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Monday, February 28, 2005 at 06:21:03 (CST)

I am researching my paternal great grandfather whose name was Agostino De Luca of San Vito Chietino, in the province of Chieti. He was born c.1879 and married to Maria Veri (5 children) in Italy. He entered the US on several occassions in the early 1900s'where he worked in the coal mines of Saltzburg Pennsylvania and we believe he may have had another family with 3 children. I would love to hear from anyone who may know of him or his US family.
Claudia Veri
Adelaide, South Australia

Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 20:14:04 (CST)

I am searching for anyone left in my Grandfather's family.
His name was Louis D'Angelo. His father was Gerald D'Angelo and Gerald married an "Elizabeth Sabatino" when she was 16 in Brooklyn N.Y., USA, they had 6 or 7 children and my Grandfather, Louis was the oldest. They owned a restaurant. My Grandfather married "Anne Terris" and he came back to the village outside of Naples to visit his uncle, who was his father's brother twice. He came back once with his wife and daughter and son in law and once alone. This visit was the highlight of his life. I want to visit as well, but everyone in my family has lost track of names and addresses- Anyone have any ideas or information?
Anne Millar
Carlisle, AR USA

Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 12:07:21 (CST)

I am looking for any relatives of the Colameco family name.
I would love to visit the Villa of St Lucia. I have found different spellings from Colameca or Colamecco.
Thank you for any information you can share.
Judy Shaughnessy
Taunton, MA USA

Saturday, February 26, 2005 at 12:09:19 (CST)

Both of my parents were born in Italy: Do any of these names sound familiar?
Maria DeSanctis Compobasso, Molise
Cesare G. Ricciardi Pescara, Abbruzzi
Grandparents: Prof. Carlo DeSanctis Compobasso
Columbine Caruso, Compobasso
Pasquale Ricciardi Castellemara
Philemana Baldasarri
Giuseppi Caruso Rome
Mario P. Ricciardi
Collegeville, Pa. USA

Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at 12:51:20 (CST)

Currently seeking info on DePaola from Flumeri,Avellino. Cianciarulo, Curcio & Logiovine from Marsicovetere, Basilicata. Cefaratti Tamburri from Jelsi, Abruzzi &/or Naples, Campobasso. Check out my website for over more surnames.
Tracing the Family's Footsteps
Sewell, NJ USA

Monday, February 21, 2005 at 12:43:21 (CST)

I've been doing my family tree for about 5 years now, and just have the basics so far. My Great-Grandfather was Pasquali Giacondini born 10-14-1879 to Nicholas and Maria Lucerelli Giacondini. My Great-Grandmother was Filomina Totaro. They came to Ellis Island June 23, 1905 from Castelevetere,Italy. The Ship was called Sardegna and they departed from Naples, Campania, Italy. They went to Elkland Pennsylvnia (USA). I would Love to Know If I have Family in Italy. Any Info would be great!!!
Kristen Feltz
Romeo, Michigan USA

Monday, February 21, 2005 at 09:19:36 (CST)


Wednesday, February 16, 2005 at 15:02:23 (CST)

I am research the families; D'Epifanio and Tonti. D'Epifanios were from Loreto Aprutino and Tonti from Forli del Sanio.
If you have any information, please contact me.
Thank you,
Nadine Sebastian
Rochester Hills, Michigan USA

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at 17:00:45 (CST)

Hi my name is fabio laurentino I'm looking for information about my granfather. His name is josep laurentino he's from Italy and immigrate to Brazil early 1900 thanks for any help
fabio laurentino
london, england

Monday, February 14, 2005 at 21:34:57 (CST)

I am researching my husband's Chiaverini family who came from Palena. His great=grandfather Sisto Chiaverini left Palena about 1915 or so. Sisto's parents were Luigi Chiaverini and Magdalena Cacchione. He left about 12 siblings in Palena and I would love to connect with somem of them. Also, two of his brothers (Andy and Jim) came with him and supposedly settled in McKeesport, PA. I saw a posting by a Michael Chiaverini in McKeesport, PA but he did not leave an email address - please respond to me so that we can see if you are related to my husband.
Carolyn Cheverine
Shaker Heights, Ohio United States

Monday, February 14, 2005 at 13:12:53 (CST)

Hello, I am looking for any relatives of mine who live in civitella messer raimondo. My grandfather was Michele Masciantonio who left there at the age of 16 in 1921 to come to America. He was on the ship called the "Canada". He left behind his parents and 2 brothers and 2 sisters. I know his fathers name was Angelo Masciantonio who died from mustard gas that he was exposed to in WWI. He had a brother named Francesco and a sister who was blind. He also had one brother that left Civitella and went to Argentina. I have many old pictures of his family but nothing written on the backs of them to tell me who they were. My grandfather settle in Jeannette, Pennsylvania with cousins. He met my grandmother Lillian Marcenelli and they had one daughter name Jean who is my mother. Both my grandparents have passed on many years ago and my mother doesnt remember any other names of my grandfathers siblings. In 1970's my grandparents visited family there so I know there has to be someone that can give me any information about his life/siblings/cousins. I am very interested in finding my heritage and would love to visit there some day soon.
Any response would be greatly appreciated.
connie roland
white oak, pennsylvania united states

Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 22:50:14 (CST)

I am looking for my family: FILIPONI. They came from Mosciano S. Angelo. My great-grandfathers name was Domenico. My great-grandmother's name was Lucia Di Stefano. They both came to Amercia. Domenico came in 1920 and Lucia and their two children came in 1921. Their daughters names are Scolastica (5 years) and Concetta (8 months). They both still had family when they left but never kept in contact. I am also looking for Ilario and Biago COCCIA. They also came to Amercia. Ilario came through Canada. They left inthe early 1900's around 1907. These men were brothers. They had more brotheres and sisters but never kept in touch. I am looking for more information on both families. Ilario COCCIA married Scolastica Filiponi. Any they have two sons. Samuel and Larry. I am Sams daughther Kelly. I am trying to reasearch my history. If you should have any information please e-mail me.
Kelly Coccia-Stanczak
McKeesport, Pa USA

Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 13:02:47 (CST)

Looking for relatives in Collebrincioni.. contact me at NAN5371 at AOL.com
Ugo Nanni
Batavia , New York USA

Friday, February 11, 2005 at 21:05:28 (CST)

ciao, io sono amica di giorgio carullo - sono stata in italia nell anno 1993 - mi ricorda? io bisogno parlare con giorgio ma no lo trovo mai alla sua casa.
bacelona, spain

Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 01:46:50 (CST)

Francesca Darima's story begins at the old San Giovanni Hospital in Rome where she was born on November 11TH 1934. Many years ago there was a ward in that hospital called "Le Celate", it was exclusively for women who wanted to remain anonymous, some times giving birth with their faces completely covered. Many newborn babies were left there after they were born as it happened to Francesca. "Le Celate" or (women who have decided to conceal their faces for their own personal reasons), belonged to the upper middle-class of Rome. Their pregnancies were sometimes the result of relatioships with highranking fascists or influential persons of the upper middle-class.

Mrs Darima has never agreed to be adopted; she hasn’t given up her hope to find her real mother.
She spent the first days of her life in an orphanage in Rome; later she was given to a wet nurse from Ripi, a small village near Frosinone. It is there where two men often went to meet Francesca, one of them was old and the other one a bit younger, and they always gave he many gifts; until one day those men took her to a villa to introduce her to the woman who gave birth to her.
Francesca Darima remembers she had to wait in vain for a long time in a circular vault room with frescos representing two angels and some roses.

While Francesca D. was going to San Francesco Neri School in Rome, she remembers another strange episode that occurred during a mass celebrated at Sant’Andrea della Valle: a veiled woman approached her and asked her if she had taken communion, aftewards that woman gave her a red banknote.

Anyway, for all her life she has wanted to bring to light the secret behind her birth to meet the woman who decided the 11th of November 1934 to leave her.

At the orphanage in Rome, there is a letter written by Francesca’s real mother, but there is no law in Italy that allows her to have it. All attemps and reserch done so far have always been halted when they have been close to the truth. The only information about this letter is that two initials are on the envelope: C.P.

Francesca D., prepared a plea for her mother using these words:

Mrs C.P., who on November 11th 1934 at 3:23 gave birth to a girl at S. Giovanni Hospital, I beg you: don’t turn your back on me , don’t deny me the right to know my own identity. Don’t go in front of God without giving justice to your daughter, because there no excuse is granted.I saw many people die, and even the tougher ones have been redeemed; now I pray to God not to let you die and to redeem yourself.

“I could not be told my mother’s name because she is still alive. I know she is 93 years old, she is a cloistered nun who lived in a comvent in northern Italy. She has people call her Sister Marianna . What I care about now is to find her”.

Francesca D’s. search is missing one small piece: meeting her mother.
The secret of her identity is still hidden in a letter sealed with the initials C.P. on it kept in the orphanage in Rome. Yet the law does not let her know its contents.Recent dicoveries in her search allowed her to reconstruct her mother’s life . She originally came from a village in lower Cioceria and in 1934 was a novice waiting to take her final vows. Francesca was born after an affair with a roman prince now dead. After giving birth to her daughter and refusing to recognize her the woman entered in a convent under the name of sister Marianna. According to Francesca D’s information, now she lives in a convent in Valle d’Aosta, whose nuns however deny it.

To have to send out this message; is a shame. Now she has finally found her mother, but the nuns don’t want her to meet her.

Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 01:45:07 (CST)

La storia di Francesca Darima comincia nel vecchio ospedale San Giovanni di Roma dove è nata l'11 novembre del 1934. Molti anni fa all'interno dell'ospedale c'era un reparto, chiamato 'le Celate', riservato alle donne che volevano restare nell'anonimato, a volte partorendo anche con il volto coperto. Molti dei neonati venivano poi lasciati nello stesso ospedale, come è accaduto a Francesca. Le 'celate' erano soprattutto donne che appartenevano alla borghesia romana. Le loro gravidanze erano talvolta il frutto di relazioni con gerarchi fascisti o comunque con persone di ceti altolocati.
La signora Darima non ha mai accettato alcuna proposta di adozione, non abbandonando mai la speranza di poter ritrovare la vera madre. Dopo aver trascorso i primi giorni di vita al brefotrofio di Roma, fu affidata ad una balia di Ripi, un paese in provincia di Frosinone. E' qui che andavano spesso a trovarla due signori, uno anziano e l'altro un po' più giovane, portandole molti regali. Finché un giorno queste stesse persone la condussero in una villa per farle conoscere finalmente la donna che l'aveva messa al mondo. Francesca Darima ricorda però di aver aspettato invano in una stanza con la volta circolare e con degli affreschi raffiguranti due angeli e delle rose.
In seguito, mentre frequentava il collegio San Filippo Neri di Roma, la donna ricorda un altro strano episodio accaduto durante una messa celebrata a Sant'Andrea della Valle: una donna dal volto coperto le si avvicinò chiedendole se avesse fatto la comunione, e poi le regalò una banconota rossa.
Ma, per tutta la vita, il suo pensiero costante è sempre rimasto quello di potere svelare un giorno il segreto che sta dietro alla sua nascita e conoscere la persona che l'11 novembre del '34 decise per qualche motivo di separarsi da lei.
Presso il brefotrofio di Roma esiste una lettera scritta dalla vera madre di Francesca, ma in Italia nessuna legge le consente di venirne in possesso. Tutti i tentativi e le ricerche condotte fino ad ora sono sempre state bloccate proprio quando si era vicini alla verità. L'unica notizia su questa misteriosa lettera è che sulla busta ci sono due iniziali: 'C. P.'
Francesca Darima ha preparato un appello, rivolgendosi alla madre con queste parole:
"Signora C. P. che l'11 novembre, alle ore 3,23 minuti deste alla luce una bambina all'ospedale San Giovanni vi prego, non andatevene, non negatemi il diritto di sapere la mia identità. Non andate avanti al giudizio di Dio senza aver dato giustizia a vostra figlia, perché lì non si concedono attenuanti. Ho visto morire tante persone, anche i più duri si sono ravveduti e ora prego Dio di non farvi morire, di ravvedervi..."
"Di mia madre non mi hanno potuto dire il nome, perché è ancora viva. So che ha 85/90 anni, è una suora di clausura e vive in un convento del nord. Si fa chiamare suor Marianna, Adesso quello che mi interessa è ritrovarla".
Alla ricerca di Francesca Darima manca l'ultimo tassello: incontrare la madre. Il segreto della sua identità è tuttora nascosto in una lettera sigillata con sopra le iniziali "C. P.", conservata nel brefotrofio in cui Francesca Darima è vissuta a Roma. Nessuna legge, però, le consente di conoscerne il contenuto. I progressi recenti delle sue ricerche le hanno consentito una ricostruzione della vita della madre. Sarebbe originaria di un paese della bassa Ciociaria e, nel 1934, sarebbe stata una novizia in attesa di prendere i voti. Francesca sarebbe nata da una sua relazione con un principe romano, ormai deceduto. Dopo aver partorito senza riconoscere la bambina, la donna sarebbe entrata in un convento di clausura col nome di suor Marianna. Dalle informazioni in possesso di Francesca Darima oggi si troverebbe in un convento della Valle d'Aosta le cui suore, però, smentiscono.


Le Celate e’ un romanzo autobiografico di una donna tenace e coraggiosa che ha lottato tutta la vita per darsi un’identita’.L’autrice ripercorre con chiarezza le tappe della sua esistenza partendo dalla nascita fino ai nostri giorni. Nasce in un particolarissimo reparto della maternità dell’Ospedale S. Giovanni a Roma, del Vaticano, dove partorivano nell’anonimato nobildonne e suore, col volto coperto. Il reparto “dei Misteri” veniva appunto chiamato “Le Celate”. Li Francesca viene alla luce e lì è abbandonata. Passa alcuni giorni al brefotrofio di Roma poi è affidata ad una balia di Ripi in provincia di Frosinone. Cominciarono poi continui spostamenti e un’estenuante lotta per conoscere le sue origini. Nel suo cammino di verità, accompagnata da una sola medaglia al collo con su scritto “Pio Istituto Santo Spirito di Roma Darima Francesca N.N: n. 34710, ha svelato a se stessa e al mondo la sua vera storia, balzata alle cronache nazionali grazie all’interessamento di Corrado Augias e della trasmissione “Chi l’ha visto?”. Francesca è la figlia di una relazione extramatrimoniale tra Marcantonio Colonna, principe romano ormai defunto, e una giovane suora. La giovane suora, ormai molto anziana, vive in un convento del nord Italia, ma Francesca non è ancora riuscita ad incontrarla, a causa dell’ostracismo assurdo del Vaticano. Nel romanzo si incontreranno vari episodi-scandalo dai quali sia la nobiltà nera romana che il clero cattolico ne escono in pessima luce.


Saturday, February 05, 2005 at 10:05:40 (CST)

Consiglio il sito www.ildibattito.it per una breve storia dell'emigrazione dalla Lessinia Veronese.
raffaello canteri

Friday, February 04, 2005 at 20:32:28 (CST)

this is to update my email address. i would to hear from anyone from casalbordino or screni who my know about my mother (she was from casalbordino )my father my have been from scerni. thanks
angelo d'ortona
holiday, florida united states

Friday, February 04, 2005 at 20:32:11 (CST)

this is to update my email address. i would to hear from anyone from casalbordino or screni who my know about my mother (she was from casalbordino )my father my have been from scerni. thanks
angelo d'ortona
holiday, florida united states

Friday, February 04, 2005 at 19:21:14 (CST)

mumu anomun a aa
lagos, niger

Friday, February 04, 2005 at 09:45:28 (CST)

Consiglio il sito www.ildibattito.it per la storia dell'emigrazione dalla Lessinia veronese.
raffaello canteri
verona, italia

Wednesday, February 02, 2005 at 09:27:10 (CST)

Thank you for this great site.
My grandparents came to America in early 1900's.They originated from Ripateatina. There names were Tomaso Angelucci and Rita Salvatore.If this looks familiar to anyone please contact me. I have more info at home.
Anthony Angelucci Sr.
Pennsauken, New Jersey U.S.A.

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