Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Spend St. Patrick's Weekend in Salt Lake City with the Czechs & Slovaks!

This announcement is provided by the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International about their upcoming Salt Lake City Symposium, March 16-17, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Please direct all questions to CGSI.

Salt Lake City Symposium

March 16-17, 2012

Come and join your Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) friends while we research at the Worlds’ largest genealogical library with access to 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 727,000 microfiche, 356,000 books, serials and other formats; over 4,500 periodicals and 3,725 electronic resources.

Learn all about using the collection and discover new leads to uncovering your genealogical roadblocks. Get help from experts in Eastern European research.

Become acquainted with CGSI officers, directors and other fellow members at our Social mixer on Thursday evening to set the tone for two days of learning. Whether this is your first visit or your fourteenth, this will be a special event with presentations focused on Czech and Slovak research and archival record acquisition made available within a block of the Family History Library.

Please register early as space is limited to the first 150! See you there.

Visit our website at: for further details, lodging and registration form.

~ Paul Makousky, Symposium Chair

Copyright, 2011, Lisa A. Alzo

Disclosure: I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International, and have been invited to present three talks at the March symposium for which I will receive travel reimbursement.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Remembering Dad

In memory of my father, John, on the sixth anniversary of his passing away.

Can't believe it's been that long since I've seen your smile or heard your laugh. I remember that morning when I held your hand as you took your last breath. Saying goodbye to you was one of the most difficult moments I've ever had to experience. I am forever grateful for all you gave me and all you taught me. Rest in peace. Love you.

This is his senior class photograph from Duquesne High School.

John Alzo, Duquesne High School, 1943. Original photo & Digital image. Privately held by Lisa Alzo [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] New York, 2011

Copyright, 2011, Lisa A. Alzo

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Beyond Black Friday: Baba's Kitchen Book on Sale

The insanity of Black Friday has come and gone, but if you're looking for a nice stocking stuffer gift, you can save 25% off my book, Baba's Kitchen: Slovak & Rusyn Family Recipes & Traditions, Second Edition, at

Simply click here to order, and use coupon code: BUYMYBOOK305

Please note that the maximum savings is amount is $50 and the coupon's end date is December 14, 2011.

About the Book:

Baba's Kitchen is a collection of Slovak and Rusyn recipes and traditions passed down through the generations. Also included are some adopted American favorites. This revised edition contains several bonus recipes and traditions. For more information, visit the Babas Kitchen website.

Copyright, 2011, Lisa A. Alzo

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Top Ten

Today is Thanksgiving, and here are ten things I am especially thankful for this year.

1. Good Health. It may sound cliché , but I'm always grateful to receive good news from my routine medical exams and tests.

2. The Best Husband. He puts up with my crazy schedule and supports my goals and dreams.

3. Family: My aunts, uncle and cousins. I love you all.

4. Fabulous Friends. So blessed to have you in my life.

5. A Writer's Life. It's so fulfilling to be able to make a living as a writer.

6. Freedom. Thanks to the men and women who sacrifice so much so that I can enjoy freedom.

7. My Slovak/Rusyn Heritage. Strong people. Big hearts.

8. A Home. It's not the building that counts, but the love contained within its walls.

9. Loving Parents. I miss them both very much but so grateful for the love they gave me and for how they raised me.

10. Determined Grandparents. For having the courage to get on the boats. I owe all the benefits I enjoy today to their decisions.

Wherever you are, enjoy your day and I hope you can take a few moments to list those things you are grateful for this year.

Copyright, 2011, Lisa A. Alzo