The translation of a will dated 1760 and its analysis… on YouTube!!!

Every research job shows new challenges: unknown archives to visit, mysterious families to discover, brand new problems to face.

Every customer pushes me a step forward, allowing me to do new experiences.

But among these, ROBERT SORRENTINO (at Italian Genealogy) is the one who really drives me to do frightening things such as… making a video and post it on YouTube!

If it weren’t for him, you would never hear me speaking and probably never see my face: I am too shy for this sort of things! But Robert was wonderful at guiding me through this unexplored territory made of videos and podcasts, so… THANK YOU ROBERT!

I would never have the courage to do it on my own!

The job he had asked me was the analysis of the will (dated 1760) of an important member of Robert’s aristocratic family: his 6th great uncle Gaspare De Riso.

It was a very interesting document with an enormous amount of info about the family members and their wealth, who allowed Robert to get as deep as knowing the ancestor’s psychology and thoughts.

His was – of course – a lucky situation which is more often to be found among noble people, but if your ancestors were farmers or smiths or even foundlings, do not despair! Perhaps, somewhere there’s a document that tells a lot about them the same. Finding it, it’s just a question of patience… and luck!

If you want to watch our Zoom chat and to learn more about the De Riso will and Robert’s aristocrat family, click on the following links.

Do not forget to check Robert’s blog https://www.italiangenealogy.blog/  with many interesting podcasts and contents.

And if you have an amazing story to tell about your family, get in touch with Robert: he will be happy to drive you to the world of podcasts as he did for me!

Have a nice watch!

Listen to the podcast on Buzzsprout at:

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1018771/8224692

Watch the video on YouTube at:

https://youtu.be/W40Um_vys1Q

Check Robert Sorrentino’s blog

https://www.italiangenealogy.blog/translation-of-italian-records/

Try Rumble ( it’s like YouTube if you have not heard of it )

https://rumble.com/vf4mlv-italian-record-translation-eg-ancestry-research.html

Finding Your Roots with Christopher Meloni

OK, here we are!

After 16 months, the episode of Finding Your Roots with Christopher Meloni was finally aired!

A shot from PBS’ Finding Your Roots – Season 7 Episode 4

PBS had contacted me in September 2019 and hired me to research the genealogy of their guest, the Italian-American actor Christopher Meloni.

It was a brand new challenge for me, that I tried to accomplish as best as I could, working for 5 days and in 8 different archives in Liguria and Emilia Romagna.

In the end, the result was:

– two family trees (for two different family lines) totalling 49 direct ancestors

– the most ancient ancestor, Christopher’s 8th great grandfather, born around 1630

– 4 military lists

– identification of 2 houses where Christopher Meloni’s ancestors had lived

– 1 notary’s deed for the purchase of a house

– 1 local history book that a priest gave me as present

– maps, picture of places and other documents

and, of course, many stories of people who lived, worked, married and died without leaving a sign in this world except for their name in the parish records: men who were farmers, others who died of an epidemic, families who were fostering foundlings and – of course – the most striking story, that of Christopher’s great-grandfather Enrico Melone, a baby who was abandoned at birth.

It was clear from the beginning that this would have been the key story of the show and although PBS dropped all the rest – the vast majority of my job – it is clear that they couldn’t do anything else: there must be a single story or two to focus the attention on.

So, you will never know the rest about Christopher’s ancestors, I am sorry!

But don’t worry, there are other interesting and touching stories to discover: those about your own family!

Some pictures of Velva, the place where Christopher’s ancestors were from: an amazing, picturesque village on the Ligurian hills. The town center does not have roads, only stone stairs and narrow paths.

Old registers
The Missano church with the typical risseu: decorations for squares and courtyards made with small, round stones in different colors

Link to access the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypu_dq64ZHs

Some interesting stories discovered in 2020

A foundling who was named after an island

A man who fought with Garibaldi

A woman who said she had fought with Garibaldi (in fact, she was interned for that)

An ancestor who was killed by a man

An ancestor who killed a man (well, a different case than the one above, of course)

A family who emigrated for the sake of a train

An ancestor who died for the sake of a train

A woman who had 16 children

A man who had 40 grandchildren (at least)

Many ancestors who died because they ate too much polenta

Many ancestors who fought at our Independence Wars

An ancestor who rescued people under an avalanche

An ancestor who was in a secret society (you may wonder why I know that, if it was secret…)

An ancestor who, 400 years ago, was living in a house that was 400 years old (and it’s still standing and inhabited, by the way)

And then farmers, smiths, builders, beggars, merchants, soldiers, inn-keepers, shop-owners, stone cutters, artists, Carabinieri and a few nobles, too.

I am looking forward to 2021 to discover which other amazing stories are there, just waiting to be brought to light.

A podcast to tell the story of a MYSTERIOUS LADY IN BLACK, of TRACI from Utah resarching her, and of a woman who had her destiny changed for this (ME)

A new, amazing experience was offered to me by Bob Sorrentino and his blog www.italiangenealogy.blog/ as I was proposed to record a podcast together with my friend Traci Stevens Callister from Utah.

Use the link below to listen to the amazing story of Traci’s research of her ancestor – the mysterious Lady in Black – how this brought her to an adventurous journey to Italy and to unveil her genealogy as far back as 1600!

You will also discover how this unknown Lady born in the 19th century tangled with my destiny and changed my life forever!

Thank you to Bob for hosting us and giving us a voice to tell our story!

If you have an interesting story about genealogy to tell the world, get in touch with him!