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Digital Gifts from Francesco Gentile

by  Phyllis Zeck

The last 7 years of genealogy research have bought so many wonderful new relatives and friends into my life. Thanks to email, the internet and facebook I’ve been able to deepen these friendships and I  hope that one day I will meet these wonderful people in person. This year  Francesco Gentile was kind enough to send me some amazing images and a genealogy pedigree PDF chart that I want to share with family today.

Non Solo Pizza

Francesco and his wife Hala live in Pescasseroli Italy, the birth place of many of my ancestors. Hala and Francesco own a restaurant called Non Solo Pizza. The photo above was taken of Francesco and Hala by my cousin Joe Del Principe when Joe and his wife visited Italy in 2011. I have a few ancestors with the last name of Gentile in my family tree and although we are related, I have not yet found my genetic connection to Francesco. Antonio Gentile born in 1753 is my 4th great grandfather and his daughter Maria Domenica Gentile born in 1780 is my 3rd great grandmother.

The jpg images below are official birth records from our family church in Pescasseroli. I was thrilled to find among them for the first time a record of my maternal great grandmother Elvira!  Perhaps the reason that I have not been able to find the record in the past is that her full given name was Cesidia Elvira Tranquilla Ciolli which I did not know until Francesco generously supplied the record. 

I have tried to piece together the full given names and correct birth year for the children of Filomena Ursitti and Don Pietrantonio Amabile Ciolli (my great great grandparents) and have listed them below.  If you are researching your family trees I hope these records will clarify names and birth years.  Please email me if your records do not agree with the labels I’ve given to the images below.

Click below to download a file of my genealogy research from Ancestry.com of Filomena Ursitti’s descendants.
Descendants of Filomena Ursitti Dec 17, 2017

Click below to download a pdf file of Francesco’s family tree. There is a treasure trove of information in this document.  You’ll have to put on your detective hat and use google translator to figure out the clues if you don’t speak Italian though.  For starters, it looks like Pietrantonio Amabile born in 1830 had a brother named Belissario Fedele born in 1834 (see page 10). 
Francesco Gentile Ciolli Family Tree

Below are Francesco’s digital records of what I decipher names and birth years for Filomena and Pietrantonio Amabile’s children to be.  Click once on the image to view it, then click on it again to enlarge it.  Thank you so much Francesco for these priceless family records!


6 Responses to Digital Gifts from Francesco Gentile

  1. 4 years ago by Ginger Recchia

    I think I might be a relation. My grandmother’s name was Maria Del Principe and lived in Pescasseroli before marrying my grandfather Luigi Recchia and moving to New York. That was around 1910. They had 8 children, my mother was the youngest. Do you have any records of a Maria marrying Luigi Recchia. I don’t have a lot of knowledge of my Italian relations, but I did meet a cousin Mario when he came to the US in 1970 with the Italian navy. Not sure if he is a Recchia or Del Principe. He visited my home in New Jersey for Thanksgiving with us, and I wish I had kept in touch but I was only 17.

    I would appreciate any information toy might have about my Italian ancestors, or current family .

    Ginger Freman Recchia – changed to family name after divorce
    Sergeantsville, New Jersey

    • 3 years ago by Francrsco

      Contattami, per l’albero genealogico della tua famiglia Recchia-del principe

  2. 4 years ago by Val Ciolli Stockmar

    Amazing historical documents!

  3. 3 years ago by Kathleen Ciolli Gleaves

    My Ciolli family comes from Ripa, Fagnano Alto, L’Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy. Opi and Ripa are one of the frazioni of the Commune of Fagnano Alto. I reclaimed my Italian citizenship and obtained an Italian/EU passport. I returned to Ripa last year, but was told the last Ciolli left the village and moved to L’Aquila. I’m going back this year to investigate a family property that was abandoned and has been empty for over 60 years. I cannot find any names in common with your family tree and mine, but I will keep looking! Kathleen Ciolli Gleaves
    My family tree is in MyHeritage.com if you want to look at it, let me know and I’ll send an invite.

  4. 3 years ago by Francesco Gentile

    Grazie phyllis, per il tuo bel articolo sul tuo sito di famiglia, ne sono onorato.

  5. 3 years ago by Francesco Gentile

    Ciao Ginger, scusami ma sono oggi ho visto il tuo post, ho l’albero genealogico dei tuoi nonni, Luigi recchia e Anna Maria Del principe.



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