How professionals work together.

I just spent a week working in the Province of Frosinone with Janeen Bjork a professional researcher from America.  She was working on a huge DNA project involving diverse families whose patriarchs were recruited to work in a stone quarry in Upstate New York. The families came from several towns around my home base. Some … Continue reading

Ofelia – a very lucky foundling!

In Rome at 8:30am on April 24th 1908, a baby girl was born to an unnamed woman at 152 Viale Giulio Cesare . She was delivered by the midwife Carolina Zacoma, age 42 and at 1:30pm she was presented to Cavalier Vincenzo Stefanelli at the City hall where her birth was registered and she was … Continue reading

Sharon’s search for an explanation?

When Sharon started researching her ancestral line in a small town in Abruzzo she was a little shocked at the apparent comportment of her ancestors.  She remarked ‘the women in my family certainly got around!’ After studying the records she found I saw a potentially different story.  It all began with Maria Proietta who gave … Continue reading

A Foundling or a Love Child?

In researching our genealogy it’s hard to accept that our ancestor was a foundling.  A ‘throw away’, a child whose mother abandoned him.  We grasp at straws to discover that he was loved and cherished.  We don’t really want to believe he was truly alone. Wendy was sure her Grandfather was the secret love child … Continue reading

Searching for Luisa, Part 1: Rome

I had arranged to meet Mary in Rome to help her with her goals of finding her Grandmother’s baptism record.  Sometimes, no matter how well prepared we are things just don’t work out the way we plan.  Here is Mary’s own story of our day together. July 1, 2017 / whatatrip2017 Looking for and (hopefully) … Continue reading

The challenge: to prove (or disprove) the family story that Bartolo abandoned his wife and family in America to return to Italy between 1920-1930 for the love of a Countess.

THE FACTS: Bartolo was born in October 1869, he was found in a basket on the doorstep of Celeste (age 56) who dressed him and took him to the town office where he was given the name of Bartolo and assigned to a wet nurse for feeding. He eventually trained as a tailor. Abandoned children … Continue reading

A ‘thank you’ note that made my day!

The work you did, and the results you came up with were amazing! We were unable to break through the “Brick Wall”, and now we know why. I never considered that he was a Foundling. How sad, but as you explained, pretty common in those days. You also pointed us down the road of his … Continue reading