Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Legacy Webinar - Researching your Italian Ancestors

courtesy of webinfonews.com
This week the Legacy Family Tree webinar is Researching your Italian Ancestors by Ruth Merriman.
"Your Italian ancestors are just waiting to be discovered! The availability of Italian records has increased exponentially in the past few years, making research much easier than it has been. In this overview, we will discuss how to find the records you need (on film, on site and on line)…"
Registration is free of charge and once the webinar is aired the recording is usually made available free of charge for a period of approximately one week.

To register click HERE. The webinar will be live at 6pm GMT +1hr on Wednesday 27th August 2014

Thursday, 24 April 2014

The Land where Lemons Grow by Helene Attlee

I firmly believe that the way we can understand our genealogy is to read and become aware of the historical, and perhaps other aspects in the way of life relating to the historical community that we hail from.

The Land Where Lemons Grow: The Story of…By way of demonstration, I shall share with you a newly published book that explains what I mean. BBC Radio 4 here in the UK routinely has a "Book of the Week". This week the book is "The Land where Lemons Grow" by Helene Attlee.

Over the course of five days, the book has been abridged and shared with listeners across the radio airwaves. You can see the details, and perhaps listen to the segments of the book HERE. If you are outside of the United Kingdom I can not confirm if you can still hear the abridged version.

What I will say is that I have really enjoyed listening to the abridged version, so much that I have purchased a copy.

The book displays a degree of food, cookery and history of Italy and Sicily. Sicily is of course where my own genealogical interests lie.

You can read some further details and a review at The Times Literary Supplement.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Sicilian Study featured in Destinations

Society for One-Place Studies
Earlier this year I was approached about joining a small team of dedicated one-place historians to form a One-Place Society.

I had long felt the need for such a society and therefore accepting the invitation was the only sensible option.

The Society formally launched on 1st September and is world wide in terms of the committee, the membership and the studies that are registered. You do not need to register a study in order to become a member and you do not need to have an established study.

The Society publishes a quarterly newsletter called Destinations and the 2nd edition, published on Monday features my Sutera One-Place Study in the Port of Call section.

The newsletter is only available to members of the Society, but you can read about the Society and join by clicking the link Society for One-Place Studies

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Press Release - Chicago Quarterly Review

Cover of the Spring/Summer
Edition 2013
Chicago Quarterly Review is accepting submissions for a special edition that will be devoted to Italian literature.

We are looking for poems, excerpts from novels and short stories in translation that:

1) have been written in Italian by Italian authors from the 1960's on;
2) have never been published in English before.

* Short Stories and Fiction - up to 7000 words
* Non-Fiction and Personal essays- up to 6000 words
* Poetry - 3-5 poems
* Photos, Prints and other Visual Artwork - Black and white, JPEG or PDG format preferred

COVER LETTERS AND BIOS: Please include all necessary contact information. If a submission is accepted, we will contact the writer by email.

FORMATTING: Double spaced, standard font, no unusual formats for prose pieces.
DEADLINE: January 2014
RESPONSE TIME: 3-4 weeks.

Submissions can be sent by email to cqr@icogitate.com as a Word attachment. 

Deanna Shemek
Professor of Literature
Fellow, Cowell College

Mail: Cowell College ASC
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz CA 95064
Tel. 831/459-2609 (messages)
Fax 831/459-4880

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Map Showing Italian Regions


Italy map with regions numbered.svg.png
  1. Abruzzo
  2. Aosta Valley *
  3. Apulia (Puglia)
  4. Basilicata
  5. Calabria
  6. Campania
  7. Emilia-Romagna
  8. Friuli-Venezia Giulia *
  9. Lazio
  10. Liguria
  11. Lombardy (Lombardia)
  12. Marche
  13. Molise
  14. Piedmont (Piemonte)
  15. Sardinia (Sardegna)
  16. Sicily (Sicilia) *
  17. Trentino-Alto Adige *
  18. Tuscany (Toscana)
  19. Umbria
  20. Veneto
Map and region details is shared here, courtesy of the Family Search Italy pages

Italy is divided into 20 regions. Those marked with * indicate they have a degree of autonomy and can enable legislation at a local level. The Country is broken down further into 109 provinces and 8,101 municipalities.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Abkebab's Map of Europe 1000 AD to the present with timeline

Last week someone shared this video with me and I have watched it several time. Whilst not specifically linked to Italian research it does give some guidance and thought process as to the history of Europe and the Middle East from the 11th Century until the present day. The map's animation displays the various wars and border changes within this period.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Sicilian Heritage - The Reverse Immigrant by Alfred M. Zappala

I have been following the adventures and activities of Alfred via his All Things Sicilian website for about a year or so. I then saw an email by which he mentioned his second book and I was instantly intrigued. I had missed all references to an earlier book. I headed straight over to the web page to read all about them and to purchase a copy of the first book. I also wrote to Alfred to advise that I was planning, once purchased and read, to review his first book, before purchasing the second.

The Reverse Immigrant : Return to my Sicilian Roots was published by Alfred in 2010. It arrived with me across the pond about a fortnight ago and I was impressed, both with writing style and publication quality. Having ordered from the website my copy arrived signed by the author.

The book was clearly written in instalments that have been pieced together; that is not a negative; the book reads like a series of conversations and is like spending time with an old friend.

There is a general mix of Alfred's family, his parents and grandparents and memories of those who have shaped his life, his friends and business, together with his hopes and plans for the future. There is some history and general information of Sicily. There is also factual information and there are the chapters written with humour that made me smile and laugh. There is above all, a deep sense of love for his family, friends and his Sicilian heritage.

Alfred's family history is by no means isolated. It is representative of what thousands of immigrants did. They left their native country with little more that the clothes on their backs and small change, to build a better life in another country. Thousands of Italians and Sicilians walked, yes walked, across their native Country to the coast where they boarded a boat to start their new life. Some walked further, and walked across France to the French coast and boarded boats to England. Some ran out of money and made their lives in England, some worked to earn the money to carry on to America and some went directly to America. Whatever their journey those men, women and children did that to build a better life for themselves and future generations. Having arrived into another country they not always treated well and lived a hard life, all the while thinking of the life and people they left behind, the traditions and values. It is those traditions and memories that have carried on and been passed down to descendants such as Alfred and it those details which appear in this book which is a reflection of the sacrifices made. It is those who are honoured.

I am in complete awe of Alfred's plans; which you may have guessed from the title, is to return to his heritage home in Sicily from the United States. That is not an easy decision to make,even for part of a year, to leave your love ones in order to follow your dreams. I admire Alfred's courage and the love he has for his family and heritage, as he completes a full circle.

The book details if you would like to purchase a copy are: The Reverse Immigrant : Return to my Sicilian Roots by Alfred Zappala Published 2010 ISBN - 1881901750 Available from AllThingsSicilian or Alfred Zappala