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CORRECTED ITALIAN SIG MEETING DATE IS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2015

The Italian SIG will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 14, at 1:00 PM at the Savannah Recreation Center.  PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE.

Greg Seymour will be showing photos that he took of his ancestral home of San Demetrio Corone, Province of Cosenza, Region of Calabria, and providing background information along with the research process which led to finding records; how he built his “to do list”; and using such tools as maps, forums and social media.

Barbara Palmer will be reporting on the CIAO (Cleveland Italian American Organization) seminar which took place this past June.

Please type out and bring to the meeting any ancestral recipes along with the ancestor’s name and place where they lived.  These will be entered into our website.  www.vgsitaliansig.org.

For further information call Joanne De Cecchis 352-753-0214; jdcrealty@aol.com; or www.vgsfl.org .

Special Meeting Featuring James Ragusa Nov 18th 1:00 PM

Special Meeting of the Italian SIG:
Guest Speaker: Dr. James Ragusa
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Savannah Center
This multimedia presentation describes the numerous reasons why and how emigrants from Italy and Sicily left their homes to venture to an unknown land. Described are the conditions at the start of their journey that caused them to leave, processing at their ports of departure, the ships and conditions of their travel across a vast ocean, and admission at their ports of arrival. Also identified are the entry challenges they faced and the opportunities they were afforded in America. Time will remain during and after this presentation for questions and answers pertaining to all aspects of Italian/Sicilian genealogical research. Strategies and research resources will also be identified.
Dr. Ragusa is a genealogist, retired Air Force R&D Officer, NASA engineer and manager, tenured college professor in business and engineering, and Army consultant. As a long-term genealogist, he has performed family research in Italy, Sicily, Hungary, the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic, England, Austria, Scotland, and Wales. However, his specialization remains Italian/Sicilian studies, and he has also researched in Salt Lake City, New York, Chicago, as well as in Europe and the British Isles. As a result of this research, he has written several books on his Sicilian family genealogy some going back to 1676.
One aspect of NASA activities was Gemini and Apollo astronaut training related to launch site egress and rescue to save their lives. He was the “stunt man” for Apollo slide wire (zip line) development and blast room operations. NASA recognized his Apollo contributions by having Astronaut Jim Irwin place his name on the Moon.
All members of the VGS and their guests are invited. We ask that you donate $5.00 towards the expense of our speaker.

DR. JAMES RAGUSA NOVEMBER 18TH MEETING

ITALIAN SIG MEETING, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 SAVANNAH CENTER 1:00 PM
Dr. James Ragusa will speak on Italian/Sicilian Immigration to America.

This multimedia presentation describes the numerous reasons why and how emigrants from Italy and Sicily left their homes to venture to an unknown land. Described are the conditions at the start of their journey that caused them to leave, processing at their ports of departure, the ships and conditions of their travel across a vast ocean, and admission at their ports of arrival. Also identified are the entry challenges they faced and the opportunities they were afforded in American. Time will remain during and after this presentation for questions and answers pertaining to all aspects of Italian/Sicilian genealogical research. Strategies and research resources will also be identified.

Dr. Ragusa is a genealogist, retired Air Force R&D Officer, NASA engineer and manager, tenured college professor in business and engineering, and Army consultant. As a long-term genealogist, he has performed family research in Italy, Sicily, Hungary, the Slovak Republic, the Chez Republic, England, Austria, Scotland, and Wales. However, his specialization remains Italian/Sicilian studies, and he has also researched in Salt Lake City, New York, Chicago, as well as in Europe and the British Isles. As a result of this research, he has written several books on his Sicilian family genealogy some going back to 1676.

One aspect of NASA activities was Gemini and Apollo astronaut training related to launch site egress and rescue to save their lives. He was the “stunt man” for Apollo slide wire (zip line) development and blast room operations. NASA recognized his Apollo contributions by having Astronaut Jim Irwin place his name on the Moon.

All members of the VGS and their guests are invited. We ask that you donate $5.00 towards the expense of our speaker.

ITALIAN SIG MEETING NOVEMBER 18TH

The Italian SIG will hold its monthly meeting, Tuesday, November 18 at 1:00 PM at the Savannah Recreation Center.
We are honored to have at this month’s meeting the exciting speaker, Dr. James Ragusa, genealogist, retired Air Force R & D Officer, and NASA engineer and manager. His multimedia power point presentation describes the numerous reason why and how emigrants from Italy and Sicily left their homes to venture to an unknown land. He will speak on ships and conditions of their travel; arrival and challenges in their new country; and strategies and research resources will be identified. There will be time for questions and answers.
Guests are welcomed. We ask that you donate five dollars for the expense of our speaker.
For more information contact, Joanne De Cecchis at 914-325-7869 or go to www.villagesgenealogyor/sig.htm.

Italian SIG Meeting November 18, Savannah, 1:00 PM

The Italian SIG will hold its monthly meeting, Tuesday, November 18 at 1:00 PM at the Savannah Recreation Center.
We are honored to have at this month’s meeting the exciting speaker, Dr. James Ragusa, genealogist, retired Air Force R & D Officer, and NASA engineer and manager. His multimedia power point presentation describes the numerous reason why and how emigrants from Italy and Sicily left their homes to venture to an unknown land. He will speak on ships and conditions of their travel; arrival and challenges in their new country; and strategies and research resources will be identified. There will be time for questions and answers.
Guests are welcomed. We ask that you consider donating five dollars for the expense of our speaker.
For more information contact, Joanne De Cecchis at 914-325-7869 or go to www.villagesgenealogyor/sig.htm.

DR. JAMES RAGUSA, NOVEMBER 18, 2014

Dr. James Ragusa will speak on Italian/Sicilian Immigration to America.

This multimedia presentation describes the numerous reasons why and how emigrants from Italy and Sicily left their homes to venture to an unknown land. Described are the conditions at the start of their journey that caused them to leave, processing at their ports of departure, the ships and conditions of their travel across a vast ocean, and admission at their ports of arrival. Also identified are the entry challenges they faced and the opportunities they were afforded in American. Time will remain during and after this presentation for questions and answers pertaining to all aspects of Italian/Sicilian genealogical research. Strategies and research resources will also be identified.

Dr. Ragusa is a genealogist, retired Air Force R&D Officer, NASA engineer and manager, tenured college professor in business and engineering, and Army consultant. As a long-term genealogist, he has performed family research in Italy, Sicily, Hungary, the Slovak Republic, the Chez Republic, England, Austria, Scotland, and Wales. However, his specialization remains Italian/Sicilian studies, and he has also researched in Salt Lake City, New York, Chicago, as well as in Europe and the British Isles. As a result of this research, he has written several books on his Sicilian family genealogy some going back to 1676.

One aspect of NASA activities was Gemini and Apollo astronaut training related to launch site egress and rescue to save their lives. He was the “stunt man” for Apollo slide wire (zip line) development and blast room operations. NASA recognized his Apollo contributions by having Astronaut Jim Irwin place his name on the Moon.

All members of the VGS and their guests are invited. We ask that you donate $5.00 towards the expense of our speaker.

Minutes of 21 Oct 2014 Meeting

Jim Lannin, webmaster of the new and updated www.vgsitaliansig.org  gave us a presentation of the Italian SIG website and introduced its many subjects.  This should be the first place to go when researching ancestors.  It is chock-full of information and more will be added.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 18 at 1:00 PM at Savannah Center.  James Ragusa, will be speaking.  He was with NASA and is retired from the University of Central Florida.  Amoung other subjects, he will also cover the history of and reasons why our ancestors immigrated to the USA.

Please donate a little something at every meeting so that we can cover expenses for our speakers.

Italian SIG Meeting October 21 Laurel Manor 1:00 PM

GENEALOGY

ITALIAN SIG

 

The Italian SIG will hold its monthly meeting, Tuesday, October 21st at 1:00 PM in the Madison Room of the Laurel Manor Recreation Center.  This location is for this month’s meeting only. Our focus is to offer help and advice to one another through meetings and email with our own researching experiences and sharing those experiences with one another in the discovery of our Italian ancestors.

This month’s meeting features Jim Lannin.  He will demonstrate our Italian SIG website which he himself built and which has a tremendous amount of Italian research information.  We will be using the site for messaging our members and well as reading informative articles.  It may be your first place on the internet researching how to find your Italian ancestors.

We ask that you consider donating one dollar (or more) for the expense of two other speakers that we have booked this season.

 

For more information contact, Joanne De Cecchis at 914-325-7869 or go to www.villagesgenealogyor/sig.htm.

SIG Meeting March 18, 2014

The Italian Genealogy Special Interest Group will meet Tuesday, March 18th at the Savannah Recreation Center at 1:00 PM-2:50 PM.  The Italian SIG meets the third Tuesday of every month, except June, July, August, September and December.

Our goal is to offer help and advice to one another through meetings and emails.  This is done by informally sharing research and techniques as our members discover their own Italian ancestry.  Our focus is to initially assist each other with the variety of documentation available to achieve individual research objectives.

This month’s meeting will have a short review of Sunday’s March 2nd meetings of Ancestry.com and Family Tree Maker, and then focus on members’ success stories.  At 2:15 PM, a 32 minute slide show of Sicily with music will be shown.

For this meeting all members are welcomed to bring guests.  Everyone must sign in.  New members are welcomed.  If you are not a member of the Villages Genealogical Society (VGS) and would like to attend future Italian SIG meetings, a VGS membership form will be available to you.  The fee for joining the VGS is Ten ($10) Dollars. The yearly renewal is Five ($5) Dollars.

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