 2001, and August 4, 2001.
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