Justin Cascio

Justin Cascio

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Justin P. Cascio
Born 1970s.
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Brother of [private sister (1970s - unknown)]
Father of [private son (1990s - unknown)]
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Justin Cascio is a transgender man, writer, and editor. Raised on Long Island and the Gulf coast of Florida, he's been married twice: once as a woman, once as a man, both times to men named Kevin.

Justin's parents were married in a Roman Catholic church, and baptized both their children as Catholics. Justin's godparents were his paternal uncle and his mother's cousin.

He married for the first time at age 18 and had a son within the year. Justin and his first husband divorced in 1995.

Justin graduated cum laude from the University of South Florida in 1997, with a Bachelors in English, and a concentration in Professional and Technical Writing. He was active in leadership of the USF GLBT Coalition. He transitioned to male in 1999, when he took the name Justin Paul. Justin converted to Judaism through the Reform movement, and was active in the GLBT congregation in St. Petersburg, Beth Rachameem.

Justin's first career after college was in technical writing. While continuing to work in IT, mainly for non-profits in the health care industry, he founded Trans-Health.com, a web based 'zine on transgender health and fitness, with two fellow transgender health activists.

Justin remarried in 2010 to his current husband.

Justin is a former managing editor at The Good Men Project. His nonfiction has appeared at the GMP and elsewhere. He blogs at Mafia Genealogy and One in Six Trans Men (sometimes about genealogy there, too) and administers a 19,000+ member group on Facebook for transgender men. His creative nonfiction focuses on health, identity, and the family, and has been included in two Lambda Literary Award-nominated anthologies.

Justin's genealogical research began with his grandfather's lineage in Corleone, and now focuses on the relationships among the "Fratuzzi," the Mafia in Corleone, and the Five Families of New York. His first print publication on the subject, "A Family business: the Corleone Fratuzzi", appears in a 2016 issue of Informer: The History of American Crime and Law Enforcement. He is currently at work on his first book, a history of the Mafia, for Brill Publishers.

To connect with Justin professionally, see his LinkedIn profile.

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Justin Cascio has Italian Roots.


  • First-hand information. Updated by Justin Cascio 21 October 2018.

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Justin is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
Corleonesi in Sicily and the United States
Members of the Canali family (also spelled "Canale") in Corleone, Sicily
Cascio, lo Cascio, Castro, and di Castro, can all refer to the same families in Corleone, Sicily
My paternal grandfather's ancestors, two saints, and many criminals are from Corleone
Members of the Mafia in Corleone, and Corleonesi immigrants to the US, are my main focus
From a Greek word for "gold," a common name in Corleone, where I am creating profiles for all family members
Unique to the Palermo province, and one of the surnames in Corleone for whom I am creating profiles for all people I encounter, not just known kin
All Italian Mafias and their descendants in North America
Mostly notably infamous gangsters
mafia in Corleone, Sicily
Surname may be unique to Corleone, Sicily
#resistancegenealogy A political tool for reminding Americans where we came from
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I'm wondering how you obtained information on the Firmaturi line. My 3x great grandmother was Lucia Firmaturi who married a Volpe. Having a hard time tracking that line. Please respond jlnyhuis@yahoo.com
posted by Laura Marks
Hi, Justin thank you for your message to me on 9 Feb. I do not know if I am tagged for Fortunata Salerno but I would like to follow. My maternal grandfather is from Altavilla Silentina I think that it is in the region of Salerno? I am with Ancestry.com and researching my family's heritage. If you have any suggestions that will help me please feel free to contact me. My email; philtav@gmail.com.
posted by Philip Tavella
Hi, Justin. In reply to your question regarding Rosa Di Leonardo (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Di%20Leonardo-40), I added a photo of the record and the translation. Any help you can give fixing the source would be greatly appreciated.

The proper category for people who emigrated from Italy to Massachusetts is Category:Immigrants to Massachusetts from Italy. Or you could use the format "Emigrants from <AdminEntity in Italy> to United States", example: Category:Emigrants from Sicily to United States or "Migrants from <AdminEntity in Italy> to <State>", ex.: Category:Migrants from Sicily to New York. Please see Space:Migration_Category_Structure. This policy was officially approved by the community (G2G) over one year ago, consequently, categories of the type "Italian Immigrants.." "Italian Emigrants.." are no longer allowed to remain. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Isabelle R, Categorization project

Hi ,

On behalf of the Connectors Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active. If you are active, please let us know in which ways you are currently contributing to the project.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Michelle ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi, Justin. How are you? I'm a project coordinator for the Italy Project.

I've been reorganizing the categories for the Italy Project and I've noticed that you had some people in Campania that should be nested in a new Category. I put most of your profiles in this category: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Quindici%2C_Avellino I was wondering if you could add your non-open profiles to that category as well. It would be a big help.

Thanks in advance! Feel free to message me here if you have questions. I will do the best I can to answer them.

posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Hello Justin,

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the Project Name. Below is a quick checklist for active members. The project leaders would like you to make sure you have done the following:

1) Checked the Project Page for ways to contribute.

2) Added Project TAG to the tags you follow.

Thank you!

Butch ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Butch Smith
Hello Justin,

On behalf of the Project Black Sheep Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active. If you are active, please let us know in which ways you most enjoy contributing to the project.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Butch Smith ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Butch Smith

I’m assuming your LNAB is Cascio. Do you have any relatives in Chicago? My wife went to school with a John Cascio, and I’m wondering if the is any connection. Bob

posted by Bob Keniston Jr.

Thanks for reaching out. Nice to meet someone with a shared interest of immigrants from Corleone to Texas. I appreciate your efforts to improve and expand the shared family tree on WikiTree. Please let me know if there's anything else I can do to contribute.

Regards, Dominic Scarmardo

posted by Dominic Scarmardo

Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As we always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

posted by Guy Constantineau
Hello, just a word (late) to congratulate you on the contributions you made during the month of November. Whatever the quantity, they are all important.

Your work is appreciated.


Guy Constantineau

posted by Guy Constantineau

Justin is 21 degrees from Donald Howard, 20 degrees from Julia Howe and 21 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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