Brick wall in Santa Maria Oliveto – torn down!

Whenever one is presented with a ‘brick wall’ it’s important to scrutinize every document collected so far.  Do some historical research of the area and then go out there and break it down. I did the first part and realized I could not go ahead without finding the death record of Tomasina.  It was a … Continue reading

DNA test results explained

Mike expected to be 50% Italian on his DNA test and was surprised to find it came in at 38%.  So he got an Aunt to do the same test knowing that research had showed her to be from Italian parents on both sides for at least a century!  Whoops!  She came back as 25% … Continue reading

All in a day’s work

It started out as a simple lunch with a client.  It turned into something very different! I had done some research for Gino back in 2008 and he was finally making that trip to Italy with his wife and family.  He invited my husband and I to join them for lunch in Ceprano.  I 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

Family Search and the Antenati site digitization program

Susan asked if we might know when and which records might be posted on the above sites.  No one can know for sure but here is my assessment of the situation. Family Search typically do their digitizing at the State Archives and the Tribunal not in the towns themselves. This means they are restricted to … Continue reading

Search of the week – Fumone, Frosinone

Fumone, population today 80 (yes 80) permanent residents.  Ancestry.com has more than 150 persons on its passenger lists giving Fumone as their place of origin. Famous for its medieval castle and the Prison of Pope Celestino V, today it has boutiques and restaurants that live off the local and foreign tourists who come here for … Continue reading