Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Italian Mobsters and International Research–Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cool down from the August heat by coming to the air-conditioned auditorium where PCGS will resume our monthly meetings after our short break in July.

Our featured speaker, Joey Caccarozzo, will take us along on her journey to reveal the truth behind the Caccarozzo surname.  Is Caccarozzo her family's original surname or did her great-grandfather create that name before immigrating to the U.S.? Did her great-grandfather's emigration story involve criminals and mobsters?

The meeting will open with Joey giving us the Do's and Don'ts of a Successful International Research Trip based on her own experiences during her very successful research trip to Italy where she discovered the truth behind her surname and traced her paternal line back several more generations. Following a short break and award of door-prizes, she will present what she learned in the Case Study: Criminals, Mobsters and the Truth Behind My Name.

Joey Caccarozzo is a relative newcomer to genealogy. She began researching her family tree only seven years ago, when she was pregnant with her second child. She has three – ages 10, 5, and 4 years, and they keep her very busy.  Although she is new to genealogy, she is very experienced at complex international research, thanks in part to her career.

Joey has been a prosecutor for the Department of Homeland Security for over thirteen years. She has prosecuted removal cases involving national security, human rights violators, and individuals who have provided material support to terrorists. Her specialty is Eastern European asylum fraud, but she has also aided in the prosecution of large scale fraud involving Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, and Eritrean nationals. Her employment background has assisted her in pursuing her family's history; likewise, pursuing her family's history has helped her become a better researcher in her career.

Joey is a PCGS member and serves on the PCGS Steering Committee. In her spare time, she teaches classes on DNA at the annual Tucson Family History Fair, at local Family History Centers, and at genealogy clubs.

Our general meetings are free and open to members and non-members alike. Members will have access to the handouts via the Members Only section of our website (, one of the many perks of becoming a member.


Saturday, August 19, 2017
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Banner-University Medical Center
Duval Auditorium (Room 2600)
1501 N. Campbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ

Parking is free

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