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Aeolian Genealogy Seminar

Aeolian Genealogy Seminar - Webinar Series

Aeolian Genealogy Seminar - Webinar Series
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6th Aeolian Genealogy Seminar – Webinar Series

Webinar Session Dates:

  • Sunday 4th Oct 2020  10am-11:30am
  • Sunday 11th Oct 2020  10am-12pm
  • Sunday 18th Oct 2020 10am-12pm
  • Sunday 25th Oct 2020 10am-12pm
    (All times are in AEST)
Cost:   $45.00 (AUD)

Includes all 4 webinar sessions.

Webinars are in English.

This year we are hosting our 6th Genealogy Seminar Online
via a series of 4 Webinars. One for every Sunday in October.

Wherever you are in the world and from the comfort in front of your own computer
you will be able to be part of this informative series.

Costs $45.00 (AUD) per person.

The cost includes all 4 webinar sessions.
Each webinar session has two topics except for the first one with keynote panellist Joe Russo.
Please scroll down to see this years topics and on what day they are will be discussed.

The webinar series is suited to beginners to advanced family historians.
Not only those with the Aeolian Islands ancestry but also anyone with Italian ancestry will be able to benefit from these informative presentations as the topics can also be applied to other parts of Italy and give suggestions to build upon their ancestry research.

The webinars will start each Sunday at 10 am (AEST Australian Eastern Standard 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 | UTC 11 pm Saturday of the date before.

Australian Eastern Standard Time attendees- Please remember clocks move forward one hour at 3 am on Sunday, October 4th.

PANELISTS

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.

Robert Mandile

Robert Mandile

Learn more about Robert

Robert Mandile was born in Melbourne. He has completed a Teaching Diploma, an Arts Degree at LaTrobe University, ‘majoring in History, a Theology Degree and a Graduate Diploma in Religious

Education. Robert has taught at seven schools, teaching Years 6 to Year 12, also holding various positions of responsibility spanning 43 years. He is semi-retired, but undertaking emergency teaching and also a Tertiary Supervisor with Australian Catholic University. Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, he spent much time with his family, meeting with relatives and attending various Aeolian events organised by the SIE. He has always had a love of history and after eight years of research published a book in 2010 of family trees and personal stories entitled ‘From the Aeolian Islands to Melbourne and Sydney’. A total of 205 copies were first published, and 40 copies of a second edition were printed several years later.

Lucia Babera

Dr. Lucia Barbera

Learn more about Lucia

Dr Lucia Barbera, currently living in Melbourne and working as a Secondary LOTE teacher, holds a PhD in the History of Social Institutions and Development Cooperation from the University of Messina, a Master of Teaching from Deakin University, Melbourne and an Advanced Master’s Degree in Institutions and Policies of Human Rights and Peace from the University of Padua. She has worked in public and private organizations for the promotion and protection of women’s and children’s rights, in Veneto and in Sicily, and collaborated for different publications at various academic levels.

In 2015, Dr Barbera received a Letter of Commendation from the Commissioner of Messina Province, as a formal and official recognition of her vast and dedicated contribution to the research and photographic/documentary exhibition on the history of foundlings and abandoned children in Messina (Sicily).

Cristina Neri

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.

John Barnao

John Barnao

Learn more about John

John Barnao was born in Carlton to parents who migrated from Stromboli. His father Vincenzo first came to Australia in 1927 as a 13-year-old and worked as a typical fruiterer all his life. He 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.

John is a member of various local historical societies and in recent years has been collecting photos and stories of Aeolian migrant experiences. 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.

Joe Russo

Joe Russo

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.

FAQ

When and what time is the webinars?

The 6th Aeolian Genealogy Seminar will be held as a Webinar Series.
For each Sunday in October, we will hold a Live Webinar with 1 or 2 panellists presenting thier topic.

The webinars will start each Sunday at 10 am (AEST Australian Eastern Standard 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 sessions?

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 Standard Time (AEST).

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 2020?

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

How much will the online webinar series cost?

The cost per person for the 6th Aeolian Genealogy Seminar- Webinar Series is $45.00 (AUD) 
This includes all four webinar sessions.  Upon registration, payment will be requested.

I would only like to watch one of the webinar sessions do I still pay the total amount of $45

Yes. Just like any of our other seminars, the price includes all presentations and are not priced individually.

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 each webinar session go for?

The webinars will be about two hours long starting at 10 am and finishing at 12 pm (AEST)

My family comes from another part of Italy. Are these sessions benefical to me?

The webinar series 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. Topics like DNA and how to research your ancestors can be applied to anyone with an Italian background.

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 each Sunday in 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 we provided you or that you received in the confirmation email after you registered.

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 comments area 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 a webinar. Can I rewatch it?

The sessions will be recorded and will be able to be viewed after the session time for those who have registered.
Please click HERE to go to Webinar Replay.

If you do miss any of the sessions please email us at sie.melbourne@gmail.com and we can give you access to the webinar sessions that you missed.

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.

MISSED A WEBINAR?

Did you miss a webinar when it went live or registered after the 4th of October?

Each webinar session will be recorded and will be able to be viewed after the session time for those who have registered.
Even if you register after October 4th (after our first session) you can still watch the webinars your missed.

Please email us at sie.melbourne@gmail.com
and we can give you access to the webinar sessions that you missed with a unique password.

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

CONTACT US

For any questions please send a message here below.

Webinar Series Program

Webinar No.1 | Sunday 4th October 2020 | 10am – 11:30am

Topic: Aeolian Surnames

Examining the origin, meaning and evolution of Aeolian surnames and how this can help with your family 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

KEYNOTE PANELLIST

Webinar No.2 | Sunday 11th October 2020 | 10am – 12pm

Topic: Five Centuries of Notable Travellers and Adventurers to the Aeolian Islands

A discussion about bygone visitors and explorers, featuring an introduction to emerging research on 16th & 17th Century settlement by Jewish refugees after their departure from Spain & Portugal.

Presenter: John Barnao

Learn more about John

John Barnao was born in Carlton to parents who migrated from Stromboli. His father Vincenzo first came to Australia in 1927 as a 13-year-old and worked as a typical fruiterer all his life. He 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.

John is a member of various local historical societies and in recent years has been collecting photos and stories of Aeolian migrant experiences. 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: Finding distant cousins through DNA

Learn how taking an Ancestry DNA test can help you find long lost cousins and break down those brick walls in 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

Webinar No.3 | Sunday 18th October 2020 | 10am – 12pm

Topic: Infant abandonment & the foundling wheel “la ruota” in Sicily

Analysing the rescue system and name-assignment practices of abandoned infants

Presenter: Dr Lucia Barbera

Learn more about Lucia

Dr Lucia Barbera, currently living in Melbourne and working as a Secondary LOTE teacher, holds a PhD in the History of Social Institutions and Development Cooperation from the University of Messina, a Master of Teaching from Deakin University, Melbourne and an Advanced Master’s Degree in Institutions and Policies of Human Rights and Peace from the University of Padua. She has worked in public and private organizations for the promotion and protection of women’s and children’s rights, in Veneto and in Sicily, and collaborated for different publications at various academic levels.

In 2015, Dr Barbera received a Letter of Commendation from the Commissioner of Messina Province, as a formal and official recognition of her vast and dedicated contribution to the research and photographic/documentary exhibition on the history of foundlings and abandoned children in Messina (Sicily).

Lucia Babera

Dr Lucia Barbera

Topic: Tips on how cemeteries can help us with our family tree

Exploring how gravestones can give clues to further help us in our family history research & understanding Italian cemeteries.

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

Webinar No.4 | Sunday 25th October 2020 | 10am – 12pm

Topic: How to get started on Aeolian Genealogy

From interviews with elderly relatives to sources like the Victorian Public Records Office, Australian National Archives, Sands and McDougall Directories, Cemeteries, Presbyteries, Ancestry.com and Ellis Island websites to kick start your family tree.

Presenter: Robert Mandile

Learn more about Robert

Robert Mandile was born in Melbourne. He has completed a Teaching Diploma, an Arts Degree at LaTrobe University, ‘majoring in History, a Theology Degree and a Graduate Diploma in Religious

Education. Robert has taught at seven schools, teaching Years 6 to Year 12, also holding various positions of responsibility spanning 43 years. He is semi-retired, but undertaking emergency teaching and also a Tertiary Supervisor with Australian Catholic University. Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, he spent much time with his family, meeting with relatives and attending various Aeolian events organised by the SIE. He has always had a love of history and after eight years of research published a book in 2010 of family trees and personal stories entitled ‘From the Aeolian Islands to Melbourne and Sydney’. A total of 205 copies were first published, and 40 copies of a second edition were printed several years later.

Robert Mandile

Robert Mandile

Topic: A Tour of the Museum of Aeolian Emigration in Malfa, Salina

Join a virtual tour through the museum collection and discover the factors and events that shaped the Aeolian diaspora in the New World.

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

All these four webinar sessions are included in your registration.

A sample of previous talks at our Genealogy Seminars

Family History Resources

Aeolian Islands Birth Death and Marriage Records

1746-1767 & 1776-1799 Church Baptism Records
1820-1860 Civil Records
1861-1865 Civil Records
1866-1910 Civil Records
Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
Festa di San Bartolomeo
From Volcanoes, We Sailed
From Volcanoes We Sailed
BobDimattina & Antonio Bongiorno Acland St St Kilda c.1920s
Fruiterers & Thier Fruit Shops
History of Eolian Hall
Honour Board
Miss and Mr Isole Eolie 2017
Miss and Mr Isole Eolie Pageant
Notable Aeolian-Australians
SIE Historical Photo Archive
SIE Museum

Contact Us

For any enquiries or for more information regarding
our Annual Genealogy Seminar
please contact Michael Angelini using this form.

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

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