February 2000 Guestbook

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Tue, 29 Feb 2000 22:21:14 -0600

I am reseaching my dad's family, his name - Mario Ciafardone his Father - Gaetano - his mother - Rubena Di Luigi. Do you have any knowledge of his family line? I have a copy of his birth certificate fom the Comune Di Pescara. Any information would be appreciated.
Rita Vernacchio

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My grandparents come from Villa Santa Maria and most of my relatives. A beautiful town with beautiful people.
Long Beach, NYUSA

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My ancestors lived in Guardiagrele, Gessopalena and Gissi. I found a wonderful web page about Gessopalena at: http://majella.8m.com/ It includes the history of Gessopalena and many pictures of the town. The surnames I am researching are: DiCrescenzo, Scioli, Zulli, DellaValle Sirolli, Troilo, DiGregorio, Italiano, Lanutti, Salomone, DiLullo, Scamuffa, DiPasquale, D'Alessandro, DiTieri, Gaspari, Spaduccini, Mattia, Basilico, Orlando, Colasante, DiPrinzio, Mastracola, D'Angelo and Tondi. This is a wonderful website. I visit often.
Carol Weston
Hopewell, NJ USA

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This site keeps getting better! According to our family tree our last name was changed from di Francesco to Lepore around the early 1800's. Does anyone have a clue why this would happen. Was there a war, earthquake or other event that could have killed the parents and the children were taken in by another family and changed the name? Keep up the great work Abruzzo2000. Ciao
Ben Lepore, Jr.
York, PA USA

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I am trying to trace my family roots. My father was born in Calascio, L'Aquilla Providince June ,1900. My grandfathers name is Marco Iocca.It seem that they were close to a place called La Roca. I've enjoy this site very much. Thank you.
Donald Tulio Iocca
Davis, California USA

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I'm trying to trace my family roots. My father was born in Calascio June of 1900. My grandfarhers name is Marco Iocca. I've enjoyed this site very much. There is a wealth of information here. Thank your for the oppertunity to learn sonething about my family.
Donald Tulio Iocca
Davis, California USA

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My father's family is from the Region of Abruzzi. My grandfather was from the Province of Teramo and my grandmother from the province of Chieti. Their towns were, Castiglione Messer Raimondo and Gessopalena. My grandfather's last name was Barlaam and my grandmother's last name was Melchiorre (her maiden name wsa Durrazio - but I'm not sure of the spelling. I'm very much intereted in finding any relatives from Abbruzzi that may still be there. Please respond if these names are familiar to you. Thank you so much.
Sophie Ann May
Millville, NJ USA

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Searching for Lombardi's, Coia's, Rischitelli's, DiDonato's from Tocco da Casauria.
Aimee Lombardi (Houston)

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For all the Palenese, there is a site for a Book about Palena the history of the past 100 years, there are many pictures from 1900 to the Present. The Website is HTTP://WEB.TISCALINET.IT/PALENA_MEMORY - Per Tutti Palenesi if you try to go the the Link the P in Palena must be a Capital
Joe Ascenzo
Livingston, NJ USA

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Ciao a tutti i Lancianesi nel mondo!
Mirna Santoleri

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I am interested in discovering more information on my relatives from Torricella Peligna.
The family names are Piccoli and Tato. Maria PICCOLI immigrated to the United States
in 1897 with her husband Nicholas TATO who changed his name to TATE in the U.S.
They were both from Torricela Peligna and I would love to find any distant relatives
and continue my family tree. They settled in Pennsylvania.
Amy Lucas
Dublin, CA

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In the wee hours of the morning, I find my thoughts wandering to Abruzzo... and my next trip there. Is there anyone in Ateleta, Pescocostanzo or Castel di Sangro on-line who speaks English? Please contact me!
Suburban Philadelphia, PA USA

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I was born in Spoltore, Italy. I returned to Italy after 27 years and brought my children along with me. I was able to show them where I grew up and they met many relatives. They enjoyed it so much that they are returning to Italy this year. Great Web Page Arrivederci.
AnnaMaria Scurti
Annapolis, MD USA

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Born in Prezza 1960. Immigrated to USA in 1966 but have returned several times. Wife's family also from Prezza and we still have many relatives there and in Italy. Will correspond with others.
boston, ma USA

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Segnalo sito con informazioni video e web cam sull'Abruzzo.

I want to inform about our site www.canaleweb.net vdeo on demand and webcam Abruzzo
Castellalto TE, Abruzzo Italia

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My paternal ancestors are from region of Abruzzo, Province of L'Aquila, village of Ripa (Fagnano Alto).
My maternal ancestors are from the region of Abruzzo, Province of Teramo, Roseto degli Abruzzo (formerly Rosburgo), village of Montepagano. I have made great progress on both paternal and maternal genealogy; and, I am nearly done with all the essential information I want while going a little beyond the immediate ancestors. Eventually, I want to set up a website. Only recently, I received a telephone call from someone I never knew, nor met, who thought we were related. Yes we were related. One of my maternal uncles is his grandfather. He is living in Port Orford, OR where he settled after 28 years in the Air Force. He has a website: www.francona.com
Anthony Domenic Crisi
Salem, Oregon USA

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Ottima idea realizzare un sito sulla nostra regione in cui persone che hanno perso i contatti con la propria terra di origine possano ritrovare le proprie radici e tradizioni. Congratulazioni per l'iniziativa.
Francesca Porreca De Cecco
Pescara, Italia Abruzzo

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My maternal grandfather was Valentino Raniero Muscella, born Terano Nuova in 1891, emigrated to Philadelphia about 1910.
Bill Long
Crofton, MarylandUSA

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My Father is from Abruzzo and I would like to know more about his childhood
Joan A. Santoli
Phoenix, Az USA

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I was born in Steubenville, Ohio. My family is from Spoltore, Italy. I am looking for my family in Italy with the last name De Leonardis. If anyone else reading this is also looking for our family please e-mail me or call me at 865-688-4509 or 865-679-2230. This is a great web page. Thank you for creating it.
Todd De Leonardis
Knoxville, TN USA

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Very happy to see this site. Ateleta, is the birthplace of my parents Antonio and Maria (Mannella) Ricci. A very lovely and sentimental place to visit and enjoy!
Robert R. Ricci
Downingtown, PA USA

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looking for family in celano italy
Marcia Iezzi

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Forza Teramo
Michael Scuello
Brooklyn, New York USA

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The guestbook is a great idea. I've been researching my family tree for some time now and would appreciate hearing from anyone who is related to me via my father (Louis DeVincentis), who was born in Roccocaramanico and immigrated to the States when he was 11. His relatives include the surnames of Dinello (variant spelling) and Troia. The name DeVincentis has variant spellings as well, and the DeVincentis family is also in Australia. I am also looking for Bonannos from Sicily.
Nan DeVincentis Hayes, Ph.D
Salisbury, MD USA

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I have been visiting the Abruzzo website for some time now and I love it. Would love to hear from anyone with information regarding the Falcone families from Colledimacina. This was my mother's maiden name. Rita Cavicchia Arrowood, Rarro57202 at aol-dot-com
Rita Cavicchia Arrowood
Temple Terrace, Florida USA

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Ciao, I would like to say hello to all my fellow Ateletesi. I would like to also salute my brother the mayor of Ateleta. Ciao!!
Claudio Lucente
Toronto, Ontario Canada

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Vorrei vedere una cartina di percara nel sito, con tutte le vie ecc .. Appro , il sito è molto carino !
Vitória, ES Brasile

14 Feb 2000 19:21:34 -0600

Saluti a tutti i paesani.
Saverio Silveri
North Bay, ont Canada

14 Feb 2000 14:05:51 -0600

Place: Schiavi Surnames: Cianci, Giavanucci. specifically, looking for anyone related to Severino Giavanucci, Rigoletta Giavanucci, Donato Cianci
chrisitne cianci
S. San Francisco, CA USA

13 Feb 2000 21:46:14 -0600

To many pages were inaccesible
Agostino Di Pietro
Windsor, Ontario Canada

13 Feb 2000 18:54:21 -0600

Would like to be able to find my relatives from Abbruzzi. There name is Frascarelli.
Anne Wirth
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA

13 Feb 2000 09:30:28 -0600


Sat, 12 Feb 2000 20:10:49 -0600

I was supprised to see a web page for the area of Castelvecchio Subequo--my wifes family lives there and it was really neat to see we may be able to get some information from the area of my mother-in-laws birth---she has family there --we will call them and let them know we found their web page--BUT they need to get some info on it! Be back soon!
Mark E. Torbik
Wilkes-Barre, Pa. USA

Fri, 11 Feb 2000 12:18:12 -0600

My wife ANNAMARIA TURINO would like to hear from LINDA PIETROCOLA who they whent to school together in VASTO from grade 1 to 3 and they were also sitted next to each other and they share the same birthday June 24/1948, But round the year 1960 the PIETROCOLA'S family immigrated to the U.S. and they never seen or heard each other again, LINDA might be married and maybe using a different name now, But me wife seems to remember that she also had an older brother by name FILIPPO PIETROCOLA, If anyone knows of Linda, We will greatly appreciate if she is told that ANNAMARIA would like to hear from her
D'Amato Tony
Maple, Ont CANADA

Wed, 09 Feb 2000 22:52:28 -0600

Looking for Santilli family in Castelvecchio Subequo.
John Pendel
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Tue, 08 Feb 2000 18:08:17 -0600

Richard Salerni

Mon, 07 Feb 2000 19:32:53 -0600

Congratulations on a wonderful web site ! My paternal grandfather was born in Ateleta I would love to hear from anyone with information about Atleta
Robert J. Colaizzi

Mon, 07 Feb 2000 17:20:44 -0600

Hola:Os escribo desde Barcelona. He descubierto que un antepasado mío procede de Canzano en Abruzzi. Era Nicola di Donato que se instaló en Tarragona, casándose allí en 1655 !!
Era artillero y supongo que entró en Tarragona con las tropas de Castilla que ocuparon Catalunya en la llamada Guerra dels Segadors, de la que procede el actual himno catalán. Este antepasado, era hijo de Pietro di Donato y Maria, supongo que del propio Canzano, en aquella época Regno di Napoli.
Me gustaría contactar con cualquier persona con el apellido "di Donato", pues sé que en varias poblaciones de Abruzzi aun existe ese apellido.Además os felicito por toda la información de vuestra pagina web que es realmente fantástica. Felicidades.
Ciao amici !!!
Juan Manuel Antem
Barcelona, Spain

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I am just starting to look into my family's history, and this was a great place to start. My grandfather (same name)came to the US from Prezza. My next stop is Marianopoli in Sicily where my Grandmother emigrated from.
Rudolph Faiella
Weymouth, MA USA

Sun, 06 Feb 2000 19:27:45 -0600

Great website! It is nice to see so many people who have an interest in a region of Italy where I was born.
Dino Amoroso
Lynbrook, New York United States

Sun, 06 Feb 2000 13:31:22 -0600

excellent web site
Ronald L. Chiarilli
Buffalo, New York USA

Sun, 06 Feb 2000 09:06:22 -0600

he tenido la oportunidad de consultar esta pagina y me parecio sumamente interesante. Mi interes se basa en la busqueda de mis generaciones anteriores. DESEO CONECTARSE O SABER DE FAMILIARES QUE LLEVEN EL APELLIDO TORELLI (POR MI MADRE QUE NACIO EN PALENA Y SU NOMBRE JULIA MARIA TORELLI
angelica maria campana
victoria, buenos aires argentina

Saturday, February 05, 2000 at 18:26:44 (CST)

My Grandmother was from santo stefano. Her maiden name was Tatone and her mothers name was Leone. I am coming to Italy in April and can not wait. It would be wonderful to meet some distant relatives.
Lora (Petrillo) Transue
Jeannette, pa USA

Saturday, February 05, 2000 at 17:05:32 (CST)

For many years, I have always wanted to visit a small city in Australia which had World War II Italian POW camps. Last year I travelled to Cowra, Australia to visit such a camp. Many Italian soldiers who fought and were taken prisoners in Tobruck and other North American Campaign's were later shipped by boat (Queen Mary), to camps in India and Australia. The camps in Australia were well kept and many fond stories of Italian POW's were told over the years. There have been books printed also.

There is a documentary currently being shot in Australia on the "Italian Farming Soldiers", as they were called because they tended to Australian farming lands due to the scarcity of humans to manage their properties. Alot of the stories in the camps made the mini series of "Hogans Heroes" look pale in comparison. There are also archived photos in a military museum of many!!! italian ex-POW's in ausrtalia. I urge anyone with information to contact me asap!!! email me or call me 705-256-8946. I'm in Canada. The local newspaper has already done two stories on my trip in 1998. The story is exciting and shows the true love of life the Italian POW's had in the camps. The documentary is currently being produced by ABC's affiliate in Australia!!!!

I hope anyone with any interest emails me or contacts me. Thanks.... Mario : Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada
Mario Disano
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada

Saturday, February 05, 2000 at 13:14:44 (CST)

Very interesting website, could you include a list of the local inhabitants and if they are interested in being contacted by possible ancestors from across the ocean.
Masciangelo, Thomas
Pasadena, Texas USA

Fri, 04 Feb 2000 13:00:18 -0600

I think it's great that people from Abruzzo have chance to read up on the important facts of their hometown. I am a Palozzi and my father was born In Villavallelonga.
Daniela Palozzi
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Fri, 04 Feb 2000 09:41:09 -0600

Travelling to Lettopalena in March...looking for more info...great site!
Joe Tedesco
Washington, DC USA

Thu, 03 Feb 2000 19:40:41 -0600

Last year I went to Nocciano the place of my father's birth
Louis J. DiRupo
Punta Gorda, Florida 33983 U.S.A.

Wed, 02 Feb 2000 12:45:42 -0600

Ottimo lavoro, complimenti
Oscar Moretti
Spoltore (PE), Italia Abruzzo

Tue, 01 Feb 2000 16:33:45 -0600

I think this is the best website for Italy. I am doing research for a trip I plan to make at the end of the year. I will be back on line to check more.
Linda Davis Bay
Corpus Christi, Texas USA

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