ANGELO F. CONIGLIO

  Writing    lectures    Home    Guest book    family    Contact

writing

fiction

the lady of the wheel
(La Ruotaia)
foundlings and miners,
despair and hope

 
non-fiction

forever young
50 plus senior news
iac newsletter
the italian tribune
Siamo Qui
L'Italo Americano
monthly genealogy columns
in print media

fonderia usa
iac newsletter
times of sicily
on-line genealogy columns

per niente magazine
sicilian stories

Foundlings
an on-line essay
with translation of
original records

 
Serradifalco ~ Approach from the north

Serradifalco: The door to my father's birthplace ~ Via Migliore numero dieci

Serradifalco: La Serra del Falcone: 'Mountain of the Hawk'


Mussomeli: Castello Manfredonico

by Angelo f. coniglio:

T h e   L a d y   o f   t h e   W h e e l
( L a   R u o t a i a )

A story of loss, perseverance, and family strength in Sicily in the late 1800s.

 

* Forever  Young (Buffalo)
* 50 Plus Senior News
(Lancaster, PA)

* Italian American Community Newsletter (Rochester)
* The Italian Tribune
(East Coast)

* Siamo Qui (Albany)
* L'Italo Americano
(West Coast)
Monthly columns in print, describing techniques for researching census, immigration, birth, marriage and death records of the ancestors of our immigrant forebears.


 

t h e   C o n i g l i o  F a m i l y  w e b s i t e
A website devoted to the descendants and ancestors of Gaetano and Rosa Alessi Coniglio of Serradifalco, Caltanissetta, Sicilia.


 

t h e   A m e r i c a n   F o o t b a l l   L e a g u e   w e b s i t e

American Football League teams, players, fans, memorabilia, books, and Hall of Fame.


 

A n   o n - l i n e   e s s a y   a b o u t    a b a n d o n e d  
S i c i l i a n   a n d   I t a l i a n   c h i l d r e n   i n   t h e   1 8 0 0 ' s

With images of original records in Italian, transcribed and translated into English.


 

S i c i l i a n   s t o r i e s


 

sicilian Links


south of rome
west of ellis island
sicilian-american blog


arba sicula
sicilian-english prose and poetry


best of sicily
the land and people of sicily



times of sicily
by sicilians for sicilians


fonderia usa
to develop a better understanding
of the italian-american experience

 

Lecture by Angelo F. Coniglio

 

       Iím a first-generation Sicilian-American, youngest of nine children born to my parents, who were both from Serradifalco (Serradifarcu), Provincia Caltanissetta, Sicilia.  After retiring from practicing and  teaching civil engineering, I began researching my ancestry.  My interest led me to volunteer as a librarian at a local Mormon FamilySearch Center, where I am responsible for managing over five hundred Mormon microfilms of Italian/Sicilian records, on permanent loan to the center.  Since undertaking that assignment, I have also become experienced in finding and interpreting records in the United States that bring light to the dates and towns of origin of Italian and Sicilian immigrants from the 'Great Migration' of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Such records include passports, U. S. and State censuses, passenger manifests and naturalization records.

       In turn, those American records lead to the discovery, translation and analysis of original Italian-language civil records of birth, marriage and deaths, as well as ecclesiastic records in Latin, of baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths.  These records can help to build a 'pedigree' or family tree stretching back seven generations or more.

        My lectures present techniques for
conducting genealogic research, using actual images of various U. S. and Italian/Sicilian records as examples, explaining conventional and on-line methods for obtaining the records.  The lectures include a PowerPoint slide show with images of records in original Italian, followed by transcriptions with clearer text than the original Italian handwriting, as well as full translations into English.  Handouts for the lectures replicate the slides so that attendees may study the images at their convenience after the lectures.  Questions are taken from the audience, and a contact phone number and e-mail are given for those who may have future questions.

            The lectures are generally of two-hour duration, with a break after the first hour.   An outline for a typical two-part lecture follows.  While the emphasis is on Italian/Sicilian research, the techniques discussed are equally applicable to research for immigrant ancestors of other European origins.

Lecture: Finding Your Italian Ancestors

 

PART I: Finding your ancestral town

  • Four keys

  • Local sources

  • Pronunciation

  • Errors in records

  • Names and naming conventions

  • Censuses

  • Passenger manifests

PART II: Finding and interpreting Sicilian/Italian records

 
  • Mormon microfilms

  • familysearch.org

  • Ancestry.com

  • Description of Napoleonic civil records

  • Examples of birth, marriage and death records

  • Ecclesiastic records

  • Foundlings

To schedule  a lecture, contact me at:  

 

.

 

Angelo F. Coniglio is a first-generation Sicilian-American, youngest of nine children born to parents from Serradifalco (Serradifarcu), Provincia Caltanissetta, Sicilia.  After retiring from practicing and  teaching civil engineering, he began researching his ancestry.  That interest led him to volunteer as a librarian at a local Mormon FamilySearch Center, where he is responsible for managing over five hundred Mormon microfilms of Italian/Sicilian records, on permanent loan to the center.  He has written a book inspired by his research; a fictional account of the life of a foundling girl in 1800s Sicily, her 'carusu' (mine-boy) brother, and their struggling parents.  The book, The Lady of the Wheel, may be ordered at http://bit.ly/racalmuto

See Coniglio's family website at http://bit.ly/FamigliaConiglio, and for examples of original Sicilian birth, baptism, marriage and death records in Italian and Latin, go to http://bit.ly/HeritagePath and follow the links.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hit Counter