Do you believe in angels? I’m no expert on spiritual angels so I’ll leave that topic for someone else. But I am an ancestry expert and I can tell you for certain that ancestry angels do exist. In fact, not only do they exist, they’re everywhere. If you research your family history, you’re bound to find one.
Tip #1: Check your surname first Do a quick surname check so you know what kind of search you’re in for up-front. There’s a useful website (www.gens.info/) that maps out where your surname exists in Italy. Just click on the map of Italy until you see the search box up top. Enter the surname in […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]