Easy way to tell noble family lines apart?

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Hello everybody,

I have been working on my potential Trissino noble ancestors from Vicenza, Italy (still can't find or officially deny a connection to them. Anyway, it appears that they have had 7 or 8 main lines since the 11th century. The lines (created through the lineage of the sons of Olderico) have been as follows: Castelmaggiore (extinct in the XIII century with Corrado's four sons), Della Pietra (extinct with the children of Giacomo di Ammirato (James the Admired) in the XV century); Paninsacco (extinct with Francesco Trissino Paninsacco's death in 1883).

The fourth original line of the Trissino family came from Olderico's fourth son, Miglioranza, however, this one has been split into four, possibly five main branches:

-Trissino Riale: extinguished with the death of Ottavio Trissino Riale in 1779).

-Trissino Baston: extinct with the death of Alexander Trissino Baston in 1451)

-Trissino di Sandrigo: extinct with the marriage of Irene Trissino di Sandrigo to Gaetano Trissino dal Vello d'Oro in 1712).

-Trissino dal Vello d'Oro: Giangiorgio Trissino (1478-1550) gained permission for the distinction from Maximilian I of Habsburg in 1515 and was reconfirmed a knight of the Golden Fleece in 1532 by Charles V.

-Possible line of Pontefuro:  if real started by Teodoro Trissino, the great grandson of Giangiorgio Trissino dal Vello d'Oro (1478-1550).


While this seems simple enough to follow (knowing the line), this was from a Wikipedia article which I attempted to fact check with several articles and found, as told in the Wikipedia article, the lines that aren't dal Vello d'Oro are found to never use the predicate title during most of their lives making it hard to distinguish. Is there anyway, besides looking through their genealogies with a fine tooth comb, that I can find distinguishes between the family lines?

This is the wikipedia article I have been using (I Google Translate to English):


Making things even harder to determine a connection is that my family has used the following spelling back at least until the 18th century: Trizzino.


Any clues on how to simplify my search?




asked in The Tree House by Michael Hruska G2G6 Mach 5 (50.5k points)

2 Answers

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Sorry Mike, I don't think there is an easy way to sort out branches of families, particularly when they might have the same first name.  The only way I know is to collect all the information you can and try to make a decision based on that.

I have a similar problem with my Marshall ancestors- all the men are named William, Nicholas, Richard or Joseph and the women are mostly Elizabeth, Ann or Mary, and this goes on for about four generations.

answered by John Atkinson G2G6 Pilot (329k points)
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I like to identify ancestors by date of birth to tell them apart from others with similar names. We have dozens of Rosario Centanni's, so I call them Rosario of 1876, Rosario of 1865, Rosario of 1773, Rosario of 1802, etc. They are not in a direct line, but the name is used over and over. Europeans, especially Catholics tended to name their children after ancestors to honor parents, grandparents, and other ancestors. Perahps this was a way to help remember genealogies when they couldn't read and write, but it confuses us when we try to look at centuries full of huge families!
answered by Sharon Centanne G2G6 Pilot (141k points)

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