POINT Chapter 15 Meeting - May 6, 2006

POINTers In Person
Lou Costello Chapter 15

Northern New Jersey


Pursuing Our Italian Names Together

May 6, 2006


President Maria Carparelli called the meeting to order at 10:30am.  She welcomed everyone and announced that this meeting would serve as a member exchange.

In the absence of secretary Al Marrotta, Annita Zalenski read the minutes of the February 2006 meeting.  The minutes were accepted as read.

Maryanne Graham submitted the Treasurer’s Report.  The beginning balance was $155.72.  After income from dues, and disbursements for postage, the closing balance was $297.84.  A donation was sent to the Diabetes Association in memory of former President Annita Zalenski’s husband who had passed away.

President Carparelli read the correspondence.

President Carparelli announced that Bill Ware is scheduled to speak at the August 2006 meeting.  He is an expert in using Family History Centers.

Old Business:

Sal Lagatutta renewed the discussion from the February 2006 meeting of naming our chapter the “Lou Costello” chapter.  A motion was made and seconded.  There was positive discussion.  The motion passed unanimously.  President Carparelli will inform Dr. Tom Militello.

New Business:  There was no new business.


Annita Zalenski brought a book on scrapbooking for our family tree where a family member had contributed a “Saints & Sinners” page to the book.  Scrapbooking is a creative way to showcase your research.  Annita also gave a brief overview of the delineation of POINT, PIE and POINTers.

Maria Carparelli shared the official death notice for her great-grandfather from 1914 from his town in Italy.  Maria also brought old post cards of her ancestral town that were passed down through her family.  She also noted that she had taken photos of the house where her grandfather had lived in New York City when he first came to America.

Carolyn McNamara brought photos of her trip to Italy.  She went to the towns that her grandfathers came from

Charles Scalia inquired about good family tree software.  There was discussion about the different kinds to buy.

A question was asked about paying someone to do research.   It was agreed that Trafford Cole, who is based in Italy, would be the one to contact.

Sal Lagatutta and Margaret Frontera spoke about how helpful funeral cards can be when trying to locate relatives and when looking for exact dates of birth and death.

There was discussion about researching church records in Italy.  A few web sites were mentioned.

Maryanne Graham explained how she sent away for her grandfather’s military records and received the complete file in only three weeks.  These records are available from the provincial office.

A few of our members went on the trip on April 1, 2006 to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.  They then went to lunch in Little Italy.  A good time was had by all who attended.  It was agreed that the exhibits at the museum were very interesting.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:30am.

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