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Minutes of 21 Oct 2014 Meeting

Jim Lannin, webmaster of the new and updated  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




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.

Expanded Research by Topic

Giacomo Announces VGS Italian SIG Expanded Research by Topic Features

Giacomo, the Web Assistant of The VGS Italian SIG

Hi! It’s me, Giacomo, the VGS Italian SIG Website Assistant.

It has been six months since I have been in Italia, and I miss it. I decided I should get to work and improve our Website. I want to share with you what’s new.

I just finished inputting links to the 137 Italian Record Collections to be found on Family You can see these records if you search by the following topics:

    1. Family Search
    2. Comune Records
    3. Courthouse Records
    4. State Archives

Also you can Search by Region

Additionally, soon we will have the option to search by Province, once I build a page for each province and a master index page.



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 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.



I was created to build the SIG Website and to serve as an interface between the SIG Website and the SIG members. How am I doing?

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SIG Meeting 18 Feb 2014

Good Morning All Italian SIG Genealogists

The agenda for Tuesday, Feb 18th at 1:00 PM at Savannah Center is as follows:

Joanne will have a short slide sshow on her genealogical research in 2 Sicilian villages/cities

John DeAngelo will show us how to print out Family Search Records AND “Don’t Trust Those Little Green Leaves”

We will have a mystery guest speaker

Hope you all can attend. Joanne Italian SIG Coordinator

We’re Up and Running!

The Amazing New VGS Italian SIG Website is Now Online!

Buon Giorno!

Giacomo, the Web Assistant of The VGS Italian SIG

My name is Giacomo. I am the new Web Assistant for the Italian Special Interest Group of The Villages Genealogical Society. I have spent the last three weeks putting together this wonderful new Website for you, the members of the Italian SIG.

There are so many resources available for you on this site. Here are the top 15 features as of today:

  1. A gallery of photos taken all over Italy, from Lombardia and Veneto to Sicilia and Calabria, many taken by me, Giacomo! Only a few have been uploaded, but many more will appear over time.
  2. Many pages on Regional Italian Cuisine. This area has pages for every region, and it too will expand over time.
  3. Pages about Italian Linguistics.
  4. Resources for Italian Surname Search and Research.
  5. Videos about Italy and Italian Genealogical research.
  6. Links to Radio Italy New York Live as well as radio staions from all over Italy which broadcast on the Internet. You can select your music in a new window, minimize that window, and go back to doing your research while you listen!
  7. Lists of Regions, Provinces and comuni, all with links to the Wikipedia page for each.
  8. Maps, including maps of the individual regions with the component Provinces shown, as well as a Linguistic Map of Italy.
  9. The ability to search by Region or by Topic. New Topics are being added all the time. Eventually we will have Search by Province, too.
  10. Of course there is a DNA section with links to various Italian DNA projects.
  11. A content sidebar with links to the VGS Website, a slideshow, a Click image to visit Ancestors Genealogical Portal of the Italian National Archiveslink to the Italian National Archives Genealogy Website, and Links to our new forums, where you can post things you want to talk about or answer someone elses post. Use the Search by Topic feature and search on Forums for examples of how this works.
  12. There is also an RSS Feed Reader Board, featuring five of the top genealogy blogs. Click on a blog name, and you will see their most recent posts crawl up the screen. Click on the post, and suddenly you’re viewing it in the source blog!
  13. E06 0015For those of you who have wide screen monitors, if you view the site full screen, you will note a photo of the Temple of Hercules Victor which I took in Roma a few years ago, residing in the right hand portion of the screen.
  14. This wonderful blog, which will bring you news and items of interest.
  15. A contact form, with which you can send a message to me, Giacomo, with suggestions and ideas about the site.

I really hope you like the site.


Giacomo, the Web Assistant of The VGS Italian SIG