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  • Azure Robinson - no known Italian heritage.
  • Chris Ferraiolo - I am half Italian on my father's side. My paternal grandfather and his family came from San Pietro a Maida and my paternal grandmother's family came from Gesualdo, Frigento, and Grottaminarda. Both sides settled in Haverhill, Massachusetts.
  • Frank Santoro - From Chicago; half Italian on father's side. My paternal grandfather immigrated from Modugno in Bari; my paternal grandmother's father was a foundling (abandoned child), also from Modugno, who came to the US and married the daughter of immigrants from Termini Imerese in Sicily.
  • I. Caruso
  • Cristina Corbellani


Member Heritage
Michael MarandaMy Italian heritage traces to Ferruzzano, Reggio Calabria and Villa Santa Lucia degli Abruzzi. My ancestors emigrated to New York State, USA.
Latichia GrassoMy father came over from Catania Sicilia to Australia with his family when he was 2
Eric AdducchioAdducchio/Manzo Family immigrated from Duronia, Province of Campobasso, Molise, to Dayton, Ohio and various locations in Argentina.
Michele Camera
Justin CascioI'm descended from Corleonesi through my paternal grandfather and blog about Mafia Genealogy.
Sharon CentanneOne Place Study for Alia, Sicilia. Interested in dozens of families born in Alia and surrounding villages, tracing their ancestors back as far as possible, and their descendants to recent times, where ever they have emigrated. I have started One Name Studies for many of the surnames from Alia and hope to add more in the future. I am also volunteering to be the Library Information Resource person for the Italian Roots project, as I am an experienced librarian familiar with online research.
Enrico Davinistarting 2001 I collected info and documents about the genealogy of my ancestry, who started in Pisa in 1600. By using the internet, I contacted by email Davini, in particular, those living outside Italy, to find and share info about our surname. Immediately I created a website, to share the info progress with all the Davini in the world. In the meantime, over 400 Davini joined my Facebook pages "cognome Davini" e "Davini". During these years, my greatest satisfaction was when I fit new piece of this puzzle: crossing the genealogy of with another, two "cousins" are now in contact or the Davini grandfather's name is discovered. In 2016, my friend Tiziana Cortesi Cortesi-2 who makes a big work about Davini on Antraccoli (Lucca) found the connection of her and my ancestries, so allowing to make the big tree of our ancestry since 1300 with over 4.700 people. Our ancestry is spread in Italy, USA, Argentine, Brazil, France (also Corse) and ????.
Mary Martin DiamanteMy main surnames of interest are Diamante, from Popoli, Abruzzo and Capritta and Bennici from Licata and Sierra di Falco, Sicily. These are actually my husband's family. They all came to the United States in the very late 1800s, settling primarily in the Albany-Schenectady New York area. My genealogy project for June is to clean up their profiles (Ancestry.com GEDcom mess), so I can carry on.
Michael Miller
Susannah ZemkeResearch on families from Bergamo in Lombardy with focus on families of Bossico, Ceratello, Flaccanico, Branico & Qualino (Lago d'Iseo area); multiple Bergamo DNA kits (atDNA & Y-DNA) under my management.
Concetta Phillippsmy Italian heritage is from Vittorio Veneto, Treviso, Italy and its two predecessor villages, Serravalle and Ceneda. My ancestors emigrated to Ohio, USA
Nanette Gahn Pezzuttimy husband's family came from the Comune di Fontanafredda, Provincia di Udine.
K GuerraResearching the Guerra's, the Filice's and the Turano"s of the Italian family.
Giulia (Guthrie) ViscontiResearching Visconti family - I am a very distant cousin of my husband.
Bob Jewettresearching my maternal grandfather's ancestors, family and descendants that remained in Italy. He was born in Domodossola, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Piemonte and the family lived in Premia. His LNAB was Fonti (Fonte in the US) and his mother's LNAB was Albergeretta (Albergetti).
Edward HoganQuarter Italian interested in my Sicilian connection. Bonario, Lavits, Benedetto, Plazzotto, Falco, Salvaggio, Buttecavoli, Messina, Campise, Canatella.
Tony RossMy great great grandfather changed his name from Rosario Greco to George Ross in 1894 when he came to Canada. My interests are the Grecos of Colosimi, Carolei, Nicastro, and San Giovanni in Fiore in Cosenza, Calabria Italy. I am in touch with family in Colosimi, where Rosario was from. Kit # 246925 FTDNA. Greco paternal lineage to 1620. Also interested in the Colosimos, (Di) Fazios, and Cristianos. Willing to do lookups at the Archivio di Stato di Cosenza online if your people are from Cosenza.
Andreas West (Basso)My great grandfather was born in Asiago, Province of Vicenza and his ancestors have been documented there from 1200 onwards. Setting up a OPS page to collect more information about Asiago and it's former inhabitants. Did visit it in 2004 and 2014
Stefano LongoItalian with interest in genealogy, in particular genealogy related to my home town Casalvieri (Fr), Italy. Casalvieri Project
Lance MartinMy great grandfather was born in Chiavenna, Sondrio, Lombardia, Italy. I have had a Y DNA test, but no matches or even close matches. I am concentrating my work on the Chiavenna area, and plan to return there in 1-2 years to do more on sight research. Sondrio Indexing Space
Dennis FerraraThree of my grandparents have origins in the same village, Alia, Palermo Province, Sicily. They came to Louisiana in roughly between 1890 and 1900.
Beverly McGowanMy grandmother was the daughter of Italian immigrants Bernardino Fratoddi born in Montereale, L'Aquila, and Giulia Montagna born in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna. Surnames also include Bonini, Ceretti, Firmi, Pasqualucci, Ricci, and Solieri.
Patti Lucero GraceHi, I am new to WikiTree and would like to thank you for the add to the Italian Roots. My father's family are from Sicily. His father's family is from Corleone & his mother's family is from Caccamo. They came to the US in the early 1900 and settled in Louisiana. The surnames that I am researching are Lucero/Lucera (changed to Lucero after they came to the US), Listi, Medica, Santoro, Mule', Rivaldo, LaCorte, Piraino, Guzzardo, Pentranella, Morello & Sapoeito.
Kim JordanMy paternal great-grandfather, Francesco Giordano (aka Frank Jordan) came from Omignano, Salerno, Campania. Images (but not indexes) of the Omignano civil registrations from 1866 - 1829 are available on Family Search. Since the town is small and there was a fair amount of intermarrying, I have been working on something of a One Place Study by indexing all the names in an Excel spreadsheet. I've completed indexing the deaths from 1875 (when the printed forms started) through 1929 for Omignano. My father's Y-DNA test has not had any close hits, though I have been making connections with his autosomal DNA matches.
Andrew Van DuynMy great-great grandparents were both from San Fele in the Basilicata region. They immigrated to New York City in the 1880s.
Roni LeporeMy paternal grandfather's family came from Giovinazzo, Bari, Puglia, Italy. The Lepore Family immigrated to Hoboken, Hudson County, New Jersey USA in the 1905. Surnames: Lepore, Lasorsa, Russo, Milillo, Cortese, Mazzella, Messatelle, Bavaro, Dellasanti/Della Santi, Carbonara, Piscattelli, DeAngelis, Florentino, Amoriso, Nicoletti, DiPalma, Sigismondo, Amoia, Labambarda, Camporeale, Benienio, Bonifacio
Anthony MagniaReasearching my Paternal grandfather's roots in Magenta, Italy. His family migrated to Victoria, Texas, USA.Their name was originally "Magna" instead of "Magnia". I have more information from other sites, but I just signed up here so I need to work on compiling the info here as well.
Alexey Dodsworth Magnavita de CarvalhoMy ancestors came from Paola, Calabria, and from Borgaro Torinese, Piemonte. I have plenty information on Magnavita family since my great-grandfather (Pasquale Magnavita) wrote a dedicated diary from 1898 to 1972, which tells every single step of his life as an Italian immigrant in Brazil. On the other hand, I am looking for documents about my ancestors that came from Borgaro Torinese to Brazil. They were Gabriele Aldighieri / Augeri and Maddalena Boccardo.
Stacy KroutMy maternal grandfather was Ronchetti by birth. His parents were Pietro (Peter) and Julia Ronchetti (I am not certain of her maiden name). I am interested in learning more of this side of my family. I am sure as information is gleaned, the list of surnames will expand.
G. BartomeoMy biological father is the son of Italian immigrants who came to the US from Montesano sulla Marcellana in Salerno, and his ancestors aren't all from Montesano, which makes it a bit of a journey. On my mother's side, she's half Italian, with her ancestors coming from Genoa (Favale di Malvaro, Verzi, Orero), Palermo (Palermo), and Siracusa (Melilli). Currently working on the Portale Antenati records for Montesano sulla Marcellana and getting them onto WikiTree.
Dominic ScarmardoMy father's family is comprised of Italian immigrants from Sicily that settled in the Brazos Valley in Texas to farm. I am the fourth generation born in the US, as my great-great-grandparents immigrated from Italy, primarily from Poggioreale (in Trapani) and the Palermo area (including Corleone). Surnames include Scamardi/Scamardo/Scarmardo, Mauro, Corte/Court, Dimaria, and Dragna. I am currently working through some family trees that were handed down to me by my grandparents. I am going through these names and creating Wikitree profiles while compiling as many sources as I can.
Steven Christian AmendolaMy paternal line Amendola comes from Sarno, Italy. My great-grandfather Giuseppe, born 1876, emigrated to New York City after being refused payment for the carving and erection of two monumental doors at the entrance to a large estate in Salerno. I'd like to see a photograph of those doors some day. His wife, Giuseppa Grazia Nobila Picarella, also comes from the Salerno province, in Acqualora, but they met and married in New York City. We are closely related to Giovanni Amendola the parliamentary opponent of Fascism and Giovanbattista Amendola the sculptor. Surnames: Amendola, Picarella, Bello, Scarano, Mancuso, Amoruso, Moscatiello, Somma, Agata, Mellone, Guarino, Concheta.
Patti DuroMy husband's family is from Acerra, Naples, Italy. I am researching Duro, Schiavone, Gallo, Caporale, Brucci, Balletta, De Rosa, Sibilio, and many more. I have started a One Place Study project for Acerra, Italians from the town of Acerra in Napoli creating profiles for Italians in Acerra from 1810-1929.
Mark EdrysMy paternal grandfather, though born in New York, was from an immigrant family from Naples, Italy. Due to a family rift going back decades, I don't know much about this branch of my family. I'd love to grow this portion of my family tree, and contribute to the WikiTree.
Lisa Kirtley My great grandparents immigrated from Italy in the late 1800s to Upstate New York. My great grandmother (born 1874) was from Piedimonte d'Aliffe, Caserta, Campania and my great grandfather (born 1863) is reportedly from the area of Naples. I don't have much information about my great grandfather's family. My grandmother never really talked about her family except that when they arrived in America, they wanted to be Americans, so no Italian was spoken in the home and the traditions seemed to, unfortunately, stay in Italy. My great grandfather worked for the railroad and supposedly was killed in a trolley accident in 1903. Those are the only stories we were told. The surnames for my great grandfather's parents are Morfino and Di Fino. I'm hoping to break down the wall I've run into for this part of my family. Surnames for my great grandmother's parents are Guidone and Riccio. I've been able to trace multiple generations back on this side with other surnames of Navarro, Leggerio, Altieri, Matteo, Sanillo, Manzo, Sauro just to name a few.

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