Frank Santoro
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Frank V. Santoro
Born 1970s.
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I was born at Lutheran General Hospital (Now Advocate Lutheran General) Park Ridge, IL in 1970[1], the first-born son of Frank Santoro and Victoria Matz. We lived in Portage Park, Chicago, IL until July 1977 when we moved to Algiers, New Orleans, LA. We lived there until 1984 and then my father's job took us to the Atlanta, GA area. We lived in Roswell, GA and I graduated from Marist School in Atlanta in 1988.[2].

I was a band nerd in high school and wanted to become a band director like my mentor. So I started attending Loyola University in New Orleans, LA, studying music education. Over Thanksgiving break in 1989, my parents died in an automobile accident. I had given a nice girl a ride home from New Orleans and her family took me in. I lived with them in Lilburn, GA and began attending Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, majoring in Accounting (on the theory that I was good at math, and therefore would be good at accounting). I moved to an apartment in Stone Mountain, GA in 1990, and then bought a house in Lawrenceville, GA. I graduated from Georgia State with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1993. I liked tax, so I started work on a Master of Taxation degree at Georgia state and received that degree in 1996. I moved to a house in Lake Claire, Atlanta, GA that year, started working for a global accounting firm, and received my CPA license in 1997[2].

I kept up my music chops (I am a tuba player) by participating in various community bands and ensembles, with the occasional paid gig. In January 1998 I joined the Seed & Feed Marching Abominable, whose mission is to bring the gift of music to those who don't know they need it. The membership secretary (aka "Roster-Meister") was a cute saxaphone player named Sarah Evans who went out of her way to make me welcome, and ensured there was a delay in my phone number being added to the band's automated calling list so that she could personally call me and inform me of upcoming gigs. One night I gave her a motorcycle ride from practice to our regular watering hole and back, and a whirlwind romance got under way. Our third date was basically a weekend in Charleston, SC at the Spoleto Festival, where the band performed in several "unofficial" appearances. I knew that Sarah, a theology school graduate, would be moving to Missouri in July to take a new job as a United Methodist pastor, so we agreed to try a long-distance relationship[2].

I visited Sarah in her new digs later in July, and we got engaged shortly after. We married in 1999 in Kirkwood, MO (near St. Louis) and I moved in with her in Kirksville, MO (not near St. Louis), a town of about 17,000 and the largest metropolis for 90 miles in any direction. Kirksville was a bit of a culture shock for me as the smallest place I had ever lived previously was New Orleans. I worked part time with a local CPA firm and taught accounting classes at Truman State University (one of many claiming the informal moniker "Harvard of the Midwest"). Small-town life was too much for us (probably more for me than for her) and we sought a move. We moved to Midway, just outside Columbia, MO, in 2000. I had a testicular cancer scare in 2004/2005, with some surgery and chemo and more surgery but have been "clean" since 2006.

In 2007 we adopted a son and Sarah decided to go on family leave, so we needed to find a new place to live. So I picked up a job with my old global accounting firm and we moved to Albany Park, Chicago, IL in 2008. In 2010 I started work with Uncle Sam and am currently employed there[2].

After a couple of years of living the condominium life and navigating Chicago Public Schools, we decided we needed a change so we headed for the nearby suburb of Skokie, IL, where we have lived since 2015. I keep myself busy by refereeing soccer games when the weather is nice around here (April - October)[2].

Genealogy Stuff

I've worked on genealogy off and on starting in the early 1990s but really got back into it over the past couple of years. I love my Italian and Polish roots and hope I can keep making my tree deeper and wider.

I started indexing the civil records for my paternal grandfather's hometown of Modugno, in Bari. I've set up a website to share the results, which are being continually updated. I am one of the leaders of the Italy Project here and also help moderate some Italian genealogy groups. I have probably researched/indexed/translated more than 30,000 Italian and Latin language records over the past few years, so if you need help, let me know!


  1. State of Illinois Certificate of Live Birth # 112-70-084100, August 25, 1970. Illinois Department of Health - Bureau of Vital Records. Personal copy in the files of Frank Santoro.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 First-hand information. Entered by Frank Santoro at registration.
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal AncestryDNA test match between Frank Santoro and R.F., his 2nd cousin 1x removed. Their most-recent common ancestors are Lorenzo Palmisano and Giuseppa Lazio, the great great grandparents of Frank Santoro and great grandparents of R.F.. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 3rd - 4th cousin, based on sharing 75 cM across 5 segments.
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Frank Santoro and his second cousin Lisa Santoro. Their most-recent common ancestors are their great grandparents, Giuseppe Santoro and Anna Straziota. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 2nd-3rd Cousins, based on sharing 269 cM across 19 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Frank Santoro and his first cousin once removed (J.L.). Their most-recent common ancestors are Josef John Liss and Clara (Brodzinski) Liss, great grandparents of Frank Santoro and grandparents of J.L. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 2nd-3rd Cousins, based on sharing 306 cM across 17 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.

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posted by Azure Robinson
Oh wow thanks for all that! I’m new to wiki tree and I haven’t checked out the Italian project yet or any of their resources so I will. It seems to depend on the quality of the scan whether I can decipher the cursive or not because some are pretty clear and I can begin to make out the words, but not so much on others. Where would I search to find out which of my great grandfathers was the mayor as per family stories?
posted by Gina Lo Monaco
The mayor is often the official named in civil records as the "Uffiziale dello Stato Civile", so start by looking at records from the years in question.

The Italian Wikipedia article on Casteldaccia has a list of mayors but it only goes back to the late 1980s.

posted by Frank Santoro
Ok which database would I use? Since it wouldn’t be births deaths marriages?
posted by Gina Lo Monaco
No, you would look look at birth / death / marriage records to see who is the "Uffiziale dello Stato Civile", because it's usually the mayor.

For example, in the 1950 death records of Casteldaccia, the beginning of the record after the date says "Avanti di me Sig. Virruso Bartolo, Sindaco ed Ufficiale dello Stato Civile del comune di Casteldaccia". So Bartolo Virruso was the mayor at the start of 1950.

posted by Frank Santoro
Hi Frank! I just got done loading the information you gave me into the family tree, so exciting! One thing I noticed was I may have identified which of my great grandfathers was murdered by the mafia because he is listed as deceased at the time of his sons marriage, and that adds up more accurately with the family story my grandfather told me. Is there anyway to verify who was mayor of casteldaccia at that time? My guess is that the one murderer was Pietro Lo Monaco, father of Michele. Who you just researched his early death matches up with the story, but I don’t know if he was really mayor or perhaps an influential political character. If we could verify something like that, then we would know that he was for sure the one who was murdered by the mafia according to family stories. Let me know if you’re interested in helping hunt this story down!

Molto molto grazie!

posted by Gina Lo Monaco
Oh Frank! Thank you so much for the genealogy you’ve done for my family tree! You are an absolute treasure! I look at the same manuscripts and I just see scribbles!! You have a talented eye and I’m grateful! Keep digging!
posted by Gina Lo Monaco
Just seeing scribbles is a sign that you need to start looking through these yourself and practicing how to decipher them. There is a resource on the Italy Project page for learning how to read the handwriting.
posted by Frank Santoro
Also I’d love to know who the parents of Giovanna Orlando and Pietro Lo Monaco were! I’d add the brother and sister combo you dig up to their sibling profiles but I can’t until I know who their parents all were!
posted by Gina Lo Monaco
I put their parents' names in their respective biographies. You can add them as profiles.
posted by Frank Santoro
Oh my gosh! Thank you so much! This is amazing! 🤩 How far does this log go back? I can’t make out the writing very well. Did you see dates?
posted by Gina Lo Monaco
Sicily civil records go back to 1820. Normally what I do is when I have a birth record, I go back year by year (or every two years; Italian couples tended to have a baby about every other year) to find older siblings until I don't find any more kids. Then I look for a marriage record within 0-2 years of the earliest child. The marriage record will have fairly solid ages for the spouses which were verified by birth or baptismal records (as opposed to the ages given for parents on birth records, which are self-reported and generally not very reliable).

On Giovanna's birth record her father is listed as 42 and her mother as 39, so I would expect to find several more kids going back at least 10, maybe 15 or 20 years.

Pietro's father is listed as 32 and no age is given for his mother. So work your way back.

When you get the marriage records of Giovanna's and Pietro's parents, just rinse and repeat. Just as a warning, the records from 1866-1874 are all written out in longhand (no preprinted forms) so they can be tough to read until you get more experience. Before 1866 it's all preprinted forms again but you'll need to move from FamilySearch to the Antenati site.

Recommend you start boning up on our Italian Project resources:

P.S. I'm going to modify the profiles of the mothers of Pietro and Giovanna. When Italian women marry, they don't change their surname - they keep their birth surname until death. Unless they moved to a country where it is traditional for married women to use their husband's surname (like the US), they would never be known by their husband's surname, only their own (i.e., their father's) surname.

posted by Frank Santoro
Thank you so much for finding those marriage papers of my great aunt in Sicily! I think I may have met one of their sons, michele Cusimano when I went back there as a teenager but I’m not sure. I also met a peppina (Giuseppina) Cusimano, very old in 2001 but I’m not sure how we were related .

I don’t know the birthdates or birth order of any of pietro Lo Monaco and Giovanna Orlando’s kids either but I met the last living child also in 2001. I forgot her name. If we knew the birth and death dates of them then I’d know who I met! LOL I was a teenager then, it was a long time ago but I wish I remembered now!

posted by Gina Lo Monaco
Thank you so much for all of your time and the research notes on the Passalaqua family. I am looking forward to getting these branches added to the tree and for these ancestors to have their names back. Very much appreciated!
posted by Roxanne McHatten
Oh gosh thank you so much for finding my great grandfather and his family!!!!
posted by [Living Witt]
Hello Frank! DNA says we're distant cousins. You match both my mother (15.0cM) and me (7.4cM) somehow with all the Sicilians we've added to Wikitree, the link isn't there yet, but maybe soon!
posted by Bill Sirinek
Frank, thank you (and Chris) for organizing the Italy project! I was wondering whether others, especially those new to Italian research, would find it helpful to have a section on how to get started. It could include links to the obvious FamilySearch archives, and Antenati, and perhaps also some websites that I use for translating occupations. If there were something on how to translate Latin marriage records, that would be helpful to folks too. And anything else members might suggest. Just a thought. Jaci
posted by Jaci Coleman
Yes! That's an amazing resource that Vinny put together -- more stuff than I knew of. I had never seen that document before, so maybe we don't need one of our own. I just recall that during the Saturday morning webcast that Chris held a few weeks ago, there were questions about how to do research in Italy. Thanks for pointing out one heck of a fine resource. Maybe potential members would benefit from a section that just contains links to documents such as this, so they don't have to find them on their own? Thanks again for this.
posted by Jaci Coleman
Hi Frank.....I added the rest of my Familysearch tree to my WikiTree but I don’t know how to transfer the source list for each member to my WikiTree. I’m such a dope about how to copy sources from other sites. I see that I can add the Familysearch url but need to add source separately for each member don’t I? You added many family members to our family search tree with sources that I can use.

I don’t want to break the Wiki rules about sourcing so I need your guidance.


You may want to pay your question on the G2G board. I'm not exactly sure what you're asking. But often times Family Search records have detailed source citations that you can copy and paste.
posted by Frank Santoro
Frank....thx so much for updating my tree for Francesco Ciccarelli. You are a gem !

Joyce Michel

Hi Frank...I’m new to WikiTree but have a Geni and Family Search tree for the Ciccarelli family from Montemaggiore Belsito, Palermo and the Yandoli (Iandoli in Italy) family from Bellizzi Iperna and Avellino, Avellino, Italy areas.

I’m still navigating and have to set up my tree on this site. Hopefully someone can help me find my Ciccarelli and Iandoli family in Italy beyond my ggf. I’ve hit a brick wall! I’m a newbie with genealogy also.

J. Ciccarelli

You already had the parents of Francesco Ciccarelli/Ciccarello as named on the extract of his birth record in the marriage allegati on Family Search: Onofrio Ciccarello and Carmela Mesi. Carmela died sometime before Francesco's 1875 marriage.

Similarly, the death records for Pasquale Militello and Rosolia Geraci, which someone already attached to their profiles in Family Search, also have the names of their parents.

posted by Frank Santoro
Ciao! This is just a general check-in for members of the Italy project. I am checking to see who is still interested in being a member of the project as we go through some much needed restructuring. I was also wondering what teams you would like to be on. We’ve created teams for each part of Italy. North, South, Islands etc. They will be explained further in an upcoming g2g post. Stay tuned. For now, please let me know if you are still interested in the project and if you’d like to be a member of a team. (You know I could have just e-mailed you....Message me on Discord.)
posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Thanks, Frank!

I saw that you added a lot of information to my family tree (Aiosa and others); I have not yet examined them, but I wanted to thank you immediately. Maurizio

posted by Maurizio Aiosa
Way to go Frank ! Congratulations again.
wonderful wikitreer
Frank Santoro is a Wonderful WikiTreer.
Congratulations Frank !
wonderful wikitreer
Frank Santoro is a Wonderful WikiTreer.
Thank you for helping clean up some of the profiles I entered as well as entering more information/sources!

The first profiles I put in back when I started on my Sicilians in February 2018 probably just said something like “termini imerese records”. I’ve since learned to cite the termini database correctly!

posted by Bill Sirinek
Thank you Frank for all your help. I appreciate the time you have put in to help me with my tree.
posted by Kathy (McKennon) Landi
Frank, Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz!

Pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants, thus coordinating with others is essential.

I see you have joined two projects, Polish_Roots and Italian_roots projects. Thanks.

If you have questions, just ask on my page.

Mary ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by Mary Richardson
You are a star! Thank you so much for the information you sent. This is exciting beyond anything I could have hoped for!
posted by Sharon Caldwell
Frank - a quick question about the document you so kindly transcribed and translated - am I right in assuming that Nicola is the name of the grandmother and Verrolini Aremisia the name of the grandfather?
posted by Sharon Caldwell
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posted by David Selman
Welcome to the Poland Project, Frank.

posted by Maggie N.
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