Weaver Library - East Providence Public Library 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence / Hybrid on Zoom
The next meeting of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society will be held on Saturday, April 1st at the Weaver Library - East Providence Public Library and online via Zoom. This half-day meeting will begin at 12:30 pm with news and announcements. There will be coffee and light refreshments for those attending in person. The first speaker will begin at 1:00 pm. If you would like to bring something for the refreshment table, it would be greatly appreciated. Everyone is invited to attend, so bring along your nonmember friends who have an interest in exploring their genealogy. TAn email reminder with the link will be sent prior to the meeting.
Andiamo! Finding Your Italian Family Get started on Italian-American research. Margaret Rose Fortier
This talk covers background on Italy, why they left, where they settled, why your grandfather has five cousins named Vincenzo. It includes examples of useful records in the US and Italy. Knowing what their life was like in the old country helps us understand their choices and behavior when they came to America: why they were slow to naturalize, why the family was the most important institution, why they worked as laborers, and why food was a source of celebration. Andiamo!
Margaret Rose Fortier is a Board certified genealogical researcher, writer, and lecturer. Named after her grandmothers and inspired by her mother’s phenomenal memory, she has been researching for 20 years. The daughter of an immigrant, she specializes in immigrant ancestors to New England, particularly those of Italian descent. A graduate of Boston College and Bentley University, she holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. She serves on the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is a facilitator for the Certification Discussion Group (CDG).
Astrid Drew is the archivist for the Steamship Historical Society of America, where she manages and organizes collections, digital media, and assists the public in learning more about the history of engine-powered vessels. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science, with a focus in archives and preservation, from Simmons College.