"A family tree can wither if nobody tends its roots."

Aug27th2011

Margrette Elvira 1919 – 2011

by  Rob Winike

Like my sister Phyllis, I don’t remember Aunt Margie. But I just recently talked to her younger brother, John Junior, about Margie, and now I have a greater appreciation for the many people in our family she touched and influenced.

John Del Principe is 69 now, living in Southern Illinois, and has some fine memories of talks with his sister. He said Margie had already moved out of the house when he was adopted by their father, Uncle John. She was some 30 years older than he was. But she always treated him well, as did her husband, Al Vitullo. John would often visit them at their two Italian beef sandwich restaurants. The first one was on the corner of Cicero and Arlington Streets, which she opened in partnership with her friend, whom he remembers as a lady named Carm. That was the beginning of the Del Principe family’s long-standing history of beef stands.

My sister Phyllis has posted a blog and photo of the second beef stand, where she writes, “Margie and her husband Al Vitullo owned an ice cream store under the El tracks on Hoyne Ave and added the sandwich to the menu.  Their most popular beef stand was located at Cicero Ave and Kammerlig St.” (See blog dated Jan 4, 2011).   According to John Jr., this was across the street from a huge railroad manufacturing plant owned by the Pettibone-Mulligan company, a historic part of Chicago’s phenomenal rapid growth at the turn of the century. He remembers that when he would visit Margie there, he saw massive lunch crowds from the factory, and long lines of customers eagerly waiting for Margie’s delicious beef sandwiches.

In the front row from right to left: Leona & Margie (John’s children)

He remembers that Margie and Carm got into the beef sandwich business around 1948, after they had become friends with Ralph Scala, who operated an Italian Beef packing company on West Harrison Street, along with his brother Robert. Scala’s was established by their father, Pasquale, in 1925.

This is all an important part of the history of the Taylor Neighborhood, in the heart of one of Chicago’s most classic Italian neighborhoods. Margie’s contribution to her family, neighbors, and many customers through the years cannot be underestimated, and is much appreciated. She was among the oldest surviving members of the Del Principe family, was much loved, and will always be a blessed part of our family history.

 

 
 

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.


 

 
 

Apr17th2011

Lisa & Mark visit Pescasseroli, Italy

by  Phyllis Zeck

Last month Lisa & Mark visited Europe and one of their stops was Pescasseroli.  Lisa’s great grandparents were Pietro Del Principe and Elvira Ciolli.  Pietro and Elvira’s youngest son was Frank.  Frank’s son is Frank Jr. (Luke) and Lisa is Luke’s daughter. Whew, kind of confusing isn’t it?!  Lisa and Mark live in Arizona  and they have been looking forward to this trip to Europe since last fall.  Lisa’s email to me said “The trip was great, we had a blast.  Pescasseroli was one of the highlights of the trip.  The drive from Rome to Pescasseroli was very picturesque.  The town is quite a bit bigger than I thought it would be.”

Lisa and Mark stayed at Salvatore Toscano’s Bed and Breakfast – Via Della Piazza. Salvatore’s great, great grandmother Ester and my great grandmother Elvira were sisters.  They also met Salvatore’s mother, Ester Saltarelli.    Then they visited with Giovanni Del Principe.  I am very jealous!  They have graciously agreed to let me post some of their photos in my blog, thank you Lisa & Mark.

Pescasseroli is a town in the province of L’Aquila in southern Abruzzo.   A summer and winter resort, it is the headquarters of the Abruzzo National Park.   The monument below (I believe it is a WWII monument) was funded mostly by money sent from America. Click on any of the photos below to enlarge them, click on the back button to return to the blog.

Homes in Pescasseroli

Monument

 

 

 

 

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The Fontana di san Rocco

Piazza Sant' Antonio

 

 

 

 

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Next are photos from our family church in Pescasseroli.  Chiesa Dei Ss. Apostoli Pietro E Paolo was founded in 1100.  Below is a link to a very interesting article about a Church in Buffalo, New York and a statue of the Madonna that was brought to Buffalo by Gaetano Del Principe.  I don’t believe I am directly related to this Gaetano Del Prinicipe, his family appears to have settled in New York in the early 1900’s.

“The statue of the Madonna is a copy of the one in Pescasseroli, Italy and was brought here from Italy by the efforts of Mr. Gaetano Del Principe. It was beautifully adorned with a hand embroidered white dress and blue mantle that was made by several members of the Society.” xx http://www.stlawrencebuffalo.org/devotion.shtml

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are photos of Salvatore taking Lisa and Mark to the Ciolli home, the arch leading to the home, and snapshots of the area around the home.  Although the home no longer is owned by Salvatore’s family, they still own the storage area below the home which is just inside the Arco Ciolli.

Ciolli Arch

Salvatore

Back of the Ciolli Home

Homes in the area

Salvatore's storage area

Ciolli Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are photos of Salvatore Toscano’s Via Della Piazza Bed & Breakfast.  This is a link to his website http://www.viadellapiazza.it/

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Salvatore, Salvatore's Mother, and Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

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While in Pescasseroli Lisa and Mark checked into “The Book” that was mentioned in my previous post (March 12, 2011).  The book appears to have been published by the community and it is about the people and landmarks in Pescasseroli.  Salvatore checked with his mother as to the name of the woman at the wake and she believes the woman is Filomena Ursitti (my great great grandmother).  The last photo is the remains of a castle which was destroyed by an earthquake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are photos of Chiesa Del Carmelo

 
 

Apr4th2011

Paulo

by  Phyllis Zeck

I don’t have much information about Paul.  He was married to Mary and they had three daughters.

One daughter Dorothy was killed by a truck when she was young.  Dorothy (in the photo to the left) is 3 years old.

Their twins were named Paulette and Toni.  The top left photo is of Paul and Mary with the twins. The bottom right photo is of Edith with the twins.  Click on any photo to enlarge it.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

  

 
 

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!