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Last summer when I moved out of my Pennsylvania home, I put this research project on hold until I finished relocating. Now I am home in New York, and I’ve ordered the last four reels of Baselice microfilm. They are on permanent loan at my nearest Family History Center. The reels cover the years 1824-1843, and I hope they will fill in many gaps in my family history.

My strategy with the last of the film is to go straight to each index—the listing of people included in each set of birth, death and marriage records—and scan them for the last names that are most important to me: Leone, Iamarino, Iammucci, Pisciotti. In a Notepad file on my laptop, I type in the person’s name and what I can glean from the index. Then I back up and find the individual documents, taking down all of the pertinent information.

Lots of times I will see an irresistible last name, like Pallotta or Bozza, and I’ll take down that information because I know it will somehow be a relative of mine. I have followed this format for 1824-1839 so far and will continue tomorrow.

When I’ve finished grabbing the most exciting people from the indexes, I will go back and take down information for absolutely everyone, as I have in the past.

After each session’s notetaking, I return home and plug the information into my Family Tree Maker file to see what I’ve learned. One of the best new discoveries was that a Leonardo Pisciotti about whom I had gathered information, turned out to be the brother of my great great grandmother Caterina Pisciotti.

Each time I update my tree, I synch it with the version I keep on ancestry.com. A bit less often I will update the GEDCOM version that I keep on the free RootsWeb site.

It seems, now, as if I really will finish this project some day, and then I’ll exhaust every measure to share it with other descendants of Baselice.