Category Archives: Italy

Mum’s AncestryDNA adventure

When my Mum was diagnosed with a double case of breast cancer several years ago, we knew that a long battle was about to start. What we didn’t know is that DNA, or genealogy for that matter, would come into the … Continue reading

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My Italian ancestry online

A year or two ago, I got an e-mail from someone in America who was carrying out a research into his brother-in-law’s Italian ancestry. By pure coincidence, the man’s family came from the small Piedmontese village of San Marzano Oliveto, … Continue reading

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My AncestryDNA Adventure

The following entry has been written over a period of several weeks. 25 March 2016 It was one of those lazy mornings when, instead of rushing to get ready for work, as I should, I got glued to the minuscule screen … Continue reading

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508, 9th Avenue, Manhattan

The year is 1884. On 20th March, the day before the start of spring, my great-great-grandmother, then a young girl of 15 years, put down her name on a marriage certificate. Maria Maddalena Terzano, who preferred to go by the more poetic name … Continue reading

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Looking for Rina Amerio’s descendants: the Graziano family

Last October, my dad and I visited the village in northern Italy where my great-grandmother Giovanna Amerio was born in 1895. It was to be not only a quest for missing family information, but also something of a sentimental pilgrimage. … Continue reading

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Fatherless fathers and a long line of strong women

Have you ever thought about what traits you may have inherited from you dad and mum? The obvious answer is “of course”, we all have, whether we are interested in genealogy or not. But why not go further back and … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget

One cannot face November 11th without thinking of the year 1918, when the guns in Europe went silent for what was thought would be the very last time. I doubt there is one among you who can seriously claim to … Continue reading

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Piecing together my Italian great-grandmother’s (huge) family

Well, here I am, safe and sound, back in the real world for a change, and what a genealogical experience Italy has been! This was of course the second time my father and I ventured forth  and north in search … Continue reading

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The first Ronquete

Up until a couple of years ago, I had always been struck by the odd-sounding last name of my grandmother’s paternal grandfather, Miguel Ronquete. This unusual, very un-Spanish surname always seemed to me rather mysterious, particularly as most of the … Continue reading

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Understanding Passenger Lists

Genealogy can provide us a lot more than a mere list of names and dates plunging back endlessly into History. In an interview I recently read, a professional genealogist expressed her opinion that she prefers to investigate personal details about … Continue reading

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