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DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society May Meeting

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Join the DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society for their general meeting on May 21, 2014 to hear Jennifer Holik present La Famiglia.
Location: Wheaton Public Library
Join us for an overview of how to begin researching your Italian ancestors in the U.S. before jumping across the pond. Learn about naming patterns, tips of locating the village or origin and surnames.
© 2013, 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

NIGS Offers New Course: Business Skills: Creating a Genealogy Business

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The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has a new course entitled Business Skills: Creating a Genealogy Business. Written by genealogist and author Jennifer Holik , this course is for anyone who is thinking of taking their genealogy research to the next level.

Creating a genealogical business requires many steps. First, there is self-analysis to determine who you are, what you want, how to achieve balance in work and personal life, and what kind of business you wish to start. Next comes the business planning, market analysis, marketing planning and overall business structure to establish. Finally, considerations of things you need for the business from supplies, income, marketing opportunities, and a productivity tool chest will help round out your plans and get you off on the right footing. In Creating a Business, you will learn the skills you need to accomplish all these things and spend a lot of time thinking about the ins and outs of business.

To learn more about his course and to register, see The National Institute for Genealogical Studies website < http://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/courses.asp?courseID=509>.

About The National Institute for Genealogical Studies
The National Institute, leaders in online genealogy education, has been offering genealogy and history courses for over 15 years. Helping genealogists and family historians build a foundation for research excellence, The National Institute offers over 200 courses in genealogical studies to help enhance the researcher’s skills.

For those looking to acquire more formal educational training, The National Institute offers eleven Certificate Programs in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and the United States, as well as a General Methodology, Librarianship, and now Professional Development.

For more information please visit our site at http://www.genealogicalstudies.com/ or call us toll-free in North America at 1-800-580-0165 or email us at admin@genealogicalstudies.com.

Contact:

Louise St Denis

1-800-580-0165

admin@genealogicalstudies.com

Military Monday – Stories of the Lost Presentation

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Joseph J. Holik, U.S. Naval Armed Guard, WWII
Photo courtesy: Jennifer Holik

Veterans’ Day is Monday, November 11 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Join us to hear Casa Italia Genealogy Manager Jennifer Holik talk about Stories of the Lost, which is a continuation of Finishing the Story.

Hear the story of James Privoznik who died during the Battle of the Bulge. Learn about the men who took care of him after death. And glimpse into the lives of those who served and those who remained waiting at home.

Handouts with resources to help trace your family’s genealogy, locate military records, and write the family stories will be provided. After the lecture join us for light refreshments and mix, mingle, and explore the Italian American Veterans Museum.

Please note: We are seeking copies of stories, records, photos, and other items documenting Italian American soldiers and their families in all wars. Please consider bringing copies of these items to the meeting to be added to the Casa Italia Genealogy Collection in conjunction with the records for the Veterans Museum. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer at Jennifer@casaitaliachicago.org.

Fee: $10 per person

Pizza & light refreshments will be served

Location: Italian American Veterans Museum at Casa Italia from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.

Help support this event!!  

Gold Sponsorship – $100

Name will be listed on Casa Italia’s website to promote the event.  Four tickets to the presentation. 

Silver Sponsorship – $50

Name will be listed on Casa Italia’s website to promote the event.  Two tickets to the presentation.

© 2013, Casa Italia Stone Park, IL

Stories of the Lost Presentation

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Joseph J. Holik, U.S. Naval Armed Guard, WWII
Photo courtesy: Jennifer Holik

Veterans’ Day is Monday, November 11. Join us to hear Casa Italia Genealogy Manager Jennifer Holik talk about Stories of the Lost, which is a continuation of Finishing the Story. Learn how you can tell the stories of your soldiers who were ‘Lost,’ or those they left behind who ‘Lost’ something. We will talk about the soldier who died in service; the soldier who came home changed in some way; a family who lost a father, son, brother, sister, mother, wife; and those who lost the promise of a life without war. Handouts with resources to help trace your family’s genealogy, locate military records, and write the family stories will be provided. After the lecture join us for light refreshments and mix, mingle, and explore the Italian American Veterans Museum.

Please note: We are seeking copies of stories, records, photos, and other items documenting Italian American soldiers and their families in all wars. Please consider bringing copies of these items to the meeting to be added to the Casa Italia Genealogy Collection in conjunction with the records for the Veterans Museum. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer at Jennifer@casaitaliachicago.org.

Fee: $10 per person

Pizza & light refreshments will be served

Location: Italian American Veterans Museum at Casa Italia

Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.

Help support this event!!  

Gold Sponsorship – $100

Name will be listed on Casa Italia’s website to promote the event.  Four tickets to the presentation. 

Silver Sponsorship – $50

Name will be listed on Casa Italia’s website to promote the event.  Two tickets to the presentation.

© 2013, Casa Italia Stone Park, IL

Can’t Attend Casa Italia’s Writing Practice Group? We Can Help!

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If you are unable to attend Casa Italia’s Noon writing prompt practice group starting in two weeks, there is still a way to participate! I set up a FaceBook group where I will post the writing prompts and any news from that month’s writing session, after the session is over. So even if you cannot attend on your lunch hour, you can still participate at home!

If you are on FaceBook and would like to be added to this closed group, you can go here and ask to be added.

Watch the blog and FaceBook for more writing news! A Military Writing Workshop will be held in November (date and registration info to be announced soon!) and plans are being made for other special writing programming throughout the year! Who knows, you may even be able to participate through an online chat!

Stay tuned!

© 2013 Casa Italia, Stone Park, IL

Save the Date! Stories of the Lost Presentation

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Michael Kokoska, 32nd Infantry Division WWI. Photo copyright Jennifer Holik.

Michael Kokoska, 32nd Infantry Division WWI. Photo copyright Jennifer Holik.

Veterans’ Day is Monday, November 11. Join us to hear Casa Italia Genealogy Manager Jennifer Holik talk about Stories of the Lost, which is a continuation of Finishing the Story. Learn how you can tell the stories of your soldiers who were ‘Lost,’ or those they left behind who ‘Lost’ something. We will talk about the soldier who died in service; the soldier who came home changed in some way; a family who lost a father, son, brother, sister, mother, wife; and those who lost the promise of a life without war. Handouts with resources to help trace your family’s genealogy, locate military records, and write the family stories will be provided. After the lecture join us for light refreshments and mix, mingle, and explore the Italian American Veterans Museum.

Please note: We are seeking copies of stories, records, photos, and other items documenting Italian American soldiers and their families in all wars. Please consider bringing copies of these items to the meeting to be added to the Casa Italia Genealogy Collection in conjunction with the records for the Veterans Museum. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer at Jennifer@casaitaliachicago.org.

Fee: $10 per person

Pizza & light refreshments will be served

Location: Italian American Veterans Museum at Casa Italia

Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.

Help support this event!!  

Gold Sponsorship – $100

Name will be listed on Casa Italia’s website to promote the event.  Four tickets to the presentation. 

Silver Sponsorship – $50

Name will be listed on Casa Italia’s website to promote the event.  Two tickets to the presentation.

© 2013, Casa Italia Stone Park, IL

New Ricigliano, Italy Collection!

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Casa Italia is collecting materials related to the Riciglianese in Italy and Chicago. We are seeking the following items and any items not listed here that are related to the Rigis in Chicago. Please email or mail copies of documents, recipes, stories, and photographs. Originals will be accepted but not returned. Please contact Jennifer 630-802-0947 or Jennifer@casaitaliachicago.org if you have artifacts you wish to donate (military medals, art, clothing, etc.)

You can download a donation form here.

We are happy to accept any of the following:

Birth, marriage and death records

Passports

Naturalization Records

Census Records

Ship Manifests

Probate Records

Church Records

Military Records

Deeds and Land Records

Occupational Records

Interviews (oral or written)

Draft Registration Cards

Recipes

Family Stories

Photographs

© 2013, Casa Italia Stone Park, IL

Tinley Moraine Genealogy Society Meeting June 6 – Finishing the Story

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If you missed hearing Casa Italia’s genealogist, Jennifer Holik present Finishing the Story earlier in May, you have one more opportunity to hear her talk about military records and tell stories this summer!

Thursday, June 6, the Tinley Moraine Genealogists will hold their monthly meeting. The meeting begins at 6:45 and Jennifer will speak at 7:00.

Please visit their website for more details.

© 2013 Casa Italia, Stone Park, IL

Casa Italia Starts New Collection!

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Written by Jennifer Holik, Genealogy Department Manager

As you may know if you have followed the blog for a while, I started a Genealogy Department in January. Since that time I have been busy with our volunteers organizing the library and AV materials. That has been completed. The next step is organizing the flat files which contains such amazing things. I plan to have this project complete by the end of summer if not sooner. In September I will launch a monthly genealogy group and two writer’s groups. You can read a little about the writer’s groups on the Casa Italia blog.

Next month I will be presenting Finishing the Story which will be held in our Veteran’s Museum. Please see our blog post to register for this event.

And finally, the newest project is a Ricigliano Collection. I am putting together a guide of what I would like to include in this new collection. I know I will be looking for donations of the following items. We are collecting copies of items unless you wish to officially turn over originals to Casa Italia.

  • Photographs
  • Vital Records
  • Naturalization Papers
  • Military Records
  • Family Histories
  • Any other documents you have
  • Oral Histories – I will be conducting oral history interviews at Casa Italia starting this summer and fall.

The goal right now is to begin collecting materials in May and by this time next year put together a reception or exhibit on the Rigis and our new collection. More information will be posted on our blog and through Casa Italia’s newsletters in the next few weeks.

Would you like to donate? You can contact me by email.

What Rigi names have I been working on through my client work? There are many but the main surnames are Altier(i) (Galtier), Bagnuolo, Caponigri, D’Ambrosio, DeLeonardis, Iacullo (Yacullo), Indelli, Malpede, Meccia, Pacelli, Palumbo, Parrilli, Pascente, Pintozzi, Rocco, Sabia, Salvatore, Saracco, Serritella, Stolfa, Tortoriello/Turtoriello/Turturiello, Vernieri.

Please note – If you need help getting started in tracing your roots, you can schedule a time to come in and get some free assistance from myself or one of the volunteers. Should you need more in-depth research conducted, I am available or can refer you to other researchers for hire. Several Rigis have worked with me over the last two years on their histories and we have amassed a great deal of information. The public records amassed will become a part of the collection. Private papers and other materials will not at this time unless the clients and those who contributed information choose to donate those items.

© 2013 Casa Italia, Stone Park IL

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