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Mar21st2014

Ciolli Ancestral Lines in Pescasseroli and Opi Italy

by  Phyllis Zeck

Below is continued research from Kathy at GenTracer.  She has dug deeper into our family roots to uncover more about our Ciolli ancestors.  This may be the last research project that Kathy is able to give to us from the United States.  When I met with Kathy in Salt Lake City last month she said that continued research could be done at the family church, the Parish of St Pietro & St Paolo in Pescasseroli.  However researching the church records could be tricky.  The church index is by first name, then by last name (in Latin form).  

I was able to add many new names to my Ancestry.com tree such as Baldassare Ursitti and Alessandro Cucuzza (my 5th great grandfathers) and Maxine Serone (my 5th great grandmother).  Click here to read some Family Group Records and Source Citations.  Thank you Kathy, for your research.

Click here for some updated reports:   
GEDCOM Del Principe, Mattio Mar 25, 2014
GEDCOM Ciolli, Medici Carmine Mar 25, 2014
GEDCOM Ursitti, Baldassare Mar 25, 2014

Click here to see more family Pedigree views:

Del Principe Family Tree

The research goal was to extend ancestral lines in Pescasseroli and Opi, L’Aquila.  The project began with the birth, marriage and death records of Opi for 1828-1837 (FHL #1227908). They included:

#2, (source #1) the marriage of Angelico Ursitti to Nunziata Maria Celesta d’Arcangelo, filed on 2 October 1831. The groom was 33 years old, born in Opi and a landowner living in Opi. He was a son of the late Domenico Ursitti and of Nicodema Serafina Cocuzza, a landowner living in Opi. The bride was 20 years old, born in Opi and living in Opi. She was a daughter of Filippo d’Arcangelo, a landowner living in Opi and of the late Mariantonia Bevilacqua. The list of allegati (supplementary documents filed in connection with this marriage) included the birth extracts of the bride and goom, the death of the late Domenico Ursitti (the father of the groom), the death of the late Baldassare Ursitti (the paternal grandfather of the groom), the death of the late Mariantonia Bevilacqua, mother of the bride. The margin note on the far right shows that this wedding occurred on 30 December in the parish of Opi. This is longer than usual between the intention and the marriage, but since both the bride and groom were landowners, that made them just below nobility in social stature and this might have been an enormous wedding celebration that took a long to time plan and organize. Of course, it’s also possible that a family member’s ill health delayed the wedding. Source #1

2, (source #2) the marriage processetti (supplementary documents) for the above marriage. This 8 page file started with an extract of the birth of the groom. This extract was produced by the parish of Santa Maria Assunta in Opi, click here for a 360 degree view of the church. On 17 November 1798 was the baptism of an infant born the same day at 1700 hours. The child was born to the married couple of Domenico Ursitti, son of Baldassare Ursitti of Opi and to Nicodema Serafina Cucuzza, daughter of Alessandro Cucuzza and Maxine Serone of this place and named Angelico [Ursitti]. 

Page 2 was an extract of the birth of Nunziata Maria Celesta d’Arcangelo, filed on 9 May 1811 in Opi. The birth was reported by Filippo d’Arcangelo, a citizen, 26 years old and living on strada la Piazza #77. the female child was born at 3 am on 8 May to his legitimate wife, Mariantonia Bevilacqua. She was a daughter of Agostino Bevilacqua and of Barbara Norci, residents of the town of Gallinaro (Frosinone province).

Pages 3-4 were an extract of the death of Domenico Ursitti in the town of Villetta (L’Aquila province), filed on 21 May 1829. The death was reported by Arcangelo Celiolonio, 42 years old and a laborer and by Benedetto Clemente, 22 years old and a quarry worker living in this town. The death occurred on 21 May. He was from Opi and at the hospital in Velletta. He was 60 years old, born in Opi and a landowner who lived in Opi. He was a son of the late Baldassare Ursitti, a landowner who lived in Opi.

Page 4 was an extract of the death of Baldassare Ursitti reported in the parish of Santa Maria Assunta in Opi. It was reported on 18 December 1790. He was from Opi, about 59 years old. He received the last rites. His son was Domenico Urisitti.

Page 6 was an extract of the death of Mariantonia Bevilacqua, filed in Opi on 7 August 1822. The death was reported by Carlo di Vito, 35 years old and a landowner living in Opi and by Gioacchino Rossi, 51 years old and a landowner living in Opi. She died on 6 August, was 30 years old and the wife of Filippo de Arcangelis. She was born in Gallinaro and a landowner living in Opi. She was a daughter of Don Agostino Bevilacqua, a landowner living in Gallinaro and of Barbara Norci, a landowner living in Gallinaro. Pages 7-8 were another copy of the Solemn Promise to Marry located above (Source #1). Source #2

The birth, marriage and death records of Pescasseroli for 1812-1817 (FHL #1360874) included:

#2, (source #3) the marriage of Leonardo Antonio Visci to Donata Cesidia Gentile, filed on 21 June 1813. The groom was 19 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasseroli. He was a minor (under 21 years) son of Nicolangelo Visci, 60 years old and a shepherd living in this town and of the late Maria Domenica Ciolli. The bride was 23 years old and a homemaker living in this town. She had reached her majority (over 21 years) and was a daughter of the late Antonio Gentile and of Lucia Santercole, 50 years old and a homemaker living in the home of her late husband and giving her consent. The intended wedding was announced on 6 June and 13 June. Source #3

#8, (source #4) the marriage of Ascenzo Notarantonio to Maria Luisa Ciolli, filed on 28 September 1815. The groom 22 years old and a landowner living in this town. He was a minor child (under 21 years) of Nicola Notarantonio, 56 years old and a landowner living in this town and of Scolastica Mascia, 46 years old and a landowner living with her husband and giving consent. The bride was 20 years old and a landowner living in this town. She was a daughter of Fortunato Ciolli, 60 years old and a landowner living in this town and of Gemma d’Arcangelo, a landowner, 60 years old and living with her husband and giving consent. This intended marriage was announced on 17 September and 24 September. Source #4

 

 
 

Oct17th2011

Historical Records for Del Principe – Part 2

by  Phyllis Zeck

Below is continued research from Kathy at GenTracer.  She has dug deeper into our family roots to uncover more of our Del Principe ancestors.  Click on the page above titled “Del Principe & Ciolli Family Tree” to see more charts like the one below.


Documentation from GenTracer:

The goal of the Zeck #4A research project was to comb through the civil registration records of Pescasseroli, L’Aquila in order to extend the client’s ancestral lines.  Emphasis was to be placed on the Ciolli and Del Principe families.  However, any other family lines could be extended where needed.  Because the targeted family members of this project were born and married before civil registrations began, our search was limited to the death records of Pescasseroli.

The project began with Raffaele Ciolli and his wife, Speranza Tudini.  In previous research their marriage was sought but not located.  As Raffaele and Speranza were noted as alive in the marriage banns for their son Pietrantonio Amabile in 1854, their death records were searched for after that year.  The death indexes of Pescasseroli were examined for 1854-1857 (FHL #1360904), death records for 1858-1861 (FHL #1360905), death records for 1861-1863 (FHL #1360906), and death records for 1864-1865 (FHL #1360907), the last available year of the microfilmed civil registration records of Pescasseroli.  Their deaths were not found. (more…)

 
 

May4th2011

Historical Records for Ciolli

by  Phyllis Zeck

Below is the historical documentation about my great grandmother’s family (Elvira Ciolli).  Thank you to my cousin Joe for collaborating with me on this project and thank you to Kathy from GenTracer for her research.  The photo below of Ann and Mary was contributed by Allen and Marie, my Ciolli cousins.  It was taken in Cicero Illinois.

 

Esperanza Ciolli’s Daughters 1919 Ann and Mary

Note below that some of the Ciolli children were delivered by midwives with the last name of Di Nella and Vitale. These last names appear over the years in our family tree.

I don’t have a completed “Family Group Record” because all birth records could not be obtained by our researcher, Kathy from GenTracer.  She explains the reason for this below.

There is some confusion as to the year Elvira was born.  I have recorded her birth year based on the information on Elvira’s death certificate.

My conclusion as to the children born to Pietroantonio Amabile Ciolli and Filomena Ursitti are:  Gemma Nicolina born 28 Jun 1855 (married ?? Leone), Oreste Emilio Fortunato born 25 Aug 1856 (married Maria “Mary” Giusta Criola), Maria Celestina Belisena born 26 Feb 1859, Cesidia Bibbia born 12 Sep 1860, Florindo Ercole born 16 Dec 1862 (married Maria Conacci), Bibbiana Celestina born 19 Jan 1865 (married Basilio Di Nella), Elvira born 08 Nov 1874 (married Pietro Giovanni Del Principe), Carmino “Charles” born 20 Mar 1875 (married Anna D’Aquila), Speranza “Mary” born 06 Feb 1877 (married Joseph Leone), Ester date of birth unknown, Angelica date of birth unknown (married Pasquale Neri),  and Henry date of birth unknown.

Documentation From GenTracer:

Elvira and one of her sisters

The goal of this research project was to trace back the ancestral line of Elvira Ciolli, wife of Pietro Giovanni del Principe, in Pescasseroli, L’Aquila, Italy.

The first step was to discover when Elvira immigrated to the U.S. and to glean as much information about her from her immigration record as possible. On the Ellis Island Website (www.ellisisland.org), a search was conducted for Elvira Ciolli or Elvira del Principe. Only one match was located: Elvira Ciolli, age 25, who arrived on board the S.S. Weser on 21 August 1893. Three children accompanied Elvira: Antonio del Principe, age 4, Giuseppe Del Principe, age 3, and Amelio Del Principe, age 2.  There was no name of the town that Elvira and her family had emigrated from, only that she was from Italy. Her destination was Illinois but there was no category on the manifest where the name and address of persons being visited in the U.S. could be listed.

Initial information on Elvira Ciolli suggested that Pescasseroli, L’Aquila was her home in Italy and that she was born about 1874. Her passenger record however stated that she was 25 years old when she arrived here in 1893, making her birth year about 1868. Because the civil registration records of Pescasseroli only cover the years 1809 to 1865, it would be impossible to obtain her birth record from the microfilms of the Family History Library, regardless of whether she was born in 1868 or 1874.

At this point it seemed that the only way to identify the ancestry of Elvira Ciolli was through her siblings, who could have been born to Pietrantonio Amabile Ciolli and Filomena Ursitti, in 1865 and earlier. The research now turned to the births of any children of Pietrantonio and Filomena and also the marriage of the couple in Pescasseroli. The following children were found:

The births of Pescasseroli for 1864-1865 (FHL #1360907) included #2, the birth of Bibbiana Celestina Ciolli, was filed on 19 January 1865 in Pescasseroli, by Gemma di Nella, age 53, a midwife residing in this town. Bibbiana Celestina was born on 19 January 1865 to Amabile Ciolli, age 34, a pharmacist, and Filomena Ursitti, age 27, a property owner, residents of Pescasseroli. Bibbiana was baptized on 19 January at the parish church in Pescasseroli. Bibbiana Celestina Ciolli was married to Basilio Di Nella, son of Vincenzo Di Nella, on 18 August 1883 in Pescasseroli.2 (Document 2)

The births of Pescasseroli for 1861-1863 (FHL #1360906) included #85, the birth of Florindo Ercole Ciolli, was filed on 16 December 1862 in Pescasseroli, by Gemma di Nella, age 50, a midwife residing in this town. Florindo Ercole was born on 16 December 1862 to Amabile Ciolli, age 32, a pharmacist, and Filomena Ursitti, age 25, a property owner, residents of Pescasseroli. Florindo was baptized on 16 December at the parish church in Pescaserroli. Florindo Ercole Ciolli was married to Maria Filomena on 24 August 1891 in Pescasseroli. 3 (Document 3)

The births of Pescasseroli for 1859-1861 (FHL #1360905) included #89, the birth of Cesidia Bibbia Ciolli, was filed on 12 September 1860 in Pescasseroli, by Gemma di Nella, age 48, a midwife residing in this town. Cesidia was born on 11 September 1860 to Amabile Ciolli, age 30, a pharmacist, and Filomena Ursitti, age 22, a property owner, residents of Pescaserroli. Cesidia Bibbia Ciolli was baptized on 12 September in the parish church in Pescasseroli.4 (Document 4)

#5, the birth of Maria Celestina Belisena Ciolli, was filed on 26 February 1859, in Pescasseroli by Battista Vitale, age 71, a midwife residing in this town. Maria was born on 26 February 1859 to Amabile Pietrantonio Ciolli, age 28, a pharmacist, and Filomena Ursitti, age 21, a property owner, residents of Pescasseroli. Maria Celestina Belisena Ciolli was baptized on 26 February in the parish church in Pescasseroli.5 (Document 5)

The births of Pescasseroli for 1854-1858 (FHL #1360904) included #85, the birth of Oreste Emilio Fortunato Ciolli, was filed on 25 August 1856, in Pescasseroli by Innocenza di Nella, age 77, a midwife residing in this town. Oreste was born on 25 August 1856 to Amabile Pietrantonio Ciolli, age 26, a pharmacist, and Filomena Ursitti, age 19, a property owner, residents of Pescasseroli. Oreste Emilio Fortunato Ciolli was baptized on 25 August in the parish church in Pescasseroli. Oreste Emilio Fortunato Ciolli was married on 4 August 1884 to Maria Giusta Criola, daugher of Geremia Criola in Pescasseroli.6 (Document 6)

#62, the birth of Gemma Nicolina Ciolli, was filed on 29 June 1855 in Pescasseroli by Innocenza di Nella, age 73, a midwife residing in this town. Gemma was born on 28 June 1855, to Pietrantonio Amabile Ciolli, age 25, a pharmacist, and Filomena Ursitti, age 18, a property owner, residents of Pescasseroli. Gemma Nicolina Ciolli was baptized on 29 June in the parish church in Pescasseroli.7

The same film included the marriage of Pietrantonio Amabile Ciolli to Filomena Ursitti was not located during the above search. Nor was it found in the Pescasseroli marriage records back to 1852. However, the first and second marriage banns (intentions) were finally located in 1854 as follows:

#10: Parte Prima, 16 July 1854, the notification of the solemn promise of marriage between Pietrantonio Ciolli, son of the living Raffaele Ciolli, and the living Speranza Tudini, and Filomena Ursitti, daughter of the living Angelico Ursitti, and the late Annunziata de Arcangelis.

#10: Parte Seconda, 31 July 1854, the notification of the intended marriage of Pietrantonio Ciolli, age 24, a pharmacist living in Pescasseroli. He was a son of the living Raffaele Ciolli, a land owner, and the living Speranza Tudini, residents of Pescasseroli, and Filomena Ursitti, age 17, daughter of the living Angelico Ursitti, a land owner, and the late Annunziata de Arcangelis.9 (Document 9)

Even though there was notification of the marriage of Pietroantonio Ciolli to Filomena Ursitti in 1854, their marriage record could not be located. A search was made of the marriage index for that year, and the actual marriage records were examined one-by-one. The un-indexed processetti (marriage supplement) records of 1854 were also searched from beginning to end with no results, but that isn’t conclusive either way. It is possible that Pietrantonio and Filomena were married in another town, but there was no indication of that in the notification documents since both the bride and groom were living in this town with their parents.

It is more likely that they married in the church in Pescasseroli and didn’t register the marriage with the civil authorities. There were some groups who refused to register their marriages with the civil authorities because it was a holy rite.


 

 
 

Apr2nd2011

Historical Records for Del Principe

by  Phyllis Zeck

Gilbert Guy Del Principe (my grandfather)

As promised in the previous blog here are some of the documents I received from Kathy at GenTracer.

Click here for Family Group Record Sheets for: Cesidio Gaetano del Principe, Mattio del Principe, Donato del Principe, Cesidio Boccia, and Antonio Gentile.  Family Group Records

Click here to print the Pedigree Chart for my great grandfather Pedigree Chart for Pietro Giovanni Del Principe .

Here are instructions from Kathy about how to read documents that are written in Italian.  Reading a birth document,  Reading a marriage document, and Reading a death document

Doumentation From GenTracer:

The birth, marriage and death records of Pescasserroli for 1854-1858 (FHL #1360904). The marriage of Vincenzo del Principe with Lionarda Liboria Rossi, filed on 15 July 1856.  Vincenzo and Liboria (Birth and Marriage) 4 pages.

The first page was the birth extract for Vincenzo del Principe, filed on 2 July 1830 in Pescasserroli. The birth was reported by the midwife. The male child was born to the married couple of Annamaria Boccia, 23 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli and Gaetano del Principe, 31 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli on 2 July 1830 in their family home. The right column shows that he was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli.

Page 2 was the birth extract for Lionarda Liboria Rossi, filed on 23 March 1832 in Pescasserroli. The birth was reported by a midwife. The female child was born to the married couple of Giovanni Rossi, 40 years old and a laborer living in Pescasserroli and Maria Rosaria del Principe, 41 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli on 23 March at their family home. The right column shows that she was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli.

Pages 3-4 were the marriage record of Vincenzo del Principe with Lionarda Liboria Rossi, filed on 15 July 1856. The groom was 26 years old, born in Pescasserroli and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli. He was a son of Gaetano del Principe, a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Annamaria Boccia, a spinner living in Pescasserroli. The bride was 24 years old, born in Pescasserroli and living in Pescasserroli. She was a daughter of Giovanni Rossi, a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Maria Rosaria del Principe, a spinner living in Pescasserroli. The right column shows that this wedding occurred on 15 July in the parish of San Pietro and Paolo in Pescasserroli. Source #2

The birth, marriage and death records of Pescasserroli for 1851-1854 (FHL #1360903). #81, the birth of Pietro Giovanni del Principe,  Birth Record of Pietro Giovanni Del Principe filed on 24 June 1853. The birth was reported by a midwife. The male child was born to the married couple of Gaetano del Principe, 46 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Annamaria Boccia, 40 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli on 24 June in their family home. The right column shows that he was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli. Source #3

#7   The first page was the birth extract for Samuele Nicola del Principe, filed on 13 February 1824 in Pescasserroli. The birth was reported by a midwife. The male child was born to Beatrice Criola, 36 years old and a landowner living in Pescasserroli and Francesco del Principe, 38 years old and a landowner living in Pescasserroli on 13 February in their family home. The right column shows that he was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli.

Page 2 was the extract of the birth of Maria Domenica del Principe, filed on 28 February 1833. The birth was reported by a midwife. The female child was born to the married couple of Gaetano del Principe, 31 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Annamaria Boccia, 27 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli on 28 February in their family home. The right column shows that she was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli.

Page 3 was the extract of the death of Beatrice Criola, filed on 21 April 1848. The death occurred on 20 April at her home. She was the wife of Francesco Saverio del Principe, a farmer in Pescassedrroli. She was 59 years old, born in Pescasserroli and a spinner living in Pescasserroli. She was a daughter of the late Nicola Criola and the late Donata del Principe.

Pages 4-5 were the solemn promise to marry for Samuele Nicola del Principe with Maria Domenica del Principe, filed on 3 August 1854. The groom was 30 years old, born in Pescasserroli and a laborer living in Pescasserroli. He was a son of Francesco del Principe, a laborer living in Pescasserroli and the late Beatrice Criola. The bride was 22 years old, born in Pescasserroli and living in Pescasserroli. She was a daughter of Gaetano del Principe, a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Annamaria Boccia, a spinner living in Pescasserroli. The right column shows that this wedding occurred on 3 August in the parish of San Pietro and Paolo in Pescasserroli. Source #4

The birth, marriage and death records of Pescasserroli for 1847-1850 (FHL #1360902). They included: #54, the birth of Maria Scolastica del Principe, filed on 17 June 1849. The birth was reported by a midwife. The female child was born to the married couple of Gaetano del Principe, 42 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Annamaria Boccia, 38 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli on 17 June in their family home. The right column shows that she was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli. Source #5

The birth, marriage and death records of Pescasserroli for 1843-1846 (FHL #1360901). They included: #59, the birth of Gerardo del Principe, filed on 24 May 1844. The birth was reported by a midwife. The male child was born to the married couple of Gaetano del Principe, 40 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Annamaria Boccia, 38 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli on 24 May in their family home. The right column shows that he was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli. Source #6

#28, the birth of another Gerardo del Principe, filed on 7 April 1846. The birth was reported by a midwife. The male child was born to the married couple of Gaetano del Principe, 45 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Annamaria Boccia, 36 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli on 7 April in their family home. The right column shows that he was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli. Source #7

The birth, marriage and death records of Pescasserroli for 1839-1843 (FHL #1360900). They included #38, the birth of Berorda del Principe, filed on 2 May 1842. The birth was reported by a midwife. The female child was born to the married couple of Gaetano del Principe, 40 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Anna Maria Boccia, 35 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli on 2 May in their family home. The right column shows that she was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli. Source #8

The birth, marriage and death records of Pescasserroli for 1836-1839 (FHL #1360879). They included #15, the birth of Antonio Luigi del Principe, filed on 12 March 1839. The birth was reported by a midwife. The male child was born to the married couple of Gaetano del Principe, 37 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Annamaria Boccia, 33 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli on 12 March in their family home. The right column shows that he was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli. Source #9

The birth, marriage and death records of Pescasserroli for 1833-1836 (FHL #1360878). They included: #6, the birth of Maria Domenica del Principe, filed on 28 February 1833. The birth was reported by a midwife. The female child was born to the married couple of Gaetano del Principe, 31 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Annamaria Boccia, 27 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli on 28 February in their family home. The right column shows that she was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli. Source #10

#10, the birth of Lucia Carmina del Principe, filed on 2 March 1836. The birth was reported by a midwife. The female child was born to the married couple of Gaetano del Principe, 34 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Annamaria Boccia, 30 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli on 2 March in their family home. The right column shows that she was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli. Source #11

The birth, marriage and death records of Pescasserroli for 1828-1833 (FHL #1360877). They included: #11, the marriage of Gaetano del Principe with Anna Maria Boccia, filed on 6 September 1829. The first page was an extract of the baptism of Cesidio Gaetano del Principe on 18 March 1799 in Pescasserroli. He was born to Mattio, son of the late Donato del Principe and Maria Scolastica, daughter of the late Anseleto Salterelli, a married couple.

Page 2 was an extract of the baptism of Annamaria Boccia on 11 July 1808 in Pescasserroli. She was a daughter of Cesidio, son of the late Michele Boccia and Domenica, daughter of the late Antonio Gentile, a married couple. Page 3 was an extract of the death of Mattio del Principe, filed on 20 November 1816 in Foggia. The death occurred on 19 November. He was from Pescasserroli, 55 years old and a farmer living in Foggia on strada Cattiglima. He was a son of the late Donato del Principe and the late Maria Tarquinio.

Page 4 was an extract of the death of Donato, son of the late Mattio del Principe on 8 September 1786 in Pescasserroli. Page 5 was an Death extract Maria Domenica Gentile on 25 April 1820 in Pescasserroli. She was the wife of Cesidio Boccia, 40 years old and born in Pescasserroli. She was a spinner living in this town. She was a daughter of the late Antonio Gentile, a shepherd of this town and the Lucia Sant’Ercole, living in this town.

Page 6 was the solemn promise to marry. Pages 7-8 were the solemn promise to marry from the marriage book, filed on 6 September 1829 in Pescasserroli. The groom was Gaetano del Principe, 30 years old, born in Pescasserroli and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli. He was a son of the late Mattio del Principe and Maria Scolastica Saltarelli, a spinner living in Pescasserroli. The bride was Anna Maria Boccia, 21 years old, born in Pescasserroli and living in Pescasserroli. She was a daughter of the Cesidio Boccia, a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and the late Domenica Gentile. The wedding occurred on 6 September in the parish of Pescasserroli. Source #12

#55, the Birth of Vincenzo del Principe, filed on 2 July 1830. The birth was reported by the midwife. The male child was born to the married couple of Annamaria Boccia, 23 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli and Gaetano del Principe, 31 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli on 2 July 1830 in their family home. The right column shows that he was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli. Source #13

I did not scan every document as a pdf file for this blog.  As time permits I will try to scan and add them all.  Now I wait patiently for Kathy to return from her month long research trip to Italy so that she can mail us our records for the Ciolli side of the family.  Thank you GenTracer!

 
 

Mar25th2011

GenTracer

by  Phyllis Zeck



The Church of San Pietro and Paolo in Pescasseroli

In the winter of 2010 my cousin Joe and I began corresponding regularly about our family history.  I told him I felt I’d gone as far as I could with my independent research.  My daughter and I had searched the micro film at the Family History Library in Portland (see blog from Dec 23, 2010) for the birth record of my great grandfather Pietro and were unsuccessful in finding it.  Joe had begun correspondence with the parish priest at the church of San Pietro and Paolo in Pescasseroli in the hopes of obtaining the birth record of his father Giuseppe Florian who was born in 1889.

We decided we could use a researcher of our own.  How would we find someone?  I have been watching the tv show Who Do You Think You Are.  The featured star always has their documents ready to view when they arrive at their research facility.   This was not going to be the way it worked for us.

I wrote to some professionals who posted their services on Ancestry.com but received half hearted responses.  Then I stumbled upon a website called GenTracer.  Kathy Kirkpatrick specialized in Italian research, and she lived in Salt Lake City so she had access to the Family History Library.  Her fee was low, she responded quickly to our emails, she seemed like the perfect fit.  And she was!  Within one month we had our report in hand.   Thanks to GenTracer we are now able to fill in many gaps in our family tree.

Kathy’s report told us that “women used their maiden names throughout their lives. Italian naming patterns result in the first born son and daughter being named for the father’s parents, while the second son and daughter are named for the parents of the mother.  If one of the children with an important name dies, the next child born of that sex is given that name”.

Click this link to see a PDF file which shows the family tree more clearly:
Pedigree Chart for Pietro Giovanni Del Principe

Click this link to see a PDF file which shows family group records (it takes a few seconds to open): Family Group Record Del Principe

I thought my great grandfather Pietro had no siblings. Wrong!  Cesidio Gaetano Del Principe and Annamaria Boccia had many children.  Annamaria Boccia was the daughter of Cesidio Boccia (Cesidio’s father was Michele Boccia) and Maria Domenica Gentile (Maria Domenica parents were Antonio Gentile and Lucia Sant’Ercole).

Cesidio and Annamaria’s first born child was named Vincenzo, then came Maria Domenica, Lucia Carmina, Antonio Luigi, Berorda, Gerardo, another Gerardo born 2 years later, Maria Scolastica , and Pietro Giovanni.  Joe and I now know our great grandfather Pietro was given Giovanni for his middle name.

Cesidio Gaetano Del Principe was born in 1799 and was the son of Mattio Del Principe and Maria Scolastica Salterelli (daughter of Anseleto Salterelli).  Thanks to Giovanni Del Principe I know that Cesidio’s siblings were named: Donato, Francesco Mattia, Michelangelo, Domenico Leonardo and Giustino Gennaro.

Mattio Del Principe was born in 1761 and his parents were Donato Del Principe and Maria Tarquinio.

Donato Del Principe was born in 1744 and his father was named Mattio Del Principe.  Unfortunately we don’t know the year that Mattio was born.  I’m guessing it would have been around 1700.

Wow!  This was a lot of information to take in but I was excited that I could now document the Del Principe name 7 generations back.

Kathy from GenTracer also supplied us with official records that I will scan and add to my next blog.  If you can read Italian, you’ll be thrilled.  If you can’t read Italian, it’s still pretty exciting to skim the birth, baptism, marriage, and death records of our ancestors.