Lucy (Selvaggio) Selvaggio-Diaz
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Lucy (Selvaggio) Selvaggio-Diaz

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Lucy A. Selvaggio-Diaz formerly Selvaggio aka Chestnut
Born 1960s.
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of DNA confirmed and [private mother (1940s - unknown)] DNA confirmed
Sister of [private sister (1960s - unknown)], [private brother (1960s - unknown)] [half], [private brother (1960s - unknown)] [half] and [private brother (1970s - unknown)] [half]
Mother of [private son (1980s - unknown)], [private daughter (1980s - unknown)], [private son (1980s - unknown)] and [private son (1980s - unknown)]
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Lucy (Selvaggio) Selvaggio-Diaz is a Military Veteran.
Served in the United States Army 1981-1988 attaining Sergeant/E5
Trained Soldiers for Desert Storm
Lucy (Selvaggio) Selvaggio-Diaz has Italian Roots.
Descendant of Salvatore Selvaggio.
Lucy (Selvaggio) Selvaggio-Diaz is a member of the Selvaggio Name Study Project.
Lucy (Selvaggio) Selvaggio-Diaz is a member of the Ream Name Study Project.

I am officially 60 years old and it's time to revamp my profile and make it useful. Not that I am not still useful in and of myself, but you know what I mean. I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. I think that is very cool, but I was a military brat and my parents divorced when I was still an infant. My mother took me and her pregnant self and moved back to New York, where she was from, and we lived with her parents on Long Island. I joined the US Army in 1981 during an economic recession. I found out I loved the discipline of the military (don't tell anyone) and planned to be a lifer. Alas, that did not work out as I divorced and had four children to care for. Things happened, and then my sister invited me to accompany her on a genealogy road trip. Well, that escalated fast.

Research Interests

I have started a Ream surname project, please join me! The Ream family is one of our most enduring brick walls.

Edward and Clara (Ream) Williams.

This is Clara Ream with her ENGLISH husband, Edward Williams. I stress the English because Clara was Pennsylvania Dutch all the way! They are not known for marrying outside their community, even today! I wondered how they met, but since she was a domestic, working for a family that may have had a home in Philadelphia part of the year, and he was a shoemaker, perhaps he made their shoes. Clara's father was Andrew J. Ream and if you known anything about the Ream family, you would know that everyone was named Andrew J. Ream. My Andrew was a day laborer and lived in Reading, Pennsylvania. There were other Reams living in Reading when he was, but most of them had skills, like tinsmithery, or were professionals, and I can't find a connection, yet.

I have started a Selvaggio surname project, please join me! This is my very own surname. When I divorced I didn't change my name, but when I remarried I wanted it back. I grew up hating my last name because no one could pronouce it. I was embarrassed. Now I even like my first name. The Selvaggios were from Palermo, Sicily as far back as I have been able to trace. Salvatore Selvaggio, my great-grandfather, was probably the first to emigrate to the US. He lived in Brooklyn, New York and worked on the docks all his life. Other researchers had always recorded is date of birth as about 1868. This date matched census records, however, I found his birth registration on FamilySearch among the Italian records that have not been indexed. Interestingly, his was a late registration. His birth was registered in 1868, but he was actually born in 1865. So there you have it! I have found one new fact about an ancestor! I thought I was so smart and made a free space of Italian vs. English words commonly found on these records only to find that someone else already posted it to WikiTree, but now I can't find it.

I have recently adopted a Betts surname project. The Betts family was one of the first I researched. It was already pretty well documented and was a good way learn a little about family research. Now, it seems no one is researching this name and it needs some work. I have yet to get is up and running. I am a direct descendant of Thomas Betts of Guilford and Norwalk (or is that Norwalk and Guilford)? Anyway, my great-grandmother was Emily Ada Betts. She married into the Williams family that was part Ream (see above). She was the second wife of Joseph Williams whose first wife died leaving an infant son. There was also another Betts Family that settled in Long Island, New York. One of the brothers, also named Thomas, lived in Norwalk at the same time as Thomas Betts of Guilford and Norwalk. They were about the same age too.


There are too many projects and challenges that interest me, but I'll get it together one day!

Locality Guides

Lucy (Selvaggio) Selvaggio-Diaz is 36% Italian.
Lucy (Selvaggio) Selvaggio-Diaz is 25% German.
Lucy (Selvaggio) Selvaggio-Diaz is 14% French.
Lucy (Selvaggio) Selvaggio-Diaz is 12% English.
Lucy (Selvaggio) Selvaggio-Diaz is 11% Irish.

DNA Confirmations

  • Maternal and Paternal relationships are confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Lucy Selvaggio, Ancestry Member: luseaann, and her sister Donna Selvaggio, Ancestry Member: DLS. Their most-recent common ancestors are their parents, Sal Selvaggio and Marilyn Tenny. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA : Full Sibling, based on sharing 2,623 cM across 40 segments.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Marilyn Tenny, Ancestry Member: MT and her daughter Lucy Selvaggio, Ancestry Member: luseaann. Their most recent common ancestor is Marilyn Tenny. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA : Parent/Child, based on sharing 3,488 cM across 24 segments.

I'm trying to do some work on the Taranto surname. I think they are from Palermo, like all my other Italian ancestors. I have a new DNA cousin who thinks they are from somewhere else. We are trying to find our connection. She is 92 years old and her grandfather, Carmelo Taranto, was the immigrant. He never talked about his family. He was one of the people who started the Italian Vault in Galveston, Texas. All her other relatives are non-Italian, so it stands to reason that is our connection. I think her grandfather was the cousin of my 2x great-grandmother.

Paternal Surnames
AlicataArenaBilleci CataniaCompagno
Maternal Surnames
BettsBurkeDröscher GrossHogan
ReynoldsSeymourTennyThöne or Thon or ThonyVaughan
WilliamsWißler or Wissler
Palermo, SiciliaDeutchland (Freiburg, Swartzwald)Wales (really Canon Pyon, Hereford)
England Brooklyn, New YorkReading, Pennsylvania
Ireland (Counties Cork and Tyrone) MassachusettsConnecticut

Dropcaps are neat
They give that traditional book look.


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Ciao! I created a thread for the Italy project teams here:

I hope you check it out. If I have you down for a team, let me know. If you still haven't decided, feel free to comment. Thanks!

posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Hello, Lucy!

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

PS: The weather is wonderful and the mountains are beautiful in North Carolina! :-)

posted by Pip Sheppard
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 said something about Sicily, right? Want to be on the islands?)
posted by Chris Ferraiolo
Hi Lucy, I saw your comment on Marie (Fevord-) Smith [[1]]

Did you find out anything after your "poke around?"

I'm working on her and her supposed husband - William Smith.

The DNA administrator on William's profile has admitted that her surname is probably an educated guess from her researcher.

I think I forgot why I was "poking around" and just thought "cool!" I'll look at it again tomorrow.
It's ok if you don't have the time, Lucy. I just thought that if you know anything, I would want to know about it now as well, since I'm working on the profile and we're both interested in New York. Thanks for the comment, you made on the profile, though, cause it made me perk up and take a good look. Have a nice evening.
Hi there, Lucy!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared (over 200!) made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Lucy this is a reminder that the monthly Connectors Challenge is supposed to be posed on the EVENING of the 14th of each month. Also be sure to include the correct dates on each challenge - last month's incorrectly had December on it. Also the title for last month just said APRIL but the Connectors Challenge crosses the monthly border, so for example, this month's title should show "2020 Apr-May" and the correct time period is 2020/Apr/15 to 2020/May/15. Thanks
posted by N Gauthier
German Betts or English? (I have German-- was Betz)
posted by Jillaine Smith
English Betts. I descend from Thomas Betts of Guilford and Norwalk. I do have two distinct German lines, both from Freiburg, Baden area. Ream or Riehm and Thoene and various spellings. The Reams came to Pennsylvania in the early 1700s and were ancestors of my maternal grandmother. Thoene was my maternal grandfather's father. He came to New York in late 1880s as a teenager and orphan.
Hi Lucy,

It has been a few weeks since we contacted you about your participation in the Disasters (and Titanic) Project and as we haven't heard from you, we are following up to make sure you wish to remain a member.

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. If this is the case for you, please let us know.

If we do not hear back from you within the week, we will assume you have moved on to other things for the moment and remove you from the project. 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.

Regards Joan

Hi Lucy,

Just dropping a line to say it's time for the next Connectors Challenge when you get a moment! Thanks for all you do for the Connectors project :-)


posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
Hi Lucy,

On behalf of the Disasters (and Titanic) Project Leaders we are carrying out a check-in to see how all the members are doing and taking the opportunity to thank you for all your hard work in the past.

We have recently made a lot of changes. We are changing the focus of the project to include more about people involved in disasters and the effect it had on them and their families. We have divided the project into teams. Please have a look

Please let me know, by comment on my profile or a private message, whether you are still active in the project, and which team(s) you would like to work with. What are you enjoying most about being in the project? What would you like to see improved or changed?

We're looking forward to hearing back from you,

Joan and Lizzie

Incredibly great work during the 2020 Scan-a-thon! Our Tree has been enhanced by your efforts to preserve photos and documents, Lucy!

The Appreciate Team THANKS YOU!

Pippin Sheppard Appreciation Team Member

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Lucy,

Could you remove The Great War sticker? Note: I don't think you died in that war! (Also, when you do use that sticker, the correct term is World War I, at least for sticker use. Thanks, Natalie, Categorization

posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott
Hi Lucy,

I never got a chance to say thank you for taking on the Connectors Challenge each month! I appreciate it on behalf of the Connectors project. You're doing great :-)


posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
Thank you Abby. I am still not used to doing it and am terrified that I am going to miss posting it on time! I guess it will take a few more months.
Hi Lucy,

Welcome to the Titanic Project :-) Thank you for adding the tag to your profile and updating the Titanic Project Page.

I’m looking forward to working with you!


Hi Lucy,

It's almost time for the 2019 Source-A-Thon, and I'm excited to be on the Mid-Atlantic Team with you! Thank you so much for leading our team. Good luck with your sourcing tis weekend, and have fun. ~ Star

posted by Star Kline
Thanks so much for helping with the Black Sheep profiles!

It is greatly appreciated.


posted by Susan McNamee
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 Lucy!

The Appreciation Team thanks you for all for your hard work for reaching 1000+ (actually, over 1200!) contributions for the month July 2019. Onward and upward!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
On other stuff as usual ;) but added an 1890 Veterans Schedule for one of the 55th when I ran across it: - Company F gent.
posted by K Raymoure
Hi Lucy

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the Categorization Project. 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] for ways to contribute.

2) Added Categories to the tags you follow.

3) PMed the project leaders with your email address to be added to the [1].

4) Bookmarked the [2] to monitor the project watchlist.

Thank you!

Karen ~ Volunteer Coordinator

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