Researching the Forbidden Special Genealogy Program

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The Genealogy Department is presenting a special program in February! Researching the Forbidden!

This event will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014  –  10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the Florentine Room.

Terri O’Connell will present Researching the Forbidden. We all have family secrets. Stories that are whispered to a select few and hidden from the rest. Some secrets go with our ancestors to the grave while others are eventually exposed. Why do we feel the need to hold these family secrets? What can we learn about our past that will help us in the present and the generations to come? What records are available and what can you learn to sort out these family secrets? In this lecture learn what the records can tell you, even if you were not looking for it.

There is a $10 fee for this program.

Click Here to Register for Researching the Forbidden

Click Here to Sponsor Researching the Forbidden

Terri O’Connell is a professional genealogist, lecturer and freelance writer who has been researching her family roots since the 1990’s. Her primary research focuses are Irish and Midwestern United States genealogy. Terri is also the Co-founder and Executive Director of the In-Depth Genealogist; a digital community for all genealogists.

You can find Terri online at www.facebook.com/tracingmyfamily and www.twitter.com/tracingmyfamily or blogging at http://www.findingourancestors.net.

© 2014, Casa Italia, Stone Park, IL


Register Now For Winter Italian Language Classes

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The Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia will be offering their next session of adult Italian language classes beginning in February 2014.  Adult classes are offered at the Italian Cultural Center in Stone Park, Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Chicago and at the Blackbird Gallery in Chicago.  All adult classes meet for two hours, once a week for 16 weeks.

Click Here to View Schedule and Pay Online

Click Here to Download a Schedule/Registration Form

Click Here to Download the Academic Calendar

Adult Registration Fee: All adult classes are $270

Discount Available: $50 discount available if payment and registration form is received by 1-15-14  (No Exceptions)

Deadline to Register: 1-31-14 (No Exceptions)


REFUND POLICY: Full course refund will be given if a course is dropped before the first class. If a course is dropped after the first class, but before the second class, 80% of the course will be refunded. No refunds will be given if the class is dropped after the second class. Books are non-returnable and non-refundable.
BOOKS for all classes are at an additional fee. Visit our website for details on the book and where the book can be purchased.

For more information go to our website or call (708) 345-5933.

E-mail: info@casaitaliachicago.org

© 2014, Casa Italia, Stone Park, IL

2014 Man of the Year Gala Dinner Dance Honoring Dominic Sergi

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Dominic Sergi

Dominic Sergi

Casa Italia will be honoring Dominic Sergi, CEO of Rex Electric & Technologies, LLC, as this year’s honoree at the Annual Gala Dinner Dance. The Dinner Dance will be held Saturday February 15, 2014 at Alta Villa Banquets
 located at 430 N. Addison Rd.  ~ Addison.

TICKET PRICE – $85 ea.
5:30 p.m. cocktails and spectacular appetizer buffet,
7 p.m. presentation, followed by dinner
Entertainment by Phase 4
Open Bar


Congratulatory notes or business ads can be purchased to be placed in our Celebration Book honoring Dominic Sergi.  Please e-mail your camera ready ad or the wording of your ad to gala@casaitaliachicago.org .  Please visit our website for further   details.  Approximate finished size of celebration book is 5 ¼ x 8 ½.
Prestige Border Page in Color $1,000 | Gold Border Page in Color $500 | Silver Border Page in Color $300 | Full Page Color (No Border)  $100 |
Full Page (Black and White) $100 | Half Page (Black and White) $75 

AD Deadline:      February 1, 2014

Click Here To Purchase an Ad

RAFFLE: $100 PER TICKET (Your ticket will be mailed)

– Raffle Prizes:
1st Prize: $ 5,000 Cash, 2nd Prize:  $ 2,500 Cash, 3rd Prize: $ 1,500 Cash, 4th Prize: $ 1,000 Cash
Call 708-345-5933 for tickets


The Michelangelo for $5,000
The Michelangelo includes signage recognition at the event, logo placed on dinner dance page of Casa Italia’s website, two tables of 10 to the event, 3 raffle tickets and a color page in our celebration book.

The Leonardo da Vinci for $2,500

The Leonardo da Vinci includes signage recognition at the event, logo placed on dinner dance page of Casa Italia’s website, one table of 10 to the event, 2 raffle tickets and a prestige page in our celebration book.
The Dante for $1000
The Dante includes signage recognition at the event, logo placed on dinner dance page of Casa Italia’s website,  2 tickets to the event, 1 raffle ticket and a prestige page in our celebration book.
Call (708) 345-5933 or Click Here To Become a Sponsor


© 2014, Casa Italia, Stone Park, IL

North Suburban Genealogy Society Meeting January 11, 2014

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The North Suburban Genealogical Society’s January meeting will feature  Dr. Daniel Hubbard presenting: When Life Becomes A Myth: History, Myth and Family Stories.

This is a talk about the reconstruction of a life. An odd and dramatic family tale showed a life slowly being converted to myth over generations. Using genealogy and history to reconstruct what seems to have happened revealed a life that was not so far from the story line of a myth from the very beginning. In the end, it has come full circle from story to research to storytelling.

The society meets at the Northbrook History Museum (1776 Walters Avenue, Northbrook, IL).   Guests are welcome and are invited to bring a friend and enjoy refreshments.

The meeting will be held Saturday, January 11 and begins at 1:00 PM. It is free and open to the public.  Refreshments are served. The meeting room is handicap accessible.

You can view the society’s 2014 list of programs here.

Website: http://nsgsil.org

e-Mail: NSGS@nsgsil.org

© 2014, Casa Italia, Stone Park, IL

January Genealogy Group Panelist Joann Dobbie

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Joann Dobbie is a published author who has extensive experience writing newspaper feature articles, monthly magazine columns and training programs for sales, sales management and marketing campaigns. Her most recent book, Journey of Discovery, chronicles her Grandmothers life in Austria and America. Ms. Dobbie is an international business communicator whose professional career took her to Northwestern University as Director of Corporate Education, Axa Advisors as Director of Business Development and Aetna Financial Services as Director of Financial Planning. In her free time, Ms. Dobbie enjoys running marathons, volunteer work, reading and spending time with family and friends.

You may contact Joann:

Phone: 312-335-1505

Email: j.dobbie@legacyandlores.com

Website: legacyandlores.com

January Genealogy Group Panelist Diane Dassow

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Diane DassowMeet Diane Dassow, one of our January Genealogy Meeting Self-Publishing Panelists.

Diane Dassow, founder and owner of Binding Legacies, grew up in Chicago and resides in Lombard, Illinois. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mundelein College (now affiliated with Loyola University, Chicago), and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Diane had a successful career in management before turning to her childhood love of writing.

As a freelance writer, a columnist and correspondent for the Daily Herald, and since 2004 as a personal historian, Diane has interviewed hundreds of people for personal histories, newspaper features, and newsletter articles. She has been told she has a talent for conducting comfortable, professional, and meaningful interview sessions and for bringing stories to life on the written page.

She has written thirty books in the category of privately-published personal history. Her memoir piece, “One Small Step,” was published (2009) in the anthology titled My Words Are Gonna Linger: The Art of Personal History.

Diane is an active member of and has held past board memberships in the Association of Personal Historians (APH) and its Chicago Chapter, as well as the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Lombard Area Branch. She has received two Honorable Mentions for her volunteer newsletter editorial work (PTA and Kiwanis International).


Monday Genealogy Consultations Available!

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1 On 1 Genealogy Consultation

The Casa Italia Genealogy Department is again offering one on one genealogy assistance in our library on Mondays. We are not only assisting with Italian research, but any ethnic background. To register for a 45 minute session please email to set an appointment ( Karen Bogdan at karenbaleno@comcast.net) or (Terri O’Connell at terri@findingourancestors.net) with your top two preferred dates and times, name, email, phone number and short description of what you are looking for (beginning help, genealogy problem, etc.)


© 2014, Casa Italia, Stone Park, IL

DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society January Meeting

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Join the DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society for their general meeting on January 15, 2014 to hear Jennifer Holik present Stories of the Lost.
Location: Wheaton Public Library
We will explore the records available to tell the stories of those who lost something due to the war, never returned from war or returned, but didn’t fully return. Each of them have a story that needs to be told.
© 2013, Casa Italia, Stone Park, IL

January Genealogy Group Meeting

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Happy New Year!

Join us January 13, 2014, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. to discuss various ways you can write and share your family history. We will have a panel featuring Jennifer Holik, Diane Dassow, Joann Dobbie, and Terri O’Connell.

We’ll talk about blogging, Face Book, Twitter, Pintrest, journal articles, books, and websites. Stay for espresso and cookies at 3:00 with Casa Italia staff and volunteers.

Our library is open until 4:00 p.m. so feel free to stay and work on your research.

© 2014, Casa Italia, Stone Park, IL

Digging for Ancestors Book Release

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The In-Depth Genealogist




Digging For Ancestors book release announced by The In-Depth Genealogist

DiggingforAncestorsDecember 6, 2013; Utica, OH:

Our very own, Michelle Roos Goodrum has been working with The In-Depth Genealogist to take her many blog posts, articles, and research experience in land records to develop a guide and extensive case study.  The book is chock full of step by step explanations and analysis of many documents and includes great resources.  The chapters in this book are adapted compilations of the early “Timeless Territories” articles published at The In-Depth Genealogist (http://www.theindepthgenealogist.com), related writings from her personal blog, The Turning of Generations (http://turning-of-generations.blogspot.com/), along with new material and useful resources. As you read each chapter, consider how the material, examples and methodology might relate to your own research questions or situations.

Check out the Table of Contents contained in the book:

Quick Start: Top Ten Tips
Getting Started with Land Records Research
Using Deed Indexes and Deeds
Transcribing Documents: Quick Answers to Why and How
Understanding Extracts and Abstracts
What are Dower and Dowry?
Using the BLM in Your Research
Baffled by Legal Property Descriptions?
Let’s Talk: State Land States
A Look at Cash Entry Files
Examining a Homestead File
Using Land Records to Solve Genealogical Problems
Cemetery Deeds: They’re Land Records, Too
Three Reasons to Visit the Old Family Home
Google Earth: See the Past in the Present
Fun with Land and Property Records

Appendix A: Resources for Land Records Research
Appendix B: Township Grid

Digging for Ancestors is a great resource and we hope that you all will gather at your computers in December to put in your own order.  The book is currently offered as a PDF for just $9.99.  Within the next few weeks additional formats will be available including Kindle and Nook. Best of all, we’ll also have a paperback version that will be 8.5” x 11” in full color for $29.99.  Simply go to http://theindepthgenealogist.com/idg-products/ to get your copy!

For more information, please contact Terri O’Connell.

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