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Thu, Apr 30, 2009

Hello:
I'm looking for relatives and descendants of D'Andrea Ventresca of Introdacqua, Italy. He's my great-grandfather, father of Benjamin Ventresca. I believe that D'Andrea is son of John and Louise (DiPetro) Ventresca of Introdacqua. I think that D'Andrea was brother to Lawrence, Virginio, Bambina, Clementina, Anthony, and Joseph Ventresca.
D'Andrea immigrated to Cecile, Pennsylvania, but that relatives still live in the family home on Via G. Tommaso Ventresca.
The Best,
Adele Ventresca Harvey Schneidereit
Pismo Beach, CA 93449

6 April 2009 - Earthquake

[Messages about the earthquake of 6 April in l'Aquila, Abruzzo, are posted in the Voices from the World section]
The Staff of this website
L'Aquila

Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 7:27

Da alcuni mesi è disponibile in rete il nuovo sito www.rivisondoliantiqua.it, che vi invitiamo a visitare.
È stato concepito allo scopo di divulgare anche in rete la conoscenza più approfondita non solo del ns. Paese, ma anche del territorio degli Altipiani Maggiori D'Abruzzo, che condividiamo con Pescocostanzo, Roccaraso e Rocca Pia, paesi della provincia dell’Aquila che hanno visto negli anni un notevole tasso di emigrazione, non solo in Europa ma anche nelle lontane Americhe.
Ci auguriamo che esso rappresenti una nuova occasione per stimolare la curiosità dei giovani di oggi, e la memoria dei "giovani di ieri" – in particolar modo per tutti coloro che ormai da anni risiedono lontano dalla terra d’origine.
Buona navigazione !!!!!! Cordiali saluti dallo staff di rivisondoliantiqua.it
Nicola GIOVANNELLI
ROMA, RM ITALY

Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 10:57 PM

Ciao everyone, I have started to research my fathers family. My Grandfather was from Quadri, which I found to be between Abruzzo and Molise. He immigrated to NYC and then to the Finger Lakes Region of NY when he was in his early to mid 20's. He had a brother (Jerimiah?) who later moved to Argentina and a sister (Armine?) who resided in Geneva, NY. I have a copy of his passport, showing an early 1900 arrival. Does any one have any information on the Di Biose name from the Quadri area, or helpful ideas. Grazie Don De Bois
Don De Bois (Di Biose)
Edgemoor, South Carolina US

Hi. Am trying to find information on our Grandmother, Maria Travaglini (possibly Maria Nicola Travaglini) who was born in Roccosalegna on Dec. 4, 1880. Her father's name may have been Paolino and she may have had a brother named Domenico. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
Janice Reeves
Clarksville, MD USA

Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Does anyone have any information on Zilli born in Campotosta? My mom was born there in 1914 to Giuditta Zilli who was married to Angelo Firmi. I would appreciate any information anyone has. They then immigrated to Canada and settled outside of Toronto.
Sherry Lowe
Cape Coral, Florida USA

Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 2:21 AM

My father's family is from Teramo, the DeAngelis'. The Ellis Island switcharoo to D'Angelo. Grandfather is Geranamo aka Jerome. My grandmother from Teramo, the Tarasci family. Her name was Dominica. My mother's family is from Frondarol. The Ferrettis and DiGiacomos!! Thanks so much for your wonderful website.
Annette D'Angelo Fulton
bethlehem, pa usa

Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 12:53 AM

Mi abuelo Gaetano Marcantonio naciò en Lanciano y su padre Giussepe Marcantonio en Mozzagrogna tenìa un hermano llamado Luciano Marcantonio.busco a mis parientes para saber algo màs de la historia de mi familia,estuve hace 20 años en Lanciano y tratè de encontrarlos,llamè por telefono y no vinieron a la cita en la piazza vicina al hotel excelsior,la persona se llamaba Camilio Marcantonio.Si alguien los conoce o puede ayudarme. Yo tambien soy ciudadano italiano y solo me mueve el interres de conocer algo de la historia de mis antepasadossd. saludos
Hugo Cesar Marcantonio
Tucuman, Argentina

Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Sono Ondina figlia di Luigi Clagnan nipote della signora Alma Ciocca (deceduta) avrei desiderio di aver notizie dei miei cugini Lillo e Aris Ciocca residenti a l'Aquila. Se sarebbe quacuno che gli conoscesse gli sarei mo;to grata oppure loro stessi si metterebbero in contatto con me! Sperando in un risultato positivo, cordiali saluti
Ondina Clagnan Pimpini
melbourne, victoria australia

Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 7:02 AM

Sono nato in GUARDIAGRELE, prov.CHIETI ABRUZZO emigrato in Argentina 1947 risiedo in usa.dal 1960. sono desideroso di ricevere qualche notizia oppure da qualche compagno da scuola elementare che ricorda di me. Con tanto amore alla bella citadella e tanti salute a i suoi abitanti.
Tonino Iezzi
palm beach garden, florida u.s.a.

Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 4:28 PM

I would like to get in touch with Ugo Giardini who lives in Popoli, Abruzzo, spero di ricevere buone notizie, il mio n. telefonico è (07) 55006437 il mio nome è Silvana Biondi, con mio fratello Ilario Biondi abitavamo per il corso, sarei grata se potessi rintracciarlo ciao Ugo spero a presto.
Nino Presutti
Gold Coast, QLD Australia

Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 9:31 PM

My family is also from Furci Italy. My grandfathers name is Nicolas Argentieri of Hornell, NY. He immigrated through Ellis Island and later married Mary Vitrano, also an Italian immigrant. They settled in Hornell. They had nine children, one of whom is my mother Margaret Argentieri (married name McCurdy).
Mary Kublin
Melbourne Beach, Florida

Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 3:36 AM

I need to found the best site! to get to know my Buucieri family. My parents come from Puerto Rico. My grandfather his named was John Rey Bucceri Cambel. I need more information about Bucceri Family. I'm trying to get in touch with someone that can help me to get information.
J Cintron
San Juan, Caribbean Puerto Rico

Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 5:13 AM

I am responding to the person whose grand father was antonio petosa from vinchiaturo campobasso. I father is mario petosa from vinchiaturo campobasso and his father (my name sake) was antonio petosa, born in 1905.
antonio petosa
toronto, ontario canada

Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 12:58 AM

To All my cousins in L'Aquila, Gino, Flora, Franco, Lina, Orlando, Ulina, Mario and their families. I want you to know that we are all Praying for you and L'Aquila Bella. All of L'Aquila is in my prayers may God protect you all. We will send what ever you need.
AnnMarie Cicero
Wappingers Falls, New York USA

Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 4:15 PM

I am looking for relatives of my great-grandfather, Carmen Deramio, who was born in Sulmona, approximately in 1850. My grandmother, Ana Teresa Deramio was born in Argentina. I hope to hear some news from my family.
Claudia Nora Carrara
Capital Federal, Buenos Aires Argentina

Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 5:29 PM

My father's mother was born in Sulmona she was born on 21st. April in 1899 her name was Esther Gatti and she left to Argentina because of the Italy war. I would like to contact with any relatives in Italy
Marcela Cammarota
Zaragoza, Zaragoza Spain

Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 8:00 AM

My great grandparents Amedio del Duca and Marie Merlino del Duca also came from Tarrante.
nicole
shoreline, wa usa

Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 2:16 AM

Quiero saber si hay familiares de Consiglio Cicchilli
Oscar Cicchilli
Capital Federal, Buenos Aires Argentina

Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 2:11 AM

We were from Bagheria, Sicily. My grandfather was from Civitavecchia. On my mothers side they were all from Sardegna, my mothers father worked for the goverment and got transfered to Sicily, my mother met and i guess later married. I don't know if my grandfather ever lived in Abruzzo but he always talked to my grandmother about how he loved it he was from Civitavecchia my grandmother was from Bagheria, my grandfather was a pilot in italy he also got transfered to Sicily they fell in love there and married, they had my father and my aunt, then he was killed in his plane. My father, my za, my nona went to Roma and the Italian took care of them for awhile then they went back to Sicily.
August Joseph Bucci
Bloomingdale, Illinois 60108 USA

Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 5:51 PM

i am looking for my mother's and father's family. my father is louis carifa. my mother is gilda carifa. mothers maiden name is spadafora. they were born in introdaqua italy. both came over on the ship adriatic in 1920. my grandmother, malvina spadafora and dad's sister mary were also on this ship. my fathers parents are frank and bombina carifa. moms grandparents are philip and clemintin induciani. louis born on jan.16, 1903. gilda born feb.14,1915.
donna wyrick
ostrander, ohio 43061 usa

Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 9:28 PM

Nick Iustini wrote on here Jan 20 2009 I have emailed him and received no respone I have the information he is looking for. My Grandfather and his Mother are brother and sister. I hope he responds to my original email.
janet falo
Upper Darby, PA USA

Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 9:10 PM

I am the granddaughter of Marricucci Salvati. She was the daughter of Philip and Filomena Salvati. They were married in 1860 in the village of Abbruzzi - Provincia Di Chiete known as Colledimacine. They had nine children: Luigi and Marricci (twins), Louisa, Anna, Antoinetta, Nicola, Milietta, Antonio and Carmela. My grandmother immigrated to the Unites States and married my grandfather Guiseppe Barone who was from the same town. I would be interested in finding out more about my heritage. I visited Italy two years ago and would like to return to the area where my paternal grandparents are from.
Marianne Barone Farsetta
New City, New York USA

Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 6:43 PM

My name is Antonio Rossi, I was born in Celano Sept 6, 1946. My parents Sabino & Filomena Rossi immigrated to Canada (BC) in March 1953. My grandfather Francesco Rossi born in Celano Italy married Santina Montagliani. When she passed away, he remarried Assunta Cafferra. They immigrated to Canada in 1956 to be with their son (my father Sabino). My mother's maiden name was Leonardi. Anyone able to help me trace my family tree would be greatly appreciated. Thanking you in advance,
Tony Rossi
sherwood park, alberta canada

Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Such a great tragedy unfolding in Abruzzo. My partner Mario and I wrote a book on his childhood in the Abruzzo called CHEWING GUM IN HOLY WATER; it has many mentions of the wonderful city of L’Aquila that has now been so ravaged by this terrible earthquake. I have been there and love the place. Mario is there now in the midst of this earthquake crisis. Such a tragedy: great loss of life, a great wound for the Abruzzo people, and a significant loss of heritage. I grieve with them.
Cheryl Hardacre
Sydney, NSW Australia

Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 11:56 PM

Hi, My name is Leslie Ciammaichella. I have been looking into my family's geneology and was surprised to see a note from my father who is now deseased here. I was glad to see it and would like to give some of the same information. My great Grandmother was from Forli Del Sannio, Italy. My great Grandfather was from Cheti. my great Granmothers' name was Angela Iacovetta and I see that there are surnames of the same still in this town. I know that the earthquake was very devastating in this region last week and wonder if there is anything I can do to help. If anyone knows of the Iacovetta family or the Ciammaichella families I would like to converse.
Leslie Ciammaichella
Medina, Ohio USA

Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 5:27 PM

I am trying to locate the town my father and his family came from. I know it was Abruzzo, but not sure if it was Castel Di Sangro or Castellato. I do know that they town was know for their making of dishes,plates other type of ceramics. My father was born in 1900, his parents were Marie and Eugene Marconi, they left their town in either 1901 or 1902 to come to America. IN 1975 my father, Charles (sylvano) went back to the town, and gave his family the house that he was born in, his plans were not to go back to abruzzo to live. The relatives were very happy when he signed the home over to them. I am trying to find out about the Marconi Family and if there are any other relatives still living in Abruzzo.
Patricia Marconi
Brooklyn, New York USA

Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Hello, I am looking for RICO ? from Celano, Avezzano, Aielli and the little towns beneath. My Grandfather Arturo or Arthuro was born 1915 (?) in Celano and my father Piero Rico (born 1948 and died 2008) was born in Aielli. I just know that there are still cousins in Celano, Constanza and Andrea (?) Rico. They must be 30 - 40 years old. However, I would be very happy if anybody knows something about RICO in Celano or the other towns I said before.
Ciao, Marina Rico
Kerpen, Cologne Germany

Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 7:55 AM

I would like any information on the little town of Torrebruna in the Province of Chieti in Abruzzo. My grandfather, Felice Ferrara, came to Ellis Island around 1910. My grandmother, Maria Nicola Franchella, came over to America a few years later. Their name was changed from Ferrara to Ferro. They had 7 children and my father, John, was the youngest. I am his daughter and am very interested in my grandparents, since they died before I was born. I hope to visit Torrebruna one day.
Cindy Ferro Stewart
Martinsburg, WV USA

Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 8:01 AM

I would like to contact the person who is Searching for descendants of Dominico Ferraro, who immigrated from Torrebruna, Chiete, in 1910. My grandfather, Felice Ferrara also immigrated from Torrebruna in 1910. His wife was Maria Nicola Franchella.
Cindy Ferro Stewart
Martinsburg, wv USA

Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 5:10 AM

I want to apply for dual citizenship through paternal grandparents and trying to locate information on my grandparents from Roseto degli Abruzzi. Samuel Matarozza married to Concetta Di Bernadino. Grandpop came to America in early 1900s to the Philadelphia area. Grandmom came closer to 1910 and then they resided in Baltimore, MD. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Grazi and Ciao
Bonwyn Matarozza Preis
Hanover, MD United States

Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Was browsing the town of Pacentro, where my children may have relatives. Their gfather, Salvatore Silvestri, was born in Pacentro in 1893, interestly enough. I noticed that the name Silvestri is still known in Pacentro. I am sure my children would like to find relatives of their father, perhaps in Pennsylvania?
Dolores B.Franco
New Windsor, NY USA

Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 2:52 PM

J fasolo....my grandfather was Francesca Durantini, my grandmother was Maria Pavone. They were from the village of Castilenti. They married and arrived on Ellis Island in 1913 aboard the SS Canada. My father, was named after Francesco's father Massimo, and he was the oldest of eight children. My Aunt Elizabeth, the youngest Durantini, researched and then she and her husband went to Italy and found cousins and aunts in 1989. I believe she still communicates with them and has been back to attend weddings. I have a list of e-mail addresses of relatives she had forwarded which I will try and locate. We must be related somewhere along the line...welcome!
karen mathieson
Oxford, Michigan USA

Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 3:08 AM

My grandparents immigrated to the US in 1910. They were from the town of San Buono. My grandfather's name was Dominic Paganelli and my grandmother's name was Caterina Paganelli. Her maiden name was Noe. I am wondering if anyone can advise me as to how to find out if I have any relatives still living in the region or how I can find records of my grandparents births, marriage. My aunt was born there also. Her name was Clara Paganelli. She was around the age of three when they left San Buono. She later married Angelo Delnegro who was also from San Buono. I have discovered that there are still people with this surname in San Buono but do not know how to find out if we are related. Any assistance would be very much appreciated. Sincerely,
Catherine Paganelli Kaelin
Batavia, Ohio United States

Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 1:54 AM

I am planning a visit to Abruzzi in 2010. My father, Edward, spent early years in Celano. My grandfather, Antonio, and grandmother, Sestina (DiGentimasso) from Pescara, lived in Celano before going to the US via Naples. My father spoke of cousins in Chieti. Our name was DiCosimo in Italy. If this rings a bell with anyone, email me.
Edward A De Cosmo
Schenectady, NY USA

Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 1:24 AM

Desearia contactarme con algun familiar de Filomena Pomilio hija de Jose apodado Chuculile. Yo se que lacasa paterna esta en la calle: Via del Castello Nº 100. Soy la Hija de Filomena (menina) y que mis tias se llaman: Adelina Rosina, Rina y la tia Maria casada con el tio Pierino DEsearia poder contactareme desde ya muchas gracias
Ana Maria Fangio Pomilio
Ingeniero Maschwitz, Buenos Aires Argentina

Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 1:16 AM

I am second generation American Italian, and I know very little of my father's family. My father was born to Dominick Esposito from Gessopalena and Anna Melchiorre, although I don't know where her people were. They immigrated to the United States, but some of their 10 children were born in Italy, but I don't know which of my aunts and uncles were born there. My dad was the youngest of the ten. If anyone knows anything about these origins I would really appreciate hearing from you. I do understand that there is some family still in Gessopalena, although I'm not sure how we are related. I would so appreciate any help!!!
Linda Esposito McClenathan
Litchfield Park, Arizona United States

Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 9:45 PM

Great Web site! I enjoy seeing familiar family names I often heard while growing up in Rosario, Argentina, and Astoria, Queens, NY. My father was Luigi Catalano (Serafina Fosco was his mother.) My mother was Alba Maria Catalano (Carmela Saraceni was her mother.) They met in Argentina and married in 1942 and had two daughters--Betty and me. We relocated to NY in 1956 and in 1980 to Charlottesville, VA. Cicone (sp?) was the family nickname. The Catalano family is from Orsogna, but unfortunately, I don't know where they originate. I visited Orsogna in 1963 and again with my Dad in 1996 shortly before he passed away. I'm glad we took this trip together.
Maria del Carmen Catalano Salazar
Charlottesville, Virginia USA

Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 9:01 PM

Hi, My Grandfather, Dominic Bernabei, left Secinaro, Abruzzo Province in the early 1900s. He came to America and lived in Boston, Mass. We see there are 48 Bernabei surnames in Secinaro and would love to learn more about the family. We were there in 1970 and saw the WW1 Monument in the town square with our surname. We hope all of you are okay since we are hearing news of the earthquake. Thank you for any help you can give us.
J. Mettley
Port Saint Lucie, FL USA

Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 8:05 PM

My grandparents came to the USA in the mid 1900's. They were originally from Corfinio, Abruzzo. My grandmother's name was Francesca Campagnia, and she married Alessandro Pellegrini. If I still have relatives in Corfinio, I would love to hear from you. I pray that all of you are okay through the recent earthquake that hit the region.
Michael Verzola
Cincinnati, OH USA

Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 6:56 PM

We have family in Corfinio and hope that they and many, many other people in this region will end up surviving and being ok after this horrible earthquake. Our condolences to you who have lost loved ones.
Andrew Barr
West Barnstable, Massachusetts USA

Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 4:05 PM

My great grandparents were from Ateleta. The last name is Rossi. I am concerned about the recent earthquake, this area has been through so much in the last 100 years.
Elizabeth Luka
chicago, IL USA

Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 12:36 AM

I am researching my grandfather (Nicolo Corriere son of Michele Corriere) who came to American 1903 with his mother (Maria Concetta Silveri) and two brothers (Florindo & Liberato) and a sister (Anna Rose). I saw that the surname Silveri is listed as a current name in Arielli. I would love to get in touch with the family. Does anyone have photos of Arielli that they would be willing to share?
Christina Countryman
Saco, Maine USA

Sun, Apr 5, 2009 at 4:44 AM

Il mio nome è ROCCO DI ZIO, nato a Penne nel 1940. Vorrei tanto rintracciare miei compagni d'infanzia con i quali ho frequentato le scuole elementari e medie a Penne. Alcuni nomi: Enzo Moretti, Luciano Riccieri, Domenico Bianchini, Vittorio De Nicola, Enzo Ciulli, Bruno Profeta. I nostri maestri/professori erano D'Annunzio, Verri, Petronio.
Rocco Di Zio
Melbourne, Victoria Australia

Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 4:31 AM

Mi chiamo Roberto Paolucci, voglio mandare un saluto di buona Pasqua a tutti gli Italiani allestero, specialmente a tutti gli onnesi sparsi nel mondo, qualche giorno ci rivedremo a ONNA bella. Vi saluto con un forte abbracio vostro paesano, spero di sentire da qualcuno.
Roberto Paolucci
Marietta, GA usa

Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Together with my wife, I shall be on an Easter Tour of the Abbruzzo region. We shall be staying at Hotel Montesilvano from Wednesday 8th till Tuesday 13th April. Of course we shall be touring the main cities and regions of the area. Most evenings we will be free. So my wife and I would like to know if there are any concerts (religious, operatic, bands, etc) in those evenings in the nearby towns/villages nearest to Montesilvano. Thank you and Happy Easter.
Ignazio Abela
Zebbug, MALTA

Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 12:57 AM

CINOCCA AND CARANO FAMILIES, CAROVILLI, ITALY - Descendants of either family would have ties to Krebs, Oklahoma and Akron, Ohio. Trying to find descendents of Angela Mary Cinocca and Salvatore Stefan Carano of Akron, Ohio.
James Edward Cinocca
tulsa , ok usa Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 3:28 PM
Hello to Ofena and to my Family there.
Dino Lancione
Boston, Massachusetts U.S.A

Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 6:32 AM

Hola a todos, los Di Paolo, estoy buscando informaci{on sobre mi bisabuelo, Fidel Roque Di Paolo, que nació en Catelguidone.( Chieti) en 1857. Desde ya agradezco la colaboración.
Maria Laura Di Paolo
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 12:32 AM

My family names are Flacco, DiGiacomo, Della Rovere and DiBerardino. All are from Isola Del Gran Sasso. I have visited twice. The first time I went with my Aunts and met cousins etc. The second time was 25 years later and I didn't know where or who to look for. I'm planning another trip to Isola next year. I love it there!!!!!!!!!!
Joanna Flacco
Blackwood, NJ USA

Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 4:46 PM

It was through this site that I made contact with relatives in Barrea, and eventually traveled to meet them and see the village my parents had left, individually and seven years apart, as children. I stood at the door to the house where my mother was born and lived with her mother while they waited (for six years) to join my grandfather in the U.S.; I met my late father's two living brothers (emotional!) and my wonderful cousins. My sister and I went right back the next year and will go again, probably next year, even if it bankrupts us, because we are in love with the town of our roots and with the "missing half" of our family. I wish everyone who yearns to know about their past could do as we did!
Emily Love
Kinsman, Ohio USA

Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 3:52 AM

SOY GRACIELA valentini smircic deseo contactarme con familiares en chietti italia se que vivem alli tios y primos de mi madre fallecida.colonna en roma apellido que con orgullo llevo mi abuela materna por favor comunicarse con grace
GRACE
Argentina