First a little about myself. I was born at Unity
Hospital in Brooklyn, NY and lived most of the early part of my life in
Ozone Park and Rosedale, Queens, NY. I moved
to the San Francisco, California (Petaluma)
area in 1970, where I have lived since. My mother, Calogera "Lillian" Sacco,
was 100% Sicilian. My father, James William Burton, was primarily of English
background. I attended Archbishop
Molloy High School in Briarwood, Queens NY. I
have five brothers and one sister -- I am the youngest. Most of my family
still resides in New York or Pennsylvania.
I have worked for the US
Postal Service since 1968, and currently work
in the Pacific Heights area of San Francisco (Marina
Station) on Route
2305 since 1980. Throughout my career, I have
been active in the National Association
of Letter Carriers at various levels of their
structure. I have been a Full-Time Local President (Golden
Gate Branch 214, San Francisco) and the Director
of Education for the California
State Association of Letter Carriers. As a National
Representative, I had one of the best records for advocacy at Arbitration
Hearings. In addition, I have edited our local union newspaper THE VOICE.
My wife, Catherine
Balestrieri Burton, and I enjoy our travels
throughout Europe, and usually visit our Sicilian Relatives at least once
every three (3) years. Her family comes primarily from Sant'Elia near Palermo,
and from Sant'Agata in Messina Province. If you "click" on her name, you
will go to her Home Page! Use the "Back" button on your browser to return
I became interested, and then engrossed, in genealogy
after my cousin Dolores Gillen started doing some serious digging into
our Sacco family tree. Much of the information that is currently in my
files (on Sacco) are the results of her efforts. I have been using a little
known but GREAT genealogy program called FAMILY
TREASURES for several years now. As a "spin-off"
to the genealogical research, I started a Sacco Family Newsletter, that
is currently mailed to virtually all known direct relatives in the USA.
My computer interest started with an Apple II.
I currently use (as of July 8, 1999) a "custom" Micro
Pro system with a Pentium III 500, 256 megs, ATI All-in-Wonder
128 video, DVD, V95 Optiquest 19" Monitor, etc. My back-up and second system
is my old Quantex
Pentium 100 computer system. I also use a Mustek
8000SP flatbed color scanner, and a Lexmark
4029 laser printer for most of my work. I also have an HP 693c Color Inkjet,
and a Cambridge SoundWorks' "MICROWORKS" speaker system (it sounds better
than my Home Stereo system!). I have published various other newsletters,
Menus, publications etc. over the years, while expanding the computer equipment
at my disposal. I am currently the Webmaster for the California
State Association of Letter Carriers (CSALC)
and Golden Gate Branch 214
(NALC). In addition, I am also the Webmaster for the Sonoma
County Genealogical Society.
The "Western Labor
Press Association" awarded me their Second
Place Award "For outstanding achievement in the field of labor journalism
in the category of 'Best Series... for calendar
year 1996'." The award was for my first three
articles on "Computers and the NALC" I have also been awarded their Third
Place Award for 1997!
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My Postal Route
Genealogy - My family
of Family and Friends
NALC (National Association of Letter
Sicilian History, Travel, Language,
General Genealogical Links,my
SCGS link page!
I have updated my Genealogical Database
(May 31, 1999).
to view/search my entire Family Tree!
Comments and suggestions are always welcome!!!
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