Posts tagged with ‘Italian genealogy researcher’

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The myth that refuses to die: “Ellis Island changed our name”

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In honor of Ellis Island’s 120th anniversary, 1892-2012 Originally published in the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF’s) Ambassador Magazine How do you wipe out a myth that is so pervasive, so persistent, so popular, that if it were a book it would’ve spent a century on the bestseller list? Maybe you can’t, but I think […]

A Peasant’s Pride Still Inspires, 150 Years Later

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For Rocco Siciliano, and All of Our Roccos, Past and Present  If you ask my friends they’ll tell you I’m rarely at a loss for words. I spend a lot of time in libraries (digging through family history records) but that hardly means I’m the quiet, library type! So imagine my surprise when I came across a […]

To Know Yourself, Know Where You Came From

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To Know Yourself, Know Where You Came From Casa di Amore does, and it Shows I come across interesting stories all the time as a family historian. Maybe you have seen some of my previous articles — like the one about the immigrant who missed an earthquake and tsunami that flattened his town by mere days—but […]

Two People, Two Countries, One Dream

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“Last of the Capizzis” no Longer In his own words, Giuseppe was the “last of the Capizzis” in his hometown, near Licata, Sicily. Some relatives left for the US long ago and lost touch over the generations. The ones that stayed behind had all passed away. He always hoped that a long-lost relative from the […]

Italian vacations get personal: Ancestry tours take off

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I got off the phone with Monica Surfaro Spigelman and was reminded why I keep a box of Kleenex on my desk. I’m fortunate enough to have a job that often brings me to tears (the happy kind), and it was Monica’s retelling of her trip to Italy that had me reaching to dry my […]