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    1. Listserv; Name Variations; Book Recommendations
    2. Christine De Angelis
    3. Hi Jane, I believe this Listserv is open to anyone who is interested in Italian genealogy; one does not need to be of Italian descent to participate. 'My grandmothers name was incorrectly spelled about 4 different ways...' Please do not get hung up on name variations, surname or given name. You will save yourself a lot of stress if you learn to let that go. That said, multiple name variations will increase your search parameters and the time it takes you to do an exhaustive search.  Bear in mind that names and documents were recorded in Latin, regional dialects, and more modernly, in Italian and sometimes in combination.  I have two book recommendations for you; one is nice if you have time, the other is a must read--must purchase.  You should be able to find used copies for about $20.00 USD.  Alternately, you can request them via interlibrary loan or they might be at an LDS Family History Center / genealogy library for browsing. 1~must read)  Italian Genealogical Records by Trafford R. Cole ISBN:  0-916489-58-2   The entire book is outstanding and practical.  Chapter three is 'Meaning and Origin of Italian Surnames'.  He also dedicates a chapter to Italian history which you must not skip. 2~nice)  Our Italian Surnames by Joseph G. Fucilla ISBN:  0-8063-1187-8  This book is really best if you are interested in the etymology of names. Also, it appears Familysearch.org has your town's records available digitally (Search>>Catalog>>Place)  https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/329003?availability=Family%20History%20Library Most of the time, marriages took place in the woman's commune / town, so the banns and marriage act will be recorded there.  If the couple lived in the same town, no issues, but if the woman was from another town, things can get challenging. Good luck! Christine De Angelisor D'Angelis or D'Angelo or Di Angelis or Di Angelo or De Angelo or De Angelio... depending on which document I find today :)

    07/19/2017 06:51:09
    1. Re: Di Placido Family of Torella Del Sannio, Campobasso
    2. Free Flights to Italy NGO
    3. > Hello. I was not born in Italy but my grandparents were. Am I able to join? It is unclear whether you are an Italian citizen or not. The place of birth is completely irrelevant. If by "join" you meant joining Free Flights to Italy NGO, visit https://www.freeflightstoitaly.ngo that will provide you all the necessary information.

    07/18/2017 01:15:14
    1. Re: Di Placido Family of Torella Del Sannio, Campobasso
    2. Hello. I was not born in Italy but my grandparents were. Am I able to join? Both my grandparents have passed away. My grandmothers name was incorrectly spelled about 4 different ways on documents here in Canada. I want to find her correct maiden name, where my grandparents were married etc. It's like she doesn't exist. I want her to be acknowledged. Thank you Jane Di Placido-Reed

    07/17/2017 10:11:09
    1. Re: Ciotti in Roccagorga Province
    2. Free Flights to Italy NGO
    3. > I also have family from Roccagorga, and my great-grandfather's passport > and travel records show Roccagorga as a province of Rome as well. But every > time I look it up it shows up in the Latina Province. Perhaps there was a > border shift more recently than our relatives' immigration? There was a border shift, more than 80 years ago (in 1934). -- https://www.freeflightstoitaly.ngo/genealogy.html

    07/06/2017 06:04:39
    1. Re: Ciotti in Roccagorga Province
    2. On Wednesday, 2 June 1999 03:00:00 UTC-4, Quebec wrote: > Sorry I left out Roccagorga is a province of ROME ITALY--- > > Doug I also have family from Roccagorga, and my great-grandfather's passport and travel records show Roccagorga as a province of Rome as well. But every time I look it up it shows up in the Latina Province. Perhaps there was a border shift more recently than our relatives' immigration? Anyway, I have some documentation on Archangelo, his brothers, and his children on my Ancestry.com tree because the working theory is that your Ciottis are related to my Ciottis. (I think perhaps Vincenzo, Archangelo's father, was my great-great-grandfather's brother though that is suggested only anecdotally by some of my grandmother's cousins). If you're still interested in any of this you're welcome to poke around the tree: https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/22591328/person/19971470879/facts If nothing else, there's a clipping of Archangelo's obituary attached.

    07/05/2017 05:06:29
    1. nuovo sito genealogia. Maniago (PN)
    2. http://www.maniago.genwiki.net/index.php

    05/16/2017 08:32:01
    1. Re: Irmão de Graciano Balotta
    2. Free Flights to Italy NGO
    3. > Procuro informações sobre o irmão de Graciano Balotta que nasceu na Calábria em 1867. In che paese è nato? -- https://www.freeflightstoitaly.ngo/genealogy.html

    04/19/2017 01:01:26
    1. Irmão de Graciano Balotta
    2. Procuro informações sobre o irmão de Graciano Balotta que nasceu na Calábria em 1867. Muito grato por informações.

    04/18/2017 01:07:52
    1. Re: Guidotti Jacopo (Toscana Death record mid 1800's)
    2. Free Flights to Italy NGO
    3. > Looking for Death record What is the name of the town? -- https://www.freeflightstoitaly.ngo/genealogy.html

    04/13/2017 02:52:34
    1. Guidotti Jacopo (Toscana Death record mid 1800's)
    2. Ashley Merchant
    3. Looking for Death record

    04/12/2017 01:24:40
    1. Re: Buccinese Society...
    2. The one in Newark is nomore, they moved it to Pennsylvania many years ago, it is still there. I know because of my relatives

    03/29/2017 02:56:06
    1. Re: GEN-ITALIAN Digest, Vol 12, Issue 21
    2. Jamie Sadler
    3. On Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 6:56:23 AM UTC-8, vas575 wrote: > If these people died in the United States, look to their death certificates (you'll need to know where they passed in order to contact the right Department of Vital Records.) You should find fairly accurate information from next of kin who knew the decedent's history. > > Good Luck, > Vicky Sicilian > > > -----Original Message----- > Message: 3 > Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:05:03 -0700 (PDT) > From: Jamie Sadler <jamiesadler@me.com> > To: gen-italian@rootsweb.com > Subject: Carano, Fabrizio, DiAngelis > Message-ID: <5967aad7-f5f1-4fd4-b210-1c45a5994dd1@googlegroups.com> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 > > I am hitting a road block with my Italian family. My GG Grandparents came over from Naples on the Germania in 1904. I know my grandfather was born in Aquila but not sure about my grandmother. I am also trying to find some info about my great grandfather. All I have is his name and when he passed. He was married to my grandmother for three years before he died from TB. Any help or suggestion would be appreciated > > GG Grandfather Giovanno John Carano b March 7, 1878 > GG Grandmother Marietta Liberata Fabrizio b May 4,1884 > > GG Jeanie Carano b 1913 married to Ernest DiAngelis (DeAngelis) 1901-1933. I believe he was born in Italy but I cannot find any proof of this. I have their wedding picture but not much else. > > Jamie > > > End of GEN-ITALIAN Digest, Vol 12, Issue 21 > ******************************************* I have ordered those and Im waiting on them to arrive. They are not online anywhere.

    03/29/2017 06:37:08
    1. Re: Carano, Fabrizio, DiAngelis
    2. Jamie Sadler
    3. I believe I found his mothers name. On a ship log is has listed, Mother MRS Marini Atina.

    03/29/2017 06:35:57
    1. Re: Family or birth records of M. Consiglia Bonadie of Castropignano DOB about 1879
    2. Free Flights to Italy NGO
    3. Which certificate do you need exactly? Birth? Marriage? -- https://www.freeflightstoitaly.ngo/genealogy.html

    03/28/2017 02:05:01
    1. Re: Looking for Birth Record of Agostino Giovenco born c. 1876 in Altavilla Milicia, Sicily
    2. Angela Somwaiya
    3. On Monday, March 27, 2017 at 2:30:43 AM UTC+7, Free Flights to Italy NGO wrote: > > Hello, I'm looking for the birth record of my Great Grandfather, Agostino Giovenco. He was born around 1876 in Altavilla Milicia in Sicily. > > This birth certificate is available. If you are a member of Free Flights > to Italy NGO, the service is free. If you are not a member, FFTI can > recommend a specialized agency that will send you the certificate. The > external agency does not work for free though. > https://www.freeflightstoitaly.ngo/contact.html THank you very much for the information!

    03/27/2017 07:22:03
    1. Re: Locating City and Providence
    2. Evie Briggs
    3. My great-grandfather's name is Joe Demonica. However I remember my aunt telling me that Immigration spelled his last name incorrectly, and that it was supposed to be DeModica. I'm not 100% sure if this is true. His DOB is August 31st, 1884. My great-grandmother's maiden name is Salvadora Capizzi. Her year of birth is 1888. I'm working on getting her death certificate to find out her full DOB.

    03/27/2017 05:23:12
    1. Re: Anyone interested in the Mezzojuso comune of Sicily?
    2. Free Flights to Italy NGO
    3. > On Saturday, May 24, 1997 at 3:00:00 AM UTC-4, Sal Lagattuta wrote: >> Hi, all: >> >> My name is Salvatore Lagattuta, and I am a member of a small group of >> persons on the Internet, who have ancestry from, or are interested in, the >> comune of Mezzojuso, in the province of Palermo in Sicily. > Hi !! My name is Rita and my paternal grandmother and her ancestors were from Mezzojuso. Thier names were Sprofero,Carnesi, Schiro and Bonomo. It is unlikely that he will read your reply, because the message was written 20 years ago… -- https://www.freeflightstoitaly.ngo/genealogy.html

    03/27/2017 04:19:20
    1. Family or birth records of M. Consiglia Bonadie of Castropignano DOB about 1879
    2. Kate Baumiller
    3. Please send info or assistance to Kropos@rap.midco.net

    03/27/2017 09:55:49
    1. Re: Anyone interested in the Mezzojuso comune of Sicily?
    2. On Saturday, May 24, 1997 at 3:00:00 AM UTC-4, Sal Lagattuta wrote: > Hi, all: > > My name is Salvatore Lagattuta, and I am a member of a small group of > persons on the Internet, who have ancestry from, or are interested in, the > comune of Mezzojuso, in the province of Palermo in Sicily. > > Mezzojuso has a historical record as a continuously inhabited entity for > well over a millennium, and its name derives from the Saracen Arab "Manzil > Jusuf," meaning "the village of Joseph," purportedly named after its native > leader Yusuf Ibd Abd Allah, who became a reigning Emir of Sicily. After > the Normans completely conquered the Arabs of Sicily in 1090, the town was > given by the Norman king Roger II, in 1132, to the Monastery of Saint John > of the Hermits in Palermo. > > In 1490, 48 Albanian soldiers and their families (under the command of > Giorgio and Basilio Reres, sons of the governor of Calabria, Demitrios > Reres, a relative of the Albanian king Giorgio Castriota "Skanderbeg") were > granted permission by the Monastery to settle in Mezzojuso, which had > become increasingly depopulated by the late 1400's. Then, in 1527, the > Monastery handed over the village as a fief to the noble lord Giovanni > Corvino of Pisa, and thereafter Mezzojuso was held as a feudal land by > various nobles until 1832, upon the death of the last lord, Francesco Paolo > Corvino Filingeri. > > So, the rulers of Mezzojuso were: Saracen Arabs, prior to 1090; > Normans, 1090-1132; Monastery of Saint John of the Hermits, 1132-1527; > various nobles (Giovanni Corvino to Francesco Paolo Corvino Filingeri), > 1527-1832; local political leaders (prior to Italian nationhood), > 1832-1860; politically elected officials (since Italian nationhood), > 1860-present. > > Mezzojuso is one of about a dozen towns/villages in Sicily that thus has a > quite pronounced Italo-Albanian/Arberesh heritage. In the main piazza of > Mezzojuso are: on the western perimeter of the piazza, the Castello Vecchio > of the former nobles; on the northern perimeter of the piazza, the Latin > rite matriarchal church of Maria Santissima Annunziata (between the > Castello Vecchio and the Italo-Albanian/Arberesh matriarchal church), and > the Byzantine rite matriarchal church of San Nicola di Mira (of the > Italo-Albanians/Arberesh). Both matriarchal churches are of the same > Catholic faith, although of different rites. > > By long-standing Mezzojuso tradition, if the husband and the wife are of > different rites, then the wife (and any children) will take on the rite of > the husband. Some surnames in Mezzojuso, therefore, are more closely > aligned with either the Latin rite or the Byzantine rite. This is > important, genealogically, because family ancestry can be traced according > to the parish records of the two matriarchal churches, with paternal lines > nearly always following directly back in either the Latin or Byzantine > rite/matriarchal church, but the maternal lines (and maiden surnames) may > "cross over" from the opposite rite (if the wife's rite and sometimes > surname ancestry is different than that of the husband). > > I would really like to hear from anyone who has ancestry from Mezzojuso, or > is interested in similar Italo-Albanian/Arberesh concerns. > > Thank you, Sal Lagattuta at <slagattu@gte.net>

    03/27/2017 01:52:11
    1. Re: Anyone interested in the Mezzojuso comune of Sicily?
    2. On Saturday, May 24, 1997 at 3:00:00 AM UTC-4, Sal Lagattuta wrote: > Hi, all: > > My name is Salvatore Lagattuta, and I am a member of a small group of > persons on the Internet, who have ancestry from, or are interested in, the > comune of Mezzojuso, in the province of Palermo in Sicily. > > Mezzojuso has a historical record as a continuously inhabited entity for > well over a millennium, and its name derives from the Saracen Arab "Manzil > Jusuf," meaning "the village of Joseph," purportedly named after its native > leader Yusuf Ibd Abd Allah, who became a reigning Emir of Sicily. After > the Normans completely conquered the Arabs of Sicily in 1090, the town was > given by the Norman king Roger II, in 1132, to the Monastery of Saint John > of the Hermits in Palermo. > > In 1490, 48 Albanian soldiers and their families (under the command of > Giorgio and Basilio Reres, sons of the governor of Calabria, Demitrios > Reres, a relative of the Albanian king Giorgio Castriota "Skanderbeg") were > granted permission by the Monastery to settle in Mezzojuso, which had > become increasingly depopulated by the late 1400's. Then, in 1527, the > Monastery handed over the village as a fief to the noble lord Giovanni > Corvino of Pisa, and thereafter Mezzojuso was held as a feudal land by > various nobles until 1832, upon the death of the last lord, Francesco Paolo > Corvino Filingeri. > > So, the rulers of Mezzojuso were: Saracen Arabs, prior to 1090; > Normans, 1090-1132; Monastery of Saint John of the Hermits, 1132-1527; > various nobles (Giovanni Corvino to Francesco Paolo Corvino Filingeri), > 1527-1832; local political leaders (prior to Italian nationhood), > 1832-1860; politically elected officials (since Italian nationhood), > 1860-present. > > Mezzojuso is one of about a dozen towns/villages in Sicily that thus has a > quite pronounced Italo-Albanian/Arberesh heritage. In the main piazza of > Mezzojuso are: on the western perimeter of the piazza, the Castello Vecchio > of the former nobles; on the northern perimeter of the piazza, the Latin > rite matriarchal church of Maria Santissima Annunziata (between the > Castello Vecchio and the Italo-Albanian/Arberesh matriarchal church), and > the Byzantine rite matriarchal church of San Nicola di Mira (of the > Italo-Albanians/Arberesh). Both matriarchal churches are of the same > Catholic faith, although of different rites. > > By long-standing Mezzojuso tradition, if the husband and the wife are of > different rites, then the wife (and any children) will take on the rite of > the husband. Some surnames in Mezzojuso, therefore, are more closely > aligned with either the Latin rite or the Byzantine rite. This is > important, genealogically, because family ancestry can be traced according > to the parish records of the two matriarchal churches, with paternal lines > nearly always following directly back in either the Latin or Byzantine > rite/matriarchal church, but the maternal lines (and maiden surnames) may > "cross over" from the opposite rite (if the wife's rite and sometimes > surname ancestry is different than that of the husband). > > I would really like to hear from anyone who has ancestry from Mezzojuso, or > is interested in similar Italo-Albanian/Arberesh concerns. > > Thank you, Sal Lagattuta at <slagattu@gte.net> Hi !! My name is Rita and my paternal grandmother and her ancestors were from Mezzojuso. Thier names were Sprofero,Carnesi, Schiro and Bonomo. I have been doing research on line for a couple of years and getting very little info. I am traveling there in May and hope I have more success. I'm not sure if they lived in Piana degli Albanesi ai 1700's-early 1800's. very disappointing to not have records.The name Schiro(my great great GM) is Alberesh .

    03/27/2017 01:37:31