Joining the Italian Roots Project? Benvenuti! [closed]

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The Italian Roots Project supports research and collaboration on profiles of Italian Heritage or Origin. If you are of Italian heritage or are researching Italian lines, we invite you to join us!

Answer this question below and we'll get you a badge.    Please also follow our G2G tag and tell us a bit about your genealogical interests. Each time we share we leave a trail by which others who share our interest may find us.

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in Requests for Project Volunteers by Michael Maranda G2G6 Mach 6 (66.5k points)
closed by Azure Robinson
From Abruzzo: Mucci, DiGiovanni, Di Giampaolo, Orlando, Giammarico, Chiavaroli

Probably from Naples: DeGiorgio, Cignale, Cantelmo
I have been doing research on my Calabrian ancestors on my father's side and my Marchegiani ancestors on my mother's side.  I have recently added them all to wikitree so I think it's time for me to become a member of italian_roots.  I have also started a tree for the great compost Gioacchino Rossini.
I'd love to try! My fathers family is 100% Italian... These are my grandparents surnames Salvatore, Del Carlino (Delcarlino), Diodati (spelled a dozen ways), Guida. I have a little information about where they may have come from in Italy but not much!
Welcome Louise!
I have Italian ancestors from different parts of Italy, but the one thing they all have in common is that they're hard to track!
Most of my Italian side are from Calabria, Italy.  My grandmother is Concetta Ruccella who was born in Sant Onofrio, married my grandfather Domenico Loprieato and came to the US.  I am trying to hunt down my grandma Ruccella's parents.  She has a brother Francesco Ruccella who never left Italy.  I am also looking for Lopreiato's from Italy, I think, mostly from Calabria. Many of my ancestors have immigrated all over the world.

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I'm in. Certainly have Italian heritage with my great-grandparents immigrating from Nocera Umbra in the early 1900's.

Mazzanti and my grandfather's misspelling Mussanti..
by Carl Reisinger G2G Crew (750 points)
+11 votes
I have been busy tracing families in Alia Sicilia for over a year and now am tracing their cousins in nearby Valledolmo. I am learning the Italian language which helps in reading the Atti birth, marriage, and death records.

by Anonymous Troy G2G6 Pilot (155k points)
edited by Anonymous Troy
Kudos on learning Italian!
Grazie, Michael!
+6 votes
I was trying to add Italian roots to my thread but i was having a hard it kept saying I can only add one thread at a time  

either way I am researching my family  Devasto/Sarro and my Husbands Family  Iacobacci/ Asci
by Melissa Bushway G2G2 (2.3k points)
Welcome to Italian Roots!
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I research my husband's family lines from Popoli, Abruzzi and Licata, Sicily. All of their immigration took place very close to 1900, and they settled in the Cleveland, Ohio and Schenectady, New York areas. The main surnames are Diamante, Bennice (Bennici), Riggi, and Balestreri, and Capritta.
by Mary Diamante G2G6 Mach 1 (17.1k points)
+7 votes
Ciao!  I am researching on my paternal grandfather's family from Giovinazzo, Bari, Puglia, Italy.  So far, I have 5 generations.  I enjoy learning, researching and helping others with Italian Roots project.  Looking forward what's in store from this project.

Roni Lepore
by Roni Lepore G2G1 (1.9k points)
Ciao, Ronni! I have been working on my paternal grandfather's family also, who came from Modugno, not too far from Giovinazzo and Bari. My grandfather was actually born in Giovinazzo. I have been working a lot lately with the online Bari Stato Civile archives. What an incredible trove of information!
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Hello. I am researching the Ciraldo family from Catania, Sicily. I know Mary Meli married Nunzio Ciraldo and came to U.S but know nothing from the Italian side of their life. Any help is appreciated.
by Brandy Larkin G2G Crew (380 points)
+6 votes
Hello, I'm fairly new to the Wikitree concept so I hope that I'm doing this correctly! My name is Karen and my husband is the American-born child of Piedmontese immigrants. I've been slowly but surely researching his genealogy for about 15 years, and I've been indexing Italian- and Spanish-language vital records for Family for the past 5 years or so. Surnames include Macagno/Maccagno, Buscaglia, Cagna, Molina, Gastaldi, Bulla, Peretto and more. Looking forward to taking part in this forum - grazie mille, e' un piacere di conoscervi! (thanks so much, it's a pleasure to meet you!)
by Karen Macagno G2G6 (10.0k points)
Welcome to the Italian Roots project, and welcome to WikiTree!
+5 votes

Reasearching my Paternal grandfather's roots in Magenta, Italy. His family migrated to Victoria, Texas, USA.Their name was originally "Magna" instead of "Magnia".

by Anthony Magnia G2G Crew (350 points)
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My father's mother is Italian. Her family comes from Lucca. Last names include Federighi, Maraccini, Oracia (di Orazzi, Orazzi). I am having trouble getting anything on her ancestors once in Italy. Both her parents immigrated to the U.S.
by Jacob Girard G2G1 (1.1k points)

Happily you know they are from Lucca.  I see that Giorgio Federighi is identified in 1920 arrival documents with birth in S. Maria del Giudice, Lucca - which you have already in his profile.


Glad to have you in the project and hope you are able to make headway on these lines!

As his son Amadeo was born in Brazil, it probably makes sense to see what Federigh's and the other surnames can be found in or near Lucca.


I find some findagrave records for Federighi surname, including an Antonio  F (1867-1919) - possibly a brother or cousin to Giorgio, given the time frame.  I mention him as the cemetery is listed as Santa Maria del Giudice Cemetery  


"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2015), Antonio Federighi, 1919; Burial, Lucca, Provincia di Lucca, Toscana, Italy, Santa Maria del Giudice Cemetery; citing record ID 51864617, Find a Grave,


Of course I view that as a secondary level source... 


There's also an Emilio F.   1870-1939.

And a Rosa Michelotti Federighi 1879-1959.



This would take some page by page work -- and you may want to back out of this one step to go to Lucca too -- but this site has images of civil documents:

I've linked it to the place name mentioned. Santa Maria del Giudice

Unfortunately that link only has a limited number of years of relevance...   maybe Lucca has more.

This period may have some more items of relevance - it covers a wider range - until 1861:

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I'm in.  I've managed to locate ancestors from half of my family. I am half Italian and half Canadian and I can't seem to find anything for the Ferraiolo side past my great grandfather.

by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (482k points)
Welcome aboard!
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Dear fellows, piacere! :)

My name is Alexey Dodsworth Magnavita de Carvalho, and I am a Brazilian-Italian citizen, currently living in Venice.

My great-grandfather, Pasquale Magnavita, was born in Paola, Calabria, and came to Brazil (Bahia) in 1898. He wrote a very detailed diary for several decades. His diary starts in 1898 and ends in 1972, and offers precious information about the migration process. I have created some profiles in WikiTree, by taking into consideration the documents and pictures I possess.

I also descend from a couple that came from Piemonte in 1760, and lived in CearĂ¡, Brazil. Their lineage is really huge, they were a kind of "Adam and Eve" in Sobral (CearĂ¡, Brazil), and the number of their descendants ir around 3 thousand people nowadays. Their names were Gabriele Aldighieri and Maddalena Boccardo. I have no idea why they migrated from Europe in that age, but there are some theories they were politically persecuted. I strongly suspect they were born in Borgaro Torinese, since they were baptized in a church dedicated to Cosmo and Damiano.

I am able to communicate in English, Italian and Portuguese. Feel free to keep in touch, and if you are MAGNAVITA, TOSTO, CONDINO, STELLA, DOMASCO, ALDIGHIERI or BOCCARDO, please let me know.

Best regards, vi ringrazio in anticipo.
by Alexey Dodsworth Magnavita de Carvalho G2G Crew (740 points)
Welcome aboard!
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I would like to join. I have had considerable difficulty in researching this branch of my family. My maternal grandfather, at birth, was Antonio Daniel Ronchetti, then was adopted by his Irish step-father and his name became Joseph Halpin. My grandfather was unaware of his real name until, as an adult he got a copy of his birth certificate. He biological father died when he was 3. I know his parents immigrated from Como/ La Cana/ Torino area in the Piedmont region of Italy sometime in the later 1800's. I have been unable to get back further than his parents, Pietro and Julia Ronchetti, and am unaware of my g-grandmother's maiden name.
by Anonymous Murr G2G3 (3.9k points)
Thank you very much Michael!
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Hi I'm researching the Grasso and Barone family's on my fathers side ofrom Catania Sicilia
by Teish Grasso G2G Crew (320 points)
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Hi I'm Emily and I'm new enough to WikiTree to still be adding my GEDCM info.  I am researching three branches of my family in Sicily:

Lorello family from Mistretta

Vetro from Agrigento (family lore indicates the Vetro name may have been taken as an alternate name to provide distance from some family disgrace.  One version I've heard suggested my great grandfather was born around 1873 to a teenager in prison- any ideas how to research that?!??  I've heard the name may have been Bosco)

Magazzi from Cattolica

I look forward to learning from each other on this great adventure!
by Emily Magazzi G2G Crew (320 points)
+3 votes
My Italian roots are fairly distant but it I go back far enough I am related to my husband. The family were from  Lombardy and I have visited several times and have many friends there as well as family.


by J G G2G6 Mach 8 (84.8k points)
+3 votes
I would like to join. My mothers family is from Sicily and my fathers from Abruzzo as best as we can tell.
by Anthony Ferrusi G2G Rookie (290 points)
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I'm in! My father's family is Italian, with my great-great-grandparents immigrating from Sicily in the late 1800's. I have thousands of names collected already, with multiple family trees passed down to me by my grandparents.

by Dominic Scarmardo G2G2 (2.1k points)
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Glad to be here! I just joined WikiTree, and I've created a surname project for the Piscioneri name. I hope others will join in.

My immediate family is from Caulonia. They originally settled in Minnesota, then eventually moved to California in the 1930s. Surnames: Taranto, Vallelonga, Greco, Piscioneri, Geracitano.

Looking forward to getting to know everyone :)

by Marci Abraham G2G6 (10.0k points)
edited by Marci Abraham
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Hi there. My maternal grandmother is from Sicily. I'm researching the Cali family from Villafrati and also trying to locate the descendants of my grandma S uncle's and aunts who moved to the US.
by Jessie Kerkhove G2G Rookie (260 points)
+2 votes
I received a gift the day or so before Thanksgiving.    I had been in touch with someone on one of the Italian lists and he gifted me with my g-gf's marriage notice and marriage record and he translated the important parts for me.  My grandmother was from Alberobello and her father who was single was too but her mother according to the marriage record was a widow from Martina Franca.  The Italian marriage records can be a treasure trove of information.


I'm adding surnames:   Nardelli, Bernardi, Liuzzi, and Bruno
by Angela Grassi G2G6 (6.8k points)
That is great!

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