Italian Genealogy with Friends


Mary DeMatteo Sangalang, Founder and Chair

…over the years we’ve had fieldtrips to museums, libraries, and even Roslyn’s ethnic cemetery! I’m very proud that we have supported each other in our quest to find our Italian ancestors, sharing tips, resources, and celebrating successes.

Join us while we help each other research our family histories:

  • Share your successes and discoveries with friends.
  • Everyone is welcome for continuous or periodic research support.
  • Keep up to date on the latest local Italian genealogy activities

As a group we share what we’ve learned:

  • How to get started.
  • Discover what works.
  • Don’t repeat our mistakes.
  • What to do when you hit a brick wall.
  • Get new perspectives on how to solve your research issues.
  • Discover online Italian genealogical sources.

Upcoming Events

SPECIAL PRESENTATION – Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CB
Unlocking Notation Codes on Alien Passenger Lists
WHEN: November 20, 2021
TIME: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

This is a ZOOM meeting. The attendance is limited, so please request access using this FORM.

Late 19th and early 20th-century alien passenger manifests often contain cryptic number and letter codes. Most genealogists simply look past them. Learn how to interpret these codes and what significant details they can reveal about your ancestor’s immigration and naturalization experience. The presentation is heavily illustrated with examples from actual alien passenger lists and the handout provides a fairly complete glossary of the terms, codes, and abbreviations used on them.

Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG, is co-editor of the Minnesota Genealogist quarterly journal. Liz is immediate past president of the Association for Professional Genealogists Northland Chapter and has served several terms on the Minnesota Genealogical Society Board of Directors. She currently chairs one MGS committee and is a member of several national and ethnic genealogy societies. Liz recently published two books: a collection of WWI letters and photographs called With Love to All, a co-authored guide called Husförhörslängder, Swedish Household Examination Records. She researches and lectures professionally as Red Bird Genealogy Services ( In addition, Liz plays flute and piccolo professionally and holds a private pilot’s license.

EGS We are a Special Interest Group of the
Eastside Genealogical Society.

The EGS provides members a forum for learning and the exchange of information related to genealogy. It obtains and provides resources for use by members, encourages genealogical research and documentation and aids in organizing and computerizing local records related to genealogy.

We are a member of
Casa Italiana Italian Cultural Center

To create a permanent ongoing physical space dedicated to embracing and renewing the joy and vibrant diversity of the soul and spirit of Italy, including its historical, linguistic, and culinary significance.

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