Chris Ferraiolo
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Chris Ferraiolo

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I have been working on my genealogy since about 2006. On WikiTree, I am a project coordinator for the Italy and Ambassadors projects. I am actively researching my Italian connections. I also work on my Québecois and English sides of the tree, too. If we are related, feel free to send me a message!
Chris M. Ferraiolo
Born 1970s.
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Brother of [private brother (1970s - unknown)]
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Chris Ferraiolo has Italian Roots.
Chris was featured in a Meet Our Members Post on the WikiTree Blog!
WikiTree Day
WikiTree Day Attendee: 2022
Chris Ferraiolo participated with Team Italy during the 2023 Source-a-Thon, adding sources to 000 previously unsourced profiles.

I was born in northeastern Massachusetts and began researching my family roots on in 2006. All my life I've heard stories from both my Italian side and my French-Canadian/American side. I decided to see what else I could find online and I was surprised to find a wealth of information! To this day it honestly surprises me how much information is out there waiting to be discovered.

My grandparents were always willing to give me all kinds of information to help me on my quest to learn more both sides of the family. I've learned some amazing things on this journey and made some amazing friends. Not to mention all the cousins I have found along the way!

Along with my genealogy hobby, I have a webcomic and a show on Youtube where I review comic books. You can find both here:

The surnames I am most interested in researching are on my Italian side as there isn't a whole lot about them in the United States. They are:

  • Ferraiolo
  • Coppola
  • Tedesco
  • Gullo
  • Carrabs
  • Capobianco
  • Forgione
  • Penta

I also enjoy writing, drawing and running. Oh and my last name is pronounced "Ferry-Oh-Low". If you'd like to hear it go here:

Family Tree Rundown

Gen. # Direct Relation to Self Dates of Birth Matches # # Identified in WikiTree % Identified in WikiTree Total # Total # Identified Total % Identified
2grandparent1920s1st Cousins44100%66100.0%
3great grandparent1880s to 1900s2nd Cousins88100%1414100.0%
42nd great grandparent1850s to 1870s3rd Cousins1616100%3030100.0%
53rd great grandparent1810s to 1850s4th Cousins3232100%6262100%
64th great grandparent1780s to 1820s5th Cousins646298.6%12612496.8%
75th great grandparent1740s to 1830s6th Cousins12811489%25423893.7%
86th great grandparent1720s-1750s7th Cousins25615660.9%51039477.2%
97th great grandparent1690s to 1700s8th Cousins51222343.5%102261760.3%
10*8th great grandparent1660s to 1680s9th Cousins102441440.6%2046103150.3%

(* )=Endogamy happens in this generation as people appear more than once in the tree.

One Place Studies

I am studying various places my ancestors came from. On my Italian side, I have ancestors from these parts of Italy:

  1. San Pietro a Maida
  2. Gesualdo

In the summer of 2020, I started an Italians in Haverhill category based on the book by Patricia Trainor O'Mailley. Looking at how many relatives I had living in the city on both sides of the family inspired me to create a One Place Study based solely on Haverhill, Massachusetts. Check it out here: Haverhill, Massachusetts One Place Study

In April of 2021, I created a space page for the Italians in Haverhill category. Check it out here: Space:Italians_in_Haverhill.

In November of 2021, I created a one place study for Gesualdo, Italy. Check it out: Space:Gesualdo,_Campania_One_Place_Study.

In January of 2023, I created a One Place Study for Newburyport, Massachusetts. Space:Newburyport,_Massachusetts_One_Place_Study.

Cousins on Wikitree

Weekend Chat!
Chris Ferraiolo was a Weekend Chat Guest Host March 23, 2018-March 25, 2018; May 25, 2018-May 27, 2018.

Notable Relations

Descendant of PGM migrant Coffin-221 and more!.


  • Entered by Chris Ferraiolo at registration.

DNA confirmations

Paternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Chris Ferraiolo and James Ferraiolo, Parent/Child. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: Parent/child relationship based on 3,449 centimorgans shared across 61 DNA segments; Confidence: Extremely High.

Maternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Chris Ferraiolo and Diane Hamel. Parent/Child. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: Parent/child relationship based on 3,447 centimorgans shared across 54 DNA segments; Confidence: Extremely High.


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Hi Chris!

Thanks for your contributions to Puritan Great Migration (PGM) project profiles.

Like all WikiTree projects we check in with team members periodically to find out about their continued interest in the project. Would you please respond by February 5, 2024, to let us know about your interest:

  1. Would you like to continue as a PGM project team member?;
  2. Do you have any suggestions for PGM Project priorities in the next year (optional)?;
  3. Do you have interest in taking a more active role within the PGM project, and if so, what you might be interested in doing (optional)?

Please respond to this comment on your profile, or if you'd like, send a private message to either Bobbie (Madison) Hall or S (Hill) Willson.

Thanks for all you do for PGM and WikiTree!


Bobbie and Sharon, Co-Leaders, Puritan Great Migration Project

posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Hi Chris, the US Civil War Project is conducting a Check-in for 2024 to see if your still interested/active in the Project.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you. You can click the reply button or message me with your answer. Thank you. Pam Kreutzer, leader of the US Civil War Project

posted by Pam Kreutzer
It's time for the One Place Studies Project Check-In!

We've put together a survey for you to fill out to check in with you, it will only take a moment as there are only a few questions. Filling out the survey lets us know you are still interested in coordinating your study and provides an opportunity for you to share any suggestions you may have for the project.

If you have decided to step away from your study, please reply to this comment to that effect.


posted by Azure Robinson
Thank You so much Chris for helping out incredibly fast with an issue linking a photo to a G2G thread
posted by Jennifer Turner
No problem! =D I'm glad I could help!
posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Chris, for the Italy project I think you all should be aware that the diocese of Agrigento in Sicily released all of the parish registers they had…. some as early as the early 1500s online for free to use on the diocese of Agrigento website.
posted by Michael Meggison
Noted and passed this along to everyone in the project. Thank you!
posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Chris and Penny are 12th cousins

Chris Ferraiolo and Penny (Burt) Palmer are both descendants of Thomas Bell (abt.1610-1655).

1. Chris is the son of Diane Hamel DNA confirmed 2. Diane is the daughter of Natalie Florence Felker (1927-2004) DNA confirmed 3. Natalie is the daughter of Austin Wilfred Felker (1892-1972) DNA confirmed 4. Austin is the son of Wilfred W Felker (1871-1951) DNA confirmed 5. Wilfred is the son of Elizabeth Deborah Fellows (1845-1931) DNA confirmed 6. Elizabeth is the daughter of Mary Ann (Smith) Fellows (1822-1874) [confident] 7. Mary is the daughter of Abigail (Bailey) Smith (1794-1878) [confident] 8. Abigail is the daughter of Molly Standley (1762-1817) [confident] 9. Molly is the daughter of Hannah Lovejoy (1724-1796) [unknown confidence] 10. Hannah is the daughter of Hannah (Austin) Lovejoy (1704-1805) [unknown confidence] 11. Hannah is the daughter of Thomas Austin (1671-1712) [confident] 12. Thomas is the son of Hopestill (Bell) Austin (1644-) [unknown confidence] 13. Hopestill is the daughter of Thomas Bell (abt.1610-1655) [unknown confidence] This makes Thomas the 11th great grandfather of Chris.

1. Penny is the daughter of [private father] DNA confirmed 2. [Private] is the son of Eunice Laverne Hay (1922-1998) DNA confirmed 3. Eunice is the daughter of Irene Blanche (Ferris) Hay (1903-1998) DNA confirmed 4. Irene is the daughter of Olmstead Frank Ferris (1870-) [confident] 5. Olmstead is the son of Frederick Hyde Ferris (1843-1925) [unknown confidence] 6. Frederick is the son of Martha Edgerton (Hyde) Ferris (1820-1897) [unknown confidence] 7. Martha is the daughter of Jabez Perkins Hyde (1791-) [unknown confidence] 8. Jabez is the son of Elizabeth (Brown) Hyde (abt.1751-1825) [unknown confidence] 9. Elizabeth is the daughter of Humphrey Brown Jr (1725-) [unknown confidence] 10. Humphrey is the son of Tabitha (Holdridge) Brown (1703-1759) [unknown confidence] 11. Tabitha is the daughter of Deborah (Elliott) Holdridge (1681-1723) [unknown confidence] 12. Deborah is the daughter of Deborah (Bell) Elliott (1650-1719) [confident] 13. Deborah is the daughter of Thomas Bell (abt.1610-1655) [confident] This makes Thomas the 11th great grandfather of Penny.

posted by Penny (Burt) Palmer
Greetings from the

We're doing our semi-annual check-in with members to see if you have been active in the last six months? Please note that it is a requirement for membership in the 1776 Project that you respond to these check-ins.

Please post your reply as a reply to this message here on your page, for convenience of our record keeping.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Mary Richardson ~ Project Coordinator,1776 Project

posted by Mary Richardson
edited by Mary Richardson

I am very active, I just haven't needed to add anything for the 1776 project in ages. Been busy with other stuff.

posted by Chris Ferraiolo
edited by Chris Ferraiolo
Hi, here's a link to a US Civil War Project Challenge you might be interested in:
posted by Pam Kreutzer
Interesting. But, I have a bit of a big project ahead of me for this spring's connect a thon. Thanks for sharing!
posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Thanks for the update to Name Field Guidelines. Not all projects have a G2G discussion thread about their naming conventions. You said you couldn't find the G2G thread ... if you know there is a thread, let me know & I'll try to find it, but wanted to check with you before I started searching for something that probably isn't there!

Cheers, Liz

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Thanks. I remember making a post about the issues we had with Italian naming conventions. But, I think that was more about the categories. I'm not sure. I'll have to look through my posts.

Glad I could help! I thought there was a thread. Just wasn't sure. Feel free to look!

posted by Chris Ferraiolo
That’s okay. No big deal! Wasn’t sure if the thread existed.
posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Chris when I saw this I thought of you, since Deerfield is in the area where you've done quite a lot of work. Sending it just in case you don't have it and would find it useful. Cindy

posted by Cindy (Bourque) Cooper
Thanks, Cindy! I appreciate it! =D
posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Hi Chris, I just wanted to thank you for all the work you've done to improve the US Civil War Between the States Project. I'm doing a check-in with all project members and wanted to verify that you're still interested in being a member of the project. Also, any suggestions for the Project would be welcome. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

P Kreutzer, US Civil War Between the States Project Leader.

posted by Pam Kreutzer
Hi Chris!

Thanks for contributing to Puritan Great Migration profiles over the last six months. Every little bit helps, so please keep those edits coming!

Like all WikiTree projects we check in with team members twice per year and it's that time again. Please respond within the next two weeks to let me know:

  1. If you'd like to continue as a PGM project team member
  2. If you're happy with the team you're on (Research and/or Profile Improvement) or if you'd like to make a change
  3. Optionally, what you like since the reboot back in May or what you think could be improved. This could be something about Discord, or Google Groups, or managed profile spreadsheets, or challenge participation or really anything. If you like everything the way it is, you can let me know that too :)

If you'd like to tell me about a particular project or family you're working on, I'd love to hear about that as well.

Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks!

Brad Stauf, PGM membership coordinator

posted by Brad Stauf
Hi cousin Chris. I just wanted to say a big thank you for all the work you did on my ancestors during the WikiTree Challenge!
posted by Roberta Estes
Thanks, cousin Roberta! The best part was clearing up and fixing the Drews and Hills with Melanie McComb. Couldn't have done half the stuff without her!

We all did a great job, I think. I'm glad you liked it! =D

posted by Chris Ferraiolo
edited by Chris Ferraiolo
Hi Chris,

We are 8th cousins once removed!

Chris Ferraiolo and Stephanie (Hetrick) Farster are both descendants of Pierre (Clement) Clément dit Larivière (abt.1670-1725).

Hi Chris,

Great work you are doing! From todays Featured connection, I see we are 7th cousins of the French Canadian variety. Always interesting to see how the world is connected. Congratulations on your Feature!

posted by Chad Johnson
Congrats on being WikiTree Person of the Week, Chris!
posted by Steven Greenwood
Thank you, Steven! =D I appreciate it!
posted by Chris Ferraiolo

I am checking in on behalf of the 1776 Project to announce the new project membership requirements and to verify that you are still interested in being a member of the project. All project members are being asked to join one of the project teams and also to make at least one project contribution every 6 months. We are also asking all project members to join the project's Google Group for project communications.

If you are interested in remaining with the Project, please reply to this comment or send me a message, request to join the Google Group, and let us know what team you would like to participate on.

We really appreciate your contributions on WikiTree, and thank you for all your hard work. If you have any questions, please ask. We would also love to hear any feedback you may have for the project.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

SJ - 1776 Project Leader

posted by SJ Baty

Thanks for checking in. I am still interested in being a member. =D Joining the group now. Not sure what I could participate in. Maybe Mass?

posted by Chris Ferraiolo
posted by SJ Baty
I don't see any of the teams listed.
posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Sorry, seeing double after too many edits today:

posted by SJ Baty
No problem. Profile improvements sounds good.
posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Hi Chris. Yes! We are definitely related. I just checked on "Relationship to Me" and this is how we are related. I recognize all the ancestors as my confirmed relatives.

Chris and Jeannette are 7th cousins once removed through Marie Anne Michaud (1676-1755). She is one of our great grandmothers. in my case, through my paternal side. Makes sense; my surname at birth was Martin, French Canadian ethnicity. Also, Acadia and Scottish. Amand Martin is one of my great grandfathers.

I also have Italian ancient roots, most recently discovered in my Ancestry research. happy to have found your message and wonderful research. Your profile page is very well written. Thank you.

Nice work, Jeannette! =D And Thanks!
posted by Chris Ferraiolo
hey chris, im a descendant of Cpl. Jean Landier! Landier-4

i found this page check it out... The contributors visited the supposed home town Dolmayrac and observed records first-hand. There are some conflicting observations but they feel very confident in their findings. happy hunting!

posted by Nate Wolkan
I have been working on pending merges for 2 days. You told me that they counted. I'm pretty sure I should have more than 68 in my team scores. Can you help me understand this?
Hey, Melanie.

They should have counted. I'm not sure how the team scoring actually works because I edited more than 250 times. I think I might have missed the "status" button a few times. Not sure.

posted by Chris Ferraiolo
The pending merges don't have a status button. How can we figure out if they count or if they don't count?
Hi Chris - thanks for connecting with me at RootsTech. I’m looking forward to learning from you! I’m looking forward to connecting the missing pieces from my Canadian family. Looks like you have done some amazing work here.
posted by Emily Hansen
No problem, Emily. If there's anything you need, let me know. I had a lot of help with the Canadian side of things.
posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Hi Chris! I'm Juan Manuel, you might know me from family history fanatics youtube's channel. I have -huge- italian roots, mainly from the north but in the south I just found out to have ancestry in Filadelfia -ex Castelmonardo-, Calabria (Surnames: Sganga, Destito, and Anello).

Also Have ancestry in Pescopennataro, Osimo, Valtellina and Oltrepò Pavese.

posted by Juan Manuel Cardoso
Hi, Juan!

I think I've seen you in the chat a couple times on the channel. I looked at the tree. You should definitely join us in the Italy project. =D It's a very good tree. Filadelfia is in Calabria and I have an Anello cousin. I haven't found the connection, yet. But, I do know that the town is relatively close to San Pietro a Maida and Jacurso. That makes me wonder.

Here's the Italy project join thread:

posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Thank's! I'm new to wikitree, done most of my research in FS and MH. So I'll catch up later with this site. Regards!
posted by Juan Manuel Cardoso
No problem. If you have questions, let me know.
posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Hello Chris, My blog Questions and Ancestors was listed incorrectly as Questions and Answers in the Blog list. Just wanted to let you know. Thanks for the listing however.
posted by Raymond Nichols DD

Thanks for letting me know. I can't edit the page myself. But, I know someone who can. I will get right on it.

posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Hey. It should be fixed by now. Check it out when you have time!
posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Hi, Chris my (very) northern friend!

Thank you for your participation in October 2020’s Source-a-thon. Your contributions helped us to clear over 57,000 profiles that needed sourcing. This makes our Shared Tree all that much better. Also, it's always great to yak with you during the live chats.

Keep up the great work!

Pippin Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Thanks, Pip. One of these days we should be on a stream together. And then nothing will get done. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! I had a good time in the source a thon. =D
posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Chris, I left a comment on Connie Carter's page with a couple of links on Jews in Sicily since she mentioned that in today's livecast. Thanks for being there! - Karen
posted by Karen Lowe
Thanks for helping her out, Karen! I wasn't sure where to find those!
posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Hi Chris! :)

I’d like to invite you to join the WikiTree Ambassadors as part of the Bloggers Team.

WikiTree Ambassadors are volunteers who have taken on the mission of spreading the WikiTree Love across a variety of channels. There are five other teams, if you have an interest in any of them in addition to the Blogging team, just let me know:

Hope to hear from you soon!

Azure Rae ~ WikiTree Ambassadors co-Leader

posted by Azure Robinson
Thanks, Azure! I think I'll be on the Bloggers and Social media team as I am familiar with Social media the most.
posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Hello, Chris, my Italian friend!

Thanks for all the work you accomplished during our Connect-A-Thon 2020. It is amazing how many more profiles were created and added to our Shared Tree. You have every right to be pleased with your efforts!

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Thanks, Pip! Had a great time in the Connect-a-thon!
posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Hi Chris, I would love to participate and better understand the project. North Italy is my primary area of interest and research (especially Piedmonte and Liguria), and I need to learn more about South Italy (particularly Campania). But I am happy to be of use anywhere the help is needed!
posted by Wendy (Wood) Callahan
No problem. I will add you into those areas. =D
posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Ciao, Chris. My husband's family is from Prov. Pordenone. Please keep me on the Italy project and set me on a team from there. Thanks for keeping us organized! -NGP
hi Chris. I am continuing work on the Lombardy region.
posted by Lance Martin
Hey! sorry for a late reply. I'd still like to be interested in the italian project! Preferably the north if that's ok :) thanks
posted by [Living De Mesa]

I expect we may be too distant to have any atDNA matches. I used FTDNA and I am not on GedMatch, so no way to tell right now. Cheers, Jim

posted by Jim LaBossiere
Hi Chris:

Thanks for your comments on Genealogy Squad on FB. We are 7C - 2X removed. Jim

posted by Jim LaBossiere
Re: Hey. Did some DNA confirmation for the Legault kids you manage. It was for the children of Jacques Legault and Delphine Gourgon. Hope things are going good.

Chris, Do you want to manage them?

posted by Dawn Ellis
13th Cousin once removed. Hello.
posted by Marsha Turner
Thanks Chris, Re:UNKNOWN-74581 I took care of it.
posted by Anne B
Hi Chris,

We realise the time has come to dissolve the UK Project in favour of the individual country projects of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

We are checking in with all UK badge holders to find out which country project(s) you would like to be in so you can collaborate with other members, have the opportunity to select which team(s) you would like to join, and so we can ensure you have all the correct badges.

Please respond by PM to let us know which country project(s) you would like to be in. Please don’t assume we know. We are effectively starting from scratch to make sure no one falls through the cracks.

Once you have done this, the Coordinator for Membership in the relevant country project(s) will be in touch to help get you situated.

Many thanks,


posted by Susie MacLeod
Hello Chris,

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in for the Acadia Project

We are sorry to hear that you are not currently active, but we understand that interests shift as we grow our shared tree and that some members may have moved on to projects more pertinent to the branches they are currently building. Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin should your interests shift back in this direction.

Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it.

Karen ~ Volunteer Coordinator

It is indeed :-)
I sent you the message at the right time then :-)
Thanks Chris, that was the fastest response I have ever had.

Take care Karen