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Posts Tagged ‘Italian’

OGS Conference 2010 – Follow Up

Over 700 people attended and participated in this years Ontario Genealogy Conference held last weekend in Toronto. I spoke with several people who attended the Conference (due to expected events I was not able to attend after all) – all who enjoyed the event immensely and were excited about the sessions they attended. I met with a good friend of mine, Henri Malizia on Sunday night who flew in for the Conference from the US and we discussed the series over dinner. Henri has been extracting the records for Settefrati, Frosinone, Italy and has joined with Family Search to host those records on the website where they will be available to researchers everywhere for free.
John Philip Colletta was a big hit with the crowd – one person’s summary about the way she felt was “John Coletta was amazing to listen and watch.. such an icon to Italian American Genealogy”. I’m also told he had a wonderful sense of humour and really inspired the group to pursue their Italian ancestry.
I hope to be posting some of the highlights of the weekend soon.

Next year’s OGS will be held in Hamilton, Ontario, during May 13th to May 15th.

Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2010

The Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2010 starts today and advance registration is now closed. Several streams are already booked but you can still register at the door for some sessions as space permits.

Saturday, May 16 Italian stream will be hosted by genealogical speakers, John Philip Colletta. The session is in four parts:
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Session I1: How to Prepare for Successful Research in European Records – Colletta
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Session I2: Italian Records, Part 1: The Foundation for Successful Research- Colletta
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Session I3: Italian Records, Part 2: A Detailed Examination, One by One- Colletta
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
LUNCH BREAK
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Session I4: Tracing the Origins of the Zorzi Family of Toronto: From Lonca to Passariano (Udine, Italy) and Beyond – Olga Zorzi Pugliese

For more information on this, or any of the sessions presented this weekend visit the OGS Conference 2010 website.

Family History Conference in Brampton – Saturday August 21st

From my Family History Newsletter:

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the Toronto Ontario Temple, the Brampton Ontario Stake of the LDS Church is sponsoring One World – One Family, a Family History Conference. The program on Saturday, August 21st, runs from 9am to 4pm and box lunches will be provided. Speakers will include: Paul F. Smart, who will be the keynote speaker and present two workshops on British research; Brian Gilchrist, who will give the plenary address and two workshops on Canadian research; Dr. Gurcharan Gill will be speaking on family history research in Punjab, India; Sheila Hsia will be discussing the intricacies of research in China; Dorothy Kew will be presenting Jamaican and British West Indies genealogy; Nuala Farrell-Griffin on family roots in Ireland; and Carmen Pistritto will be discussing Italian family history. Cost for the day will be $15. For more details or to register on-line see www.oneworldonefamily-theevent.com

Online Research Series Classes

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City Utah now offers free online Research Classes to help you get started in tracing your roots. Some classes are broken down into 2 or 3 lessons about 30 minutes long each. Others, have only one class that is about an hour long. Videos can be paused and resumed at your convenience so if the phone rings or you need to step away for a minute you don’t need to worry about missing something.

There are basic tips on how to research using records for several countries including a 58 minute class on Basic Italian Research. The video file is a bit large for downloading so I would recommend using a fast connection. There are some great handouts that you can print out as well that highlight key points of the class and list some interesting links to visit.

Although quite basic, the video is definitely worth watching.

You can read more about the online classes on the Article posted on Family Search on 12 Mar 2010 and written by Paul Nauta – FamilySearch Public Affairs Manager, – Family History Library Classes Now Available on Internet

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