Monday, January 24, 2011

A Rainy Day in Texas...

is a good day to start blogging.  I came up to my office with the intention of scanning some more documents from a binder lent to me by a local researcher on the Italians in the Fairview Cemetery of League City, Texas, my new hometown.  Based on a recommendation from Dick Eastman, I purchased a Fujitsu Scan Snap S1500.  WOW!  What a machine!  It took me awhile to figure out that it was duplex scanning both the back and front of the documents on one pass.  The speed and quality of the scans are very impressive.  Finally, I have a way to digitize all of my genealogy binders.  But in the meantime, I am scanning the genealogy of the local Italians that was compiled by Deborah.

I guess you could say that I am a joiner.  Since arriving in League City in August 2010, I have joined the League City Historical Society, the Friends of the Clayton Library, the Italian Cultural and Community Center in Houston and the Butler Longhorn Museum.  Robin and I filled out volunteer forms for the Galveston Historical Foundation and we worked on their Historic Home Tour.

I have been reaching out to the local genealogical societies and offering to present my lectures on Italian and Irish genealogy.  In the process, I have become part of an effort to restore the Ghirardi Farm House to serve as an Italian Heritage Museum.  I have received an invitation from the Bay Area Genealogical Society to present my Italian Genealogy lecture at their meeting on March 25 at 6:30 pm at the University Baptist Church, 16106 Middlebrook Drive in Houston.

Come see and hear my PowerPoint presentation on Italian Genealogy!

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