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Spett.le Direzione Generale per gli Archivi,
Come molti appassionati di genealogia, apprezziamo enormemente gli sforzi sviluppati dalla Direzione Generale per gli Archivi per rendere pubblici gratuitamente i documenti di Stato civile. Siamo dunque stati entusiasti all’annuncio del lancio del “Portale degli Antenati” e dell’accordo firmato tra la Direzione Generale per gli Archivi e Family Search International per la digitalizzazione, l’indicizzazione e la pubblicazione dei registri italiani.
A new season of Who Do You Think You Are kicks off on February 4, 2011 on NBC starring Vanessa Williams who follows her African-American roots to the Civil War. If you watched Season One and enjoyed it then Season Two promises to be much of the same plus more.
Thomas MacEntee from GeneaBloggers media conference call with Lisa Kudrow, one of the producers of the show. You might remember her from Season One from one of the episodes she also starred in. You can read more about the interview on Thomas’ blog: WDYTYA Season 2 Conference Call with Lisa Kudrow.
Ever thought of testing your DNA? If you’re from the Reggio Calabria area of Italy, and more so from Martone, Gioiosa Ionica, or Grotteria then you may want to read about the Calabria DNA Project.
Here’s a bit about the Project Goals which have been taken directly from the website:
Calabria DNA Project
The Calabria DNA project has two main goals:
One is to investigate the ethnic and genetic diversity of Calabria as shown through the DNA of the descendants of those born in Calabria. In most cases project members are the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Calabrians. But, through the genetic story told in their yDNA and mtDNA, we can discover the heritage of Calabrians over the centuries. We hope that some of what we learn through the results of this project can contribute to the knowledge of human migrations being studied by population geneticists.
The second goal, especially as we recruit more members, is to actually establish connections – a common ancestor – between some members. Genetic genealogy is a new tool in genealogy research that can supplement and help make breakthroughs in traditional records-based research. Once that common ancestor has been discovered, then much more productive research in the records can help fill out family trees.
This is a project endorsed by some of the top geneticists today, including L. Luca Cavalli Sforza of Stanford University and Dr. Michael Hammer of the University of Arizona.
For more information or to join the project, please contact the group administrator, Louis Loccisano at Louis@calabriadna.com
The Ontario Genealogical Conference 2010 will be held on Friday, May 14 through Sunday, May 16, 2010, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This years theme is: “Essentials, Innovations & Delights” and will feature case studies, workshops and guest speakers such as genealogist Dr. John Philip Colletta, author of They Came in Ships and Finding Italian Roots – two must haves for anyone researching their Italian Roots,
Ruth Blair, who is also a professional genealogist based in Oakville, Ontario and author of Planning a Genealogical Trip to Ireland: the Research Trail in Dublin and Linda L. Reid, a retired librarian and volunteer in the Toronto Family History Centre of the LDS Church.
Of special interest to me is the Italian Ancestry Stream they have planned for Saturday, May 15 in which Dr. Colletta will conduct an exclusive two part lecture followed by highlight research techniques and sources in Italy, and how they are used to trace a family’s origins.
The Conference location for this years event will be held at
Doubletree by Hilton—Toronto Airport
655 Dixon Road
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M9W 1J3
I look forward to attending and hope to see you there!