Flavio Andreatta Wins Governor General Medals

Society President Flavio Andreatta

On February 4, 2011, our Society President, Flavio Andreatta, was awarded the Governor General of Canada Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal for 20 years of loyal and exemplary service to law enforcement in Canada.  On the same date, Flavio was awarded the Governor General of Canada Medal Bar for 30 years of loyal and exemplary service to law enforcement in Canada.

Flavio Andreatta states, “I am very proud to be the first and only Italian born Citizenship and Immigration Officer and Minister’s Delegate to have received the highest amount of awards from the Canadian Government.”

Marisa De Franceschi publishes new book “Random Thoughts”

A New Book by Windsor Author Marisa De Franceschi

 (Windsor, ON) Monday, August 16, 2010Longbridge Books, a publishing house based in Montreal, has recently released Random Thoughts: Poetry and Prose Sketches by Marisa De Franceschi. 

 A welcome addition to Canadian literature, Random Thoughts is a collection of short prose sketches which express the often complicated feelings one may have for sons, daughters, husbands, sisters, friends, and the world at large. The sketches are sometimes lighthearted and whimsical, but they can also be poignant expressions of disappointment, disbelief, and distaste for what the writer is witness to. Although the tone may vary from piece to piece, the overwhelming drive and goal is to spotlight situations that will cause the reader to ponder what is really happening beneath the surface. The author’s priorities are to entertain but also to encourage a rethinking of our relationships with our fellow man.

Marisa De Franceschi has published four books including the novel Surface Tension (1994), the short story collection Family Matters (2001) and the anthology Pillars of Lace (1998). Her short stories, articles and book reviews have appeared in publications such as Canadian Author & Bookman, Pure Fiction and Accenti Magazine. She is a college professor in Windsor.

 Available at : Chapters/Indigo online and Longbridge Books, Montreal

The Origin of the Italian Language: Part 2

Last Wednesday, December 9, 2009, our Society President, Flavio Andreatta gave a lecture on the Origin of the Italian Language – Part 2. He began by mentioning that there are several major languages commonly spoken in Italy. These include Albanian, Bavarian, Catalan, Cimbian, Corsican, Croation, Friulian, Slovene. Other minor languages are also spoken including German in the north, Greece  and Latin in the south, plus many dialects. Major branches or groups of Italian dialects include Gallic, Italic, Latin, Greek and Venetic. They vary in phonetic pronunciation and use of vowels.

Before 1935 in Malta, Italian was the primary language. After 1935, Maltese grew to become the dominant official language in Malta. Italian is a minor language in Somalia, Eritrea, Libya, Ethiopia, and Tientsn China. Italian is widely spoken in Monaco, Corsica (a French territory) and 29 other countries.

In 1890, only about 2 percent of Italians spoke official Italian. Otherwise they spoke a dialect. But they could still understand Italian if it was spoken to them. By 1900, over 30 percent of Italians could speak Italian. This was largely due to schooling. By 1930, over 80 percent of Italians were fluent in Italian.

It is interesting to note that back in Italy, dialects still change over time. This is not the case after Italian immigrate to another country. Brazil has the largest population of Italian immigrants at over 1.5 million, as does Argentina. The people of Malta speak Italian today largely due to media broadcasts. Italian officials once refused to recognize Friulian as an official language. Today Friulian is not only an official language, it is also taught in schools. In Chipilo, Mexico, there is a population of light skinned people who speak a Venetian dialect that is well maintained to this day. This is thought to go back to Venetian Italian immigrants to the area from around 1865.

The Italian Genealogy and Heraldry Society of Canada

Logo Società (2) June 2013

Welcome to the Italian Genealogy and Heraldry Society of Canada. We are a Canadian national non-profit charity dedicated to tracing your Italian family roots through our research in genealogy and heraldry (coats-of-arms). Our Society has the largest library of books outside of Italy for researching your Italian family history. Please feel free to check out the “About the IGHSC” page for more information. A $50.00 tax deductible donation to the Society is appreciated to answer genealogy and heraldry queries. Serious inquiries only.