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I am searching my relatives of Bronks, New York. They are descendents of Marcello Sozio, he came from Lanciano, Abruzzo. I have not news of them.
Edoardo
Chieti, Italy Abruzzo

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Married into the ROMASCO family and searching for living relatives (especially in Italy). We believe husband's grandfather Joseph Romasco was born in 1889 in Manoppello in the Abruzzi region and immigrated to Greensburg, Pennsylvania in the early 1900's. He was married to Prosperine IEZZI born 1903. We know he had a brother named Frank who also settled in Pennsylvania. Any information you have on the ROMASCO/IEZZI families would be appreciated. Thank you.
Jennifer Romasco
Maryland USA

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Looking for information on relatives of my Grandfather, Domenico Federico D'EGIDIO from the town of Castelli. I am told that many of my relatives are still located there and that there is a connection with Castelli Pottery Works but need further information.
Florence D'Egidio
Brantford, Ontario Canada

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I am updating our family tree. I'm wondering if anyone is related or knows where I can get more information about the Santangelo families in San Valentino, Pescara, Abruzzo. Some of our relatives live there. I'm looking for information on life specifically in the mid 1800s in San Valentino too. You can email me at sdetoma at hawaii.com. Thanks for your help!
Aloha ... Sabrina :)
Sabrina

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Me chiamo Lina Maria Di loreto in Pucciarelli, bisogno informazione di mia famiglia abita in Lanciano, provincia di chietti. Mio nono Genaro Diloreto nato en lanciano.
E-mail:pucciarelli_omar at hotmail-dot-com
Lina Di Loreto
Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires Argentina

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Desidererei risalire agli antenati di Domenico Franceschelli di Santo, nato a Musellaro (Sulmona) nel 1855. Grazie
anna maria de campus
Cagliari , Italia Sardegna

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We are from Portland, Oregon and have been living in Pescara for the last 1 1/2 years. We originally came to find relatives and see the birth villages of my parents, Giuseppe Petrillo and Giuseppina Moscati.
We are returning home in September and are giving up our beautiful apartment in Pescara.
The apartment will be available after September 20. The owners are molto gentile and have been very accomodating.
If anywone is looking for a long term 2BR 2BA spacious and beautifully furnished apartment, contact me and I will put you in with the owners. ripet503 at YAHOOdotCOM
Richard and Karen Petrillo

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Hola: me llamo Alicia. Mis abuelos son de la Pcia. de Chietti, de un pueblo que se llama San Buono. Vinieron a este pais en el año 1912 o 1913. Quedaron parientes en Italia e incluso creo que hay en EEUU. Mi abuelo se llamaba Doménico Parente y mi abuela Nicolasa Di Nardo. Me gustaría contactarme con gente que descienda de inmigrantes y en su caso me encantaría encontrar parientes. Gracias.
Alicia
Chivilcoy, Buenos Aires Argentina

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Searching for Grandfather Musimenno (Max) DiMenna, died aroung 1920.
Joan Marie DiMenna
North Apollo, PA United States

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I was thrilled to find this website!! My father is Amadio Navarroli from Prezza. His father was Thomas Navarroli and mother Elizabeth Gentile Navarroli. Our family settled in Niagara Falls NY and I'd love to hear from other relatives.
Marie Kropp
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

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I have just spent two hours downloading and reading your site! Wonderful!
Here is my background: Anyone out there related?
URBANI Bernadette born 4 August 1953 Philadelphia PA USA, currently residing in Pittsburgh, PA USA; teacher/translator of Spanish & Italian
Father: URBANI Frank (Franco) born 20 February 1932 Philadelphia PA USA
Father's parents:
URBANI Domenico born 9 February 1884 in Basciano (TE) whose parents were URBANI Gaetano and BROCCOLINI Pasqua
DI ZOPITO Lorenzina born 17 January 1890 in Morlupo (Roma) but registered 2 February 1890 in Castel Castagna (TE) whose parents were DI ZOPITO Paolo and NICOLUCCI Maria

As far as I can tell, my grandparents arrived in Philadelphia, PA on the TAORMINA in May of 1911. My great grandfather Paolo DI ZOPITO arrived in 1901 on the Nord America.
I have seen DI ZOPITO spelled as Zupito, Supito, Zopito and DI ZAPITO!
Keep up the good work!
Bernadette URBANI
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA

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Hello,
I am Nancy Trippitelli and searching for the Trippitelli family. I have just begun this search and sincerely on a mission to locate my family here in the US and also in Italy or wherever the are presently living. My father came to America on Dec.7,1920 at the age of 17...His residence as recorded at Ellis Island is Caramanico, the providence of Abruzzo...If anyone has any information to assist me, please e-mail....thank you
Nancy Trippitelli
Tallahassee, Florida USA

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Soy integrante de la Sociedad Italiana L`america que desarrolla el primer CENSO DE ITALIANOS de la Republica Argentina que tiene como objetivo preservar y revalorizar la Italianidad, atendiendo a que el 51% de los argentinos descendemos de Italianos.
El censo es voluntario y gratuito y pueden censarse Italianos y descendientes. Invitamos a los abruzzeses de Argentina a contactarse a italiacenso at hotmail-dot-com y a censimento at hotmail-dot-com.
Vuestro site web es importante y muestra un panorama amplio de esa hermosa region italiana. Felicitaciones y gracias.
Rodolfo Omar Gianfelici
Ciudad de Santa Fe, Provincia de Santa Fe Republica Argentina

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I am very happy to have found this website. I was born in Fossacesia in the mid 60's and am very proud to be from Abruzzi. I would very much enjoy speaking with anyone who is from Fossacesia or has any knowledge of the origins of the name Pennetta, Grazzi e ciao.
Mario Pennetta
Alberta Canada

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Looking for any information I can find on Giuseppe Carrora -- my grandfather. Had a son (my uncle) same name -- changed to Johnny Dundee (the boxer). Johnny was born in 1893, My mother said her father and Johnny came to New Orleans -- Johnny went to New York/New Jersey to pursue his boxing. I've no idea who his mother was or if he ever married. My mother didn't know him. Grandfather Carrora died in New Orleans in 1935 (age 72). Johnny died in 1965 (age 72), My mom passed in May 1978 (age 72). Their other brother, James, also passed in 1965,as did my father. I have searched NO records -- my grandfather's name was changed to Caire. Can't find any ship records of their coming here. Thank you for any information you may be able to provide.
Regina Carrora-Tholmer
Inglewood, CA USA

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Soy hija de Julio Valente, nieta de Sebastian Valente e Isabel Preziosa, de Bisceglie -Prov.de Bari-Italia.Mis tios Maria Valente y Mauro Preziosa,llegaron a Argentina en el año 1920. en el barco Principe di Udine.
Es muy importante para mi, saber si allì en Bisceglie, se encuentran familiares.
Por favor, escriban al e-mail. Muchas gracias.
Mirta Valente
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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My mother maiden name was Pomilio [born in Archi] and we are at present doing research on that name and have gone back to the year 1690. Some of the names we come across a lot of the time is Spinelli,Troilo, Lannutti, Tesone, Sacredate, Labate, Carpineta, Carbonetti, Travaglini, Trotta, Cicchini, Porreca, Rielli, Di Carlantonio, Varrenti, Tirolli, Torelli, Massa, Bellomo, Galizia, Ferrante, Di Loreto, D' Eramo, Di Biase, D'Amelo and many others. Visit our family website
www.dellarocchetta.com
for lots of research sites and pictures of Abruzzo. At present we do not have a lot of previously mention names listed due to the fact we have not completed the research yet. However on our website on the Favourite Links Page there is a site called Global & Italian Surname Navigator. It will help you try it.
We also research the Della Rocchetta name from Lanciano, Mozzagrogna, Paglieta & Santa Maria Imbora
Steve Della Rocchetta
Sunnyvale, CA. USA

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Hi, I am searching for my grandparents's family, in Venafro.The surnames in this family, are,Angiolillo, Bruno,Grosso,Iannacone, and Mascio.
I would love to hear from this family.
Mickie Borradaile
Bensalem, Pa. USA

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Great site - thank you for creating it. Anyone have any information on the surname of CRUDALE - maybe from a town called Marrano Apia (not sure if spelled right). Looking for a Michelangelo or Angelo Crudale or Antonio Crudale.
Any info would be appreciated -
m. tiberi
Johnston, RI USA

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I am looking for any family members from the Campobasso region. My grandfather, Angelo DeSocio emigrated to the US in May 1902. He came from Campobasso and sailed from Naples. I am looking for any family still in the area. Thank you and I would love to meet you on my trip next summer.
Susan DeSocio
West Islip, New York USA

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Hi! I'm glad I found this website. I'm looking for a fluent native Italian speaker that could exchange e-letters in Italian becuase I am studying the language and want to become fluent. Is there anyone able? Please contact me with the E-mail below. Thanks!
Elishebah Israel
Baltimore, Maryland USA

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Comunicato Stampa
Nuovo sito- WWW.giuseppetontodonati.it - Abruzzo Cultura
Dai primi di Febbraio ’02 è stato ultimato il sito web www.giuseppetontodonati.it dedicato alla vita ed alle opere del poeta abruzzese Giuseppe Tontodonati (1917 – 1989). Poeta, autore di testi di famosi di canti popolari, esperto d’arti figurative e critico d’arte, Tontodonati è considerato uno dei principali protagonisti nella cultura abruzzese della seconda metà del secolo scorso. La sua opera omnia il “Canzoniere d’Abruzzo” è stata inserita all’interno della “Collana di Poeti Dialettali” dell’Università degli Studi dell’Aquila. Nel 1993 la Regione Abruzzo volle ricordarlo con la pubblicazione dal titolo “Poesie inedite di Giuseppe Tontodonati” a cura di Vittoriano Esposito. Visitare il suo sito è come immergersi nella grande cultura popolare abruzzese. I canti popolari sono su file audio.
Scheda Bio - Bibliografica
Giuseppe Tontodonati - Scafa/ San Valentino (PE) 02.02.1917 - Bologna 06.01.1989
Nel corso della sua vita Giuseppe Tontodonati ha pubblicato: "Storie paesane", sonetti abruzzesi con una prefazione di Antonio Rinaldi, ed . Azzoguidi, Bologna 1968; "Dommusè", ballata abruzzese con una nota di Giuseppe Rosato, Ed. Itinerari, Lanciano 1974; "Le scafe", edizione numerata della Casa Editrice "Stile", Bologna 1976; "Canzoni abruzzesi", (con musiche del maestro Giuseppe Di Pasquale), Solfanelli Editore, Chieti 1979; "Storie Paesane", Sonetti abruzzesi con prefazione di Italo Ghignone, 2° ed. in due vol. Ed. "La Regione", Pescara 1979; "Terra Lundane", Sonetti abruzzesi con prefazione di Italo Ghignone, Ed. "La Regione", Pescara 1980; foto di Carlo Di Venanzio ; "Sa' Mmalindine", Sonetti abruzzesi con prefazione di Umberto Russo, Ed. "La Regione", Pescara 1983; "Canzoniere d'Abruzzo", Sonetti ed altre rime, con prefazione di Vittoriano Esposito, Ed. "La Regione", Pescara 1986; "Rapsodia (Il Guerriero di Capestrano)", silloge in lingua, con una prefazione di Italo Ghignone, Ed. "La Regione", Pescara, 1982
Pubblicazioni postume:
Musicassetta “ 10 Canti della Valpescara “ Musiche del M° Giuseppe di Pasquale versi di Giueppe Tontodonati – Registrazione del Coro Valpescara diretto dal M° Di Pasquale
"Poesie inedite di Giuseppe Tontodonati", a cura di Vittoriano Esposito, Edito dalla Regione Abruzzo all’interno della “ Collana Studi Abruzzesi “ , L’Aquila 1993 –

Nella certezza che tutti gli studiosi ed appassionati della cultura abruzzese troveranno sul sito materiale per approfondire l’opera di Tontodonati, invito chi volesse saperne di più a contattarmi direttamente :
Raffaello Tontodonati
Bologna, Italia

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Mi chiamo Annarita ed abito in un paese della provincia di Chieti - Atessa -. Nonostante le intense ricerche effettuate non sono riuscita a trovar traccia del mio cognome - PINCHIORI - in nessun posto! Sembra che gli unici Pinchiori al mondo siano qui in Atessa (davvero pochi ad essere onesti) fatta eccezione per un fratello di mio padre che vive in Venezuela con i suoi due figli. Eppure il mio bisnonno emigrò in America all'inizio di questo secolo... possibile che non si sia creato un nuovo nucleo familiare laggiù, visto che non diede più notizie di sè? Cerco Pinchiori DISPERATAMENTE! Aiutatemi. Grazie.
Annarita Pinchiori
Atessa, Italia

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I am married to Romano Marcantonio who was born in Cansano in 1939. His mother is Colomba Guadagnoli and his father Domenico Marcantonio. We know that Domenico's family came from Pretore, CHIETI and we are looking for information on this branch of his family.
Rosa Marcantonio
Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico

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Trying to learn more about the Belpulsi families in San Martino in Pensilis prior to 1900. Any help or information appreciated!
Stephanie Walker
Port Republic, VA US

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My husband and I will be visiting Italy in the Fall of 2002. We are trying to locate a town --province--?????? called Sant'Ippolito (named after a Saint). Sant'Ippolito was/is located in Cosenza. My husbands family immigrated to the US in 1919. DeRosa (mother's maiden name) Fortino (fathers name). Mail was sent to
Angelina DeRosa N-9
S'Ippolito 87040
Prov. Cosenza, Italia -- up until 1981 when they immigrated to Canada.
If anyone knows of this town which we cannot locate, please contact iris at hvc.rr.com
LaVern Donato
Newburgh, N.Y. U. S. A.

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This is a fantastic website! You could become lost in here for hours on end. My father's family are from a "frazione" of Sulmona. It is called Le Marane, with his mother's family coming from Sant'Eufemia. Looking through the Genealogy listing of the municipalities, I noticed that Le Marane is not listed. Is this because the town is so small? Would like to make contact with anyone with family ties to Le Marane. I can trace my family tree only as far back as my father's grandparents (not doing too badly I suppose!)My maiden name is Centofanti.
Catherine Sonsini
Melbourne, Victoria Australia

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I am first generation Italian. I am trying to pass on to my kids the Italian culture. Nice website
Ron Quintiliani
Norwood, MA USA

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I am first generation Italian. I am trying to pass on to my kids the Italian culture to my kids. Nice website
Ron Quintiliani
Norwood, MA USA

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Sono di CASALBORDINO e colgo questa opportunità per salutare tutti gli abruzzesi, ed i casalesi in particolare, sparsi in ogni angolo del pianeta.
Io sono nipote di emigranti e posso capire il valore del vostro lavoro e del vostro sacrificio svolto in quelle lontane terre.
Tantissimi italiani, la mia famiglia compresa, dobbiamo il benessere e la prosperità raggiunta solo e grazie a voi.
Un abbraccio particolare voglio dare agli italiani d'Argentina e d'Uruguay, paesi dove mio nonno paterno andò a lavorare: in questo momento di grande difficoltà vi sono vicino!
Se avete piacere visitate il mio web-site.
Ciao.
VINCENZO SPALLANZANI
CASALBORDINO, Italy Abruzzo

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My mother is a Di Ninno, her parents are both from Corfinio: Pelino DiNinno and Carolina Fallavolita. On my grand-mpther's side, her father's name was Radeschi. Does anyone have any more info. on where did this name come from? (it dosen't sound italian).
Sarina
near Montreal, Canada

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I am looking for information about my grandfather Abramo Olivieri born in Ovindoli in 1894 (L'Aquila) or his father Francesco. Any information would be appreciated about the Olivieri's in this region. I believe Abramo also had a brother Fernando.
thanks,
Jack Olivieri
Norfolk, MA USA

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My father's name is Agostino Quaglia and he was born in Gagliano Aterno, Italy in the late 1800's. His father was Salvatore Quaglia and his mother was Mariuccia Olivieri and it is my understanding that Salvatore and Marriuccia were both born in Gagliano Aterno. But in my genealogy research I cannot find out anything about Salvatore Quaglia and Mariuccia Olivieri. Is it possible that there "just might be" someone out there who could help me. I thank you in advace.
Ronald Quaglia
Penticton, British Columbia Canada

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My grandfather (Luigi Boccanera) is from Montorio al Vermano, I do not know of any of his relatives because he came to Phila by himself and never spoke of his relatives.
My father knows even less...
Lisa Boccanera
Morton, PA USA

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I have traced my roots to Castel Castagua, Teramo, Abruzzo Region. My mothers side. Ggmother Candita Merlini Digiuseppe, her father Angelo, sisters Thersa Anna and Grazia. I am told One sister was left in Abruzzo, she did not want to come to the USA. She married Antonio Digiuseppe also from Castel Castagua. Candita left Italy 1905 to visit N Nicola her cousin in Phila, PA. I am courious about this relation I never knew of. Candita and Antonio settled in Wash DC having five children. I am the granddaughter of Midian the only one of the children born in Italy. They later resided til death in Maryland. I would appreciate any information concerning the Merlini or DiGiuseppe ancestry.
Thanks
Joann Bujarski
Waldorf, MD USA

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My son visited Vinchiaturo this past April. He took several pictures of the Iacampo House and Aloysius Iacampo gravesite in the church. I was wondering if someone could inform us who Aloysius was, why is he honored in the church, and if he was from the family that lived in the Iacampo house. We wondered also when the house was built and the lineage of Iacampos that lived in the house. Thanks.
Jeannie Iacampo Galick
Pennsburg, PA USA

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Would be interested how far anyone with the name of Fabianofrom Acquaviva/Roccaspinalveti has emigrated. Have started family tree.
elisabeth
stokesley, north yorkshire england

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Hello,

I have just begun researching my family's history. My grandfather was Guiseppe (Joseph) Battista and my grandmother was Mary Theresa Battista. My grandfather was born in 1877 and he came to the U.S.A. in the early 1900's. He made a living as a coal miner. My grandmother was born in 1878 and died in 1961. My grandfather arrived in Ellis Island and settled in Monongah, West Virginia.
They were from Casalciprano, Campobasso (I believe). Any info. would be greatly appreciated!
Maria Batiste Marshall
Fairmont, WV U.S.A.

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Hello! My name is Dave carmanico,I am looking for anybody that has the same family name or knows of someone with the same name in sicily Town Caramanico Terme. I am just starting out on my quest to find my heritage. Please respond to me by email.
Dave Carmanico
Calgary, Alberta Canada

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Born in Collarmele, AQ. grew up in the St. Clair & Caledonia district in the late fifties and early sixties. Moved to North York and continue to live in that area. Frequently visit Italy and try to make it to my home town whenever possible. I stay in touch with my cousins and look forward to a visit to Collarmele in the month of July at which time most of the "oriondis" gather and enjoy the religious festivities.
My family tree continues to grow and if your name is connected to my tree, I will gladly share the information. i.e., Aquila, D'Avolio,D'Agostino, Delfiacco,Palermo, Tagliola.
Anthony Cipriani
Toronto, Ontario Canada

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I went to Pacentro on a school trip. We stayed in Pacentro for a month, from July 1st to July 29th 2002. I went not knowing anyone in the group of 28 that I was traveling with. I honestly was sent by my mom to get a break for all my worries and problems. The first couple nights went by and I became more aquainted with the others from Canada. When we walked down the street it was like we were on a movie set. Every one was so friendly and made you feel welcome in their town. As the days passed we became busier with activities and school. Our teacher organized a hike up the mountain and lunch at Fontana Romana. That day was the most memorable day in my life. I know it sounds fictional but it's ture, I was hit with love at first sight. I met the most incredible man that day, a man that changed my life forever. After that sunday he introduced himslef one night while we were walking form piazza to piazza. After that night we were together everynight. The places he took me, the things we did and the people he introduced me to were incredible, he was amazing. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't be able to speak Italian the way I can now and I know he wouldn't be able to speak English as well as he can now. When my time in Pacentro came to an end I felt sick, I didnt want to leave, he made everything perfect. When we were saying goodbye he whispered something in my ear in Italian, and I will forget it! He also gave me something, something simple and small but with a great amount of memory inside. When I opened it on the bus as we made our way to Pescara, I couldn't hold back the tears because of what he wrote inside. When I read his words I realized I have to come back to Pacentro because I found the love of my life. I'm comming back for him and I cant wait. I will never forget that day at Fontana Romana when we first looked in eachothers eyes. Pacentro, you haven't seen the last of me. Canada's coming back, soon.
Jessica
Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada

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Hello I have just started looking for my fathers family .I have been told that they came from Filigano molise area. They came to The Croydon area in the late 1800s my great gran fathers name was pasquale VERRECHIA my great gran mothers name was maria frachitto [franchitto] - she was around 15years old when she left Italy for england - he was older as she did not speak very good english
I think that her maiden name was mis-spelt on my gran fathers birth certitcate and was possibly franchitto as this name is in the FILIGANO area .I would like to know if they had any brothers or sisters and if so did they stay in Italy . I am trying to find my great great gran parents names . please any information would be very helpful thanks
louisa stevens

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Ciao! I'm looking for any information you can give me about Luigi Montagna--where he was born, where he died, when he died, how I can get a birth and death certificates. I know that he lived in Rocca Pia because that's where my dad was born and lived until he was 17. I would also like any information you could provide about his wife, Maria Giammario. They are my grandparents who died before I was born. I would like to know them at least on paper. Thanks to anyone who can point me in the right direction.
Theresa MONTAGNA

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I'm searching for a girl from Pietra Ligure.
Name luisella. I met her in the seventies. Her girlfriend was Rita Lupetti and in that time on the adres Via genova 41. There was also a boy chico di capitani. I want to mail with luisella. her name was Di Trevesti ore Di silvestre.
keesjan de jong
Netherlands

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THANKYOU! Re: MARIANO and RICCIOTTI Descendants. I would like to make this public thankyou to the person responsible for connecting me to my family. Two days following my posting on the message board I received a successful reply.
May this serve to give hope to all of you who are searching for family past and present. Best wishes and buona fortuna. Perhaps our paths will cross.
Linda Houssaye nee RICCIOTTI<ghoussaye at vtown.com.au -->
Australia

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Hello...I'm looking for ancestors by the last name of CERRITO.....My great granfather and great great grandfather came in through Ellis island in 1909, both of thier names were Francesco Cerrito...They are both from Cefalu, Sicily...I've found about 251 CERRITOS listed that came in around the same time...Im related to 4 that I know of....I'm putting together a family tree..any help would be GREATLY appreciated
Angela Cherrito
Kansas city, MO USA

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Mi Bisabuelo Luigi Mancini, hijo de Pilade Mancini y Domenica Carullo nació en el año 1865 en Orsogna emigró cerca 1890 a argentina, quisiera contactarme con algun familiar descendiente de esta familia
gracias
carlos mancini
martinez, buenos aires argentina

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Dear Errico Di Fabio,
Thank-you for responding to my message. Any info you have about my grandfather and his relatives would be greatly appreciated. I have been researching his genealogy and found out that he came to the USA through Ellis Island 2 times in 1905 and 1910. He married Maria Antoinetta Di Filippo from Canosa Sannita. I don't know if they were married in Italy or in Malden, Massachusetts. Any info you have concerning this would be great. I was telling a friend of mine about your reply to my message and her parents know your parents. Their names are Lena and her late husband Armando Valente. Lena says "hi". I am close friends with her daughter Patricia who remembers you when you went to kindergarten at the Emerson School in Malden. I also went to the Emerson School many years before you and later was a fifth, fourth and second grade teacher there. Please feel free to e-mail me at anytime. I do not have a computer at home so I am e-mailing you from my classroom at school. I will be back at the end of August.
Ciao
Antoinette
Antoinette A. Marsinelli
Malden, Massachusetts USA