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2020 Fall Trip Plans Starting !!
I'm looking forward to returning to work in Italy in October/November 2020 (see www.gentracer.com/nextrip.html).
Short, but sweet Spring 2020 trip!
The big news is that the Italian government removed the grandfather clause from citizenship. The new rule is that your ancestor had to be born in Italy. Applicants can apply for citizenship starting with their most recent ancestor born In Italy after 17 March 1861, or with their most recent ancestor born BEFORE the formation of Italy who died AFTER 17 March 1861.
The monthly presenations at the Cultural Event Center in Salt Lake City started in January and will continue throughout the year, if only online. See schedule for details.
In February, I did research at the former Jewish Concentration Camps in Campagna (Salerno province) and Ferramonti (Cosenza province). I will be working that information into my presentations, as well as working on articles and perhaps a book on the Jewish Concentration Camps of Italy During WW II. Most folks simply don't know and most of the available information is in Italian.
Spent a few days in Acri and San Marco Argentano seeking very old church records. Finally found them in a Diocese Archive only open one day a week. Further work there will involve some scheduling skills. Then down to Mazara del Vallo in Sicily for more very old church records. Those still haven't been moved from the Cathedral to the Diocese Archive, making access a problem until that move is made, so I made up the difference in the notarial records kept at the provincial archives (Archivio di Stato) in Trapani. A challenging trip, but still wonderful to spend time in Italy. More details at (see www.gentracer.com/lastrip.html)
On July 9, I'll be in Dubois, Wyoming at their Museum for a book signing for my latest book (American Prisoner of War Camps in Montana and Wyoming). It's a charming town with an excellent local museum.
The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies invited me to speak on "20 Century Jewish Military Burials Across Europe and the US" and on "The Italian Concentration Camps of World War II". Of course, that conference has been cancelled. Videos of previous presentations are located at www.gentracer.com/videos.html.
In October, I'm planning to research in the Vatican Secret Archives, more Jewish WWII Concentration Camps. Then to work in the church and provincial and town records at a few towns and cities yet to be determined. Also planning to visit the archaelogical dig at the 200 C.E. synagogue in Bova Marina (Reggio Calabria province). Then down to Sicily for work before flying home.
I'm looking forward to meeting with both American and European friends (old and new), as well as returning to favorite places and visiting towns I haven't seen before!
From Adrian Burke, "I wanted to let you know that my Sicilian article incorporating a good portion of your research will be published this spring in The Genealogist in three parts spread out over the next year and a half. See their website here: https://fasg.org/the-genealogist/". Many congratulations to him for achieving this level of scholarship. That journal is the most exacting in the genealogical community.
Here is a Book Review of Memorie di personaggi e famiglie storiche di Burgio by Raimondo Lentini and Antonino Sala by Adrian Benjamin Burke.
Memorie di personaggi e famiglie storiche di Burgio by Raimondo Lentini and Antonino Sala (Bisacquino, Palermo, Italy: Fondazione Thule Cultura, Jan., 2018), softcover, 241 pp., table of contents, but no index, photos and armorial illustrations. Written in Italian. $40.00 + shipping. Order from Antonino Sala at
My book on CD titled Sicily, Part 1 and Part 2 is now available on 2 CDs or .rar files. With a file for each town (plus many other files), it relates the history of Sicily as reflected in the photos, records and festivals of its towns. It contains over 2500 text and photo files and can be ordered at CD order.
My latest book is titled American Prisoner of War Camps in Montana and Wyoming and is available at Amazon in paperback format.
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