2021 7th Aeolian Genealogy Webinar

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Webinar Program

Topic: Research Strategies for Italian Family History

Several strategies to use to advance your Italian genealogical research.

Presenter: Joe Russo (Keynote Panellist)

Learn more about Joe

Joe Russo was born in Geelong to parents of Aeolian ancestry from Lipari and Salina. Joe has been researching his own ancestry and the genealogy of the Aeolian Islands, in particular, for over two decades. What started off as a hobby grew into a greater appreciation of the islands’ history, culture and especially its rich and often complex genealogical past.

After having created his first website on the subject back in the 1990s when the internet was still relatively unknown, now includes social media and an evolving new website and blog. Joe travels to the Aeolian Islands frequently.

Joe Russo

Joe Russo


Topic: Which Aeolian Islands Do You Think You Come From?

Researching the family of the Hon. James Merlino, MP, Deputy Premier of Victoria and Minister of Education and Patron to the Società Isole Eolie.

Presenter: Janetta Ziino (Keynote Address)

Learn more about Janetta

After many years of teaching – originally as a Primary School Teacher, then an Italian Language Teacher, Janetta returned to university as a mature student upon receiving a scholarship to study an Advanced Diploma in Interpreting at RMIT in 2015.

Janetta is now a practising Certified Interpreter for the Italian community as well as working for the
National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

A member of the Regional Advisory Council for the Victorian Multicultural Commission,
Janetta is immersed in the Italian community of Melbourne and is the Director of Events for the Società Isole Eolie of Melbourne.

Janetta Ziino


Topic: How to Access and Read Italian Records

Learn how to access online sources and read Italian Birth, Death and Marriage records to help you build your family tree. 

Presenter: Michael Angelini

Learn more about Michael

Michael Angelini is the grandson of Aeolian born grandparents on his mother’s side, who came from Lipari and Salina. Since 2005 at the age of 15 he has been researching his ancestry and since 2007 has been helping others find their own ancestors.

Michael has created many online indexes from the birth, marriage and death records on the islands relating to the years 1820-1910. He is an active committee member and Assistant Director of Events at the SIE. He aims that his research and data collection will help other descendants from the Aeolian Islands go back further in their ancestry.

Michael Angelini

Topic: Speaking Aeolian in the Broader Italian Context

Presenting examples of the speech of traditional Aeolian migrants, John will discuss similarities to the Sicilian it closely resembles. Comparing differences with standard Italian, we can consider whether ‘Eoliano’ is separate enough to be almost a language in itself.

Presenter: John Barnao

Learn more about John

John Barnao was born in Carlton to parents who migrated from Stromboli. As a first child, he learned the Aeolian dialect. His father Vincenzo first came to Australia in 1927 as a 13-year-old and worked as a typical fruiterer all his life. John studied Economics and Commerce at the University of Melbourne and Arts at Monash.

He then went on to pursue a career in Banking, Accountancy, and Tax. He is a member of various local historical societies and in recent years has been collecting photos and stories of Melbourne’s Aeolian fruit shops.

A few years ago, he wrote a paper for the Italian Historical Society detailing the root causes of Aeolian migration and the significance of the Società’ Isole Eolie in directing the decision of many to come to Australia. He is presently our SIE Treasurer.

John Barnao

John Barnao

Topic: The History of the First Aeolian Migrations to Sydney and the Circolo Isole Eolie.

Presenter: Cristina Neri

Learn more about Cristina

Cristina Neri was born in the country Victorian town of Horsham. Both her mother and father migrated to Australia from the Aeolian island of Salina soon after the Second World War.
Cristina’s father owned a succession of cafés and established the district’s first reception centre and bistro, the La Fontana. Cristina grew up in these kitchens as well as at the feet of her Nonna, thus igniting an appreciation for her Aeolian heritage and its food.

Cristina is a graphic designer, illustrator, photographer and author. Her favourite subject is her family and Aeolian heritage. She has recently written and illustrated her first children’s picture book titled For Love which is set on the island of Salina.

In 2013, she initiated the Eoliano Heritage Study Program to reunite descendants like herself with their cultural past and on 2016, curated the exhibition titled From Volcanoes We Sailed which featured at the Immigration Museum of Victoria. Cristina also wrote and produced the documentary Ammunini to celebrate the 90th year anniversary of the Società Isole Eolie.

It is Cristina’s hope that she can honour the Aeolian people, their journeys, cultural traditions and foods by her contributions as a committee member of the Società Isole Eolie.

Cristina Neri

Cristina Neri


Here are just a few of the things people frequently ask about our webinars.
If you don’t see your question here, get in touch with us below.

When and what time is the webinar?

The 7th Aeolian Genealogy Webinar will be held on Sunday 24th October 2021

The webinar will start at 10 am (AEDT Australian Eastern Daylight Time) in Melbourne, Australia.

10 am for other Time Zones:
Auckland – 12 pm  noon (NZDT) Sunday
London – midnight (BST) Sunday
Los Angeles – 4 pm (PDT) Saturday of the date before
New York – 7 pm (EDT) Saturday of the date before
Roma, Italia – 1 am (CEST) Sunday

I live outside Australia. Can I still register and watch the webinar?

Of course, you can!  We would love for you to join us. Please just pay attention to the time zone difference as all times and dates are stated as Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).

When it is 10 am on Sunday here in Melbourne it is:
Auckland – 12 pm  noon (NZDT) Sunday
London – midnight (BST) Sunday
Los Angeles – 4 pm (PDT) Saturday of the date before
New York – 7 pm (EDT) Saturday of the date before
Roma, Italia – 1 am (CEST) Sunday

Can I attend the seminar in-person in 2021?

This year due to Covid-19 restrictions the seminar will take place online via our webinar.
We are sorry in-person is not an option this year.

How much will the online webinar cost?

The cost per person for the 7th Aeolian Genealogy Webinar is $45.00 (AUD) 
Upon registration, payment will be requested.

Is there a discount for Societá Isole Eolie Members?

There is no further discount for members. The cost of $45.00 (AUD) per person is for everyone, members including non-members of the Societá Isole Eolie Melbourne.

If you would like to become a member of the Societá Isole Eolie Melbourne and see its benefits please click HERE

How long will the webinar go for?

The webinar will be about 6 hours long starting at 10 am and finishing at about 4pm (AEDT)

My family comes from another part of Italy. Is this webinar beneficial to me?

The webinar is mainly focused on the Aeolian Islands/ Sicilian themes, though anyone with Italian ancestry will also benefit from these informative presentations as they can be applied to other parts of Italy and give suggestions to build upon your ancestry research.

After Registration
I have registered. What now is my next step?

If you have used Zoom before on your computer you should be set to go.
If you haven’t used Zoom before, any time after registration, till before the webinar begins we suggest you download Zoom Client for FREE by clicking HERE
That way before the webinar begins you can click the link in your confirmation email and it will open up in the Zoom Free software.
Other than that… just wait for Sunday the 24th of October to enjoy an informative session.

How do I access/join the webinar after registration?

To join any of the webinar sessions, please click the link that you received in the confirmation email after you registered.
You will receive a reminder email 24hours before the webinars begin and can use that link in that email.

Can more than one person view the webinar session with the same link sent to me?

No. Only one device can view the webinar session at a time with the link sent to you.

During a webinar
Can I ask questions during the webinar?

Yes, feel free to ask questions in the webinar Q&A window during the webinar.
At the end of each presentation, we will have allocated question time with the panellist.

Do I need to mute myself on the webinar?

As an attendee, you will automatically be muted when you enter into the webinar.

Can you see me in the webinar?

As an attendee, we or others will not be able to see you.

After a webinar
I missed the webinar. Can I re-watch it?

The Webinar will be recorded and will be able to be viewed for a limited time after going live for those who have registered.

If you will not be able to participate in the webinar LIVE with us please email us at sie.melbourne@gmail.com and we can give you access to the webinar after it went live.

NOTE: The recordings will be a recorded video of the webinar session and it won’t be possible to ask questions to our panellists.

Other Questions...

For any other questions, please contact us in the contact form at the bottom of the page.
We are happy to help you out for any questions you may have.


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For any enquiries or for more information regarding
our Annual Genealogy Webinar please contact us here.

We look forward to you joining us for an informative webinar.


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