Delta residents with Italian roots will enjoy new book

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 17, 2004

An interesting new Mississippi book is on the horizon and should be rolling off the presses in early March. Those of you with Italian roots should take note!

&uot;The Delta Italians: Their Pursuit of ‘The Better Life’ and Their Struggle Against Mosquitoes, Floods and Prejudice,&uot; whose title alone speaks volumes, was authored by Paul V. Canonici, a native of Shaw, Miss., and the son of Italian immigrants.

The book is a colorful compilation of stories and experiences of the early Italian settlers in the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta.

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Mr. Canonici is publishing the work himself through his company, Calo’ Creative Designs, Inc. The book is being printed by Bookmasters in Ohio and should be ready for distribution by early March.

The Delta Italians is a 300 paged hardback with jacket and contains almost 250 pictures. It is being offered at a preprinting price of $39.95 plus $3.30 tax. After March 1, the book will sell for $49.95 plus tax.

The book can be mailed for an additional $5 shipping and if more than one copy is ordered to the same address, the shipping and handling will be $5 for the first book and $1 for each additional copy.

To order, send your name, address and telephone number along with a check payable to Calo’ Creative Designs, Inc. to Calo’ Creative Designs, Inc., PO Box 2207, Madison, MS 39130. The canceled check will serve as a receipt.

To order the book as a gift, send the name and address of the recipient and a card stating the book is being sent as a gift will be mailed to the recipient with the actual mailing date included.

So take advantage of the prepublication prices and place your order now. We look forward to reading Mr. Canonici’s work.

It’s still not too late to register for the Mississippi Genealogical Society and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s annual Genealogical Seminar which is scheduled for Jan. 17 at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center in Jackson. Barbara Vines Little, CG, will be the featured speaker.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. for vendors’ booths and registration.

Workshops will begin at 9 and conclude at 4 p.m. The Seminar Registration fee is $39 and the luncheon will be an additional $16.50.

To register send your check payable to the Mississippi Genealogical Society to MGS, PO Box 5301, Jackson, MS 39296. Walk-ins for the seminar are welcome, but luncheon reservations must be made in advance.


… Truman Adkins (Fieldale, Henry County, Virginia,

) is looking for information on ISHAM W. PERKINS (1900-1976) who was originally from Tennessee and lived in Washington, DC from 1926 to 1976. He is said to have had a mother and other relatives living in Natchez during the depression of the 1930s. Does any reader have information about this family to share?

Please send your announcements and queries to FAMILY TREES, 900 Main Street, Natchez, MS 39120 or email to

. All queries printed free of charge. We look forward to hearing from you!