Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cosenza Archives & Family Search

It feels like I haven't been around in forever - life just seems to be getting in the way of my being able to sit here and write.  I have two weeks to go to reach my goal of losing 20 pounds and it looks like I just might be short by a pound or two.  No matter - I'm still happy with my progress so far and have been busy exercising and enjoying the summer as much as possible this year.

The other thing I have been totally consumed by is helping a friend locate information about another friend's family.  Gwen is defintiely an expert in most areas of research since she and her husband are the Directors at the Family History Center I like going too but when she told me about her little project I couldn't resist jumping in and offering my help.  Together we've done quite well.  She ordered all the microfilms from the town we were interested and since the town is in Cosenza, I used the Cosenza Archives website to piece family group members together.  I email her what I think and she emails me back her thoughts and the actual records I would like to see.  Then once a week we meet and compare notes!

I also am in the process of redesigning the Calabria Exchange so that's taking a bit of time and effort.  I asked for anyone interested in helping out with the project to contact me and the response has been overwhelming.  I really hope this will expand the project more quickly and lighten some of the load on myself and Mary who is currently extracting the majority of the Ardore records I have been putting on line.  I'm not sure what I would have done without her this last year.  She's been absolutely amazing.

As for the Italian Surname Database - well thats a job in itself.  The format I currently use makes it so difficult to input all the surnames we get daily so I need to find another way to do this.  Sometimes I am at it for hours formatting and inputting the data, not to mention correcting spellings of Towns and doing look ups so it's as accurate as it can be. 

Time to cook and call it an early night.  The system at work has been down for two days and the workload is going to be killer.  I am going to try and get in there early tomorrow so I can get everything that needs to be done.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad

Today my parents celebrate their 49th Wedding Anniversary. Mom and Dad met in person only two weeks prior to getting married in a Church - although they had already married on 10 Dec (six months earlier) by proxy in the Comune of Malito. My father's brother, Rocco stood in for him.

My parents marriage was not an arranged one - they fell in love through pictures. My mother would often write to her Aunt here in Canada and my father worked for my Uncle. One day he saw her picture and asked if he could write to her. My Aunt agreed and so the love story began. Within months my mother visited my father's family in his hometown of Locri and not long after they married by proxy and mom made her way to Canada aboard the Saturnia to Pier 21 in Halifax where my father waited for her. They took the train to Toronto where my mother went directly to her Aunt's house and my father to his brother's house. Two weeks later they married in the local church.

My parents will be celebrating their 50th anniversary by taking a trip to Italy. Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Happy Canada Day!

Just wanted to wish all my friends a very Happy Canada Day.

From Wikipedia:

Canada Day (French: Fête du Canada), formerly Dominion Day (French: Le Jour de la Confédération), is Canada's national day, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act (today called the Constitution Act, 1867), which united two British colonies and a province of the British Empire into a single country called Canada. Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as internationally.