Missing the wonderful time we had last year with our new famiglia. Here are a few pictures to remind us all of the wonderful time we had and the gracious hospitality of Carole Ann and Glenn Johnson.
A big thank-you to Wilberta Illig diVincenzo who provided the following translation from the official birth record for Adriano Giorgio – born on 27 December 1871 in San Vito Chietino, Italy.
The the year 1871, the 31st day of December, at the town hall at the hour of 9 am Before me, Luigi Dazio, assessor of the town of San Vito Chietino, Circondario of Lanciano, Province of Abruzzo Citeriore, delegate of the functions of the Civil State Officer by act of the Mayor of 13 October last, properly approved and appeared
Nicola Giorgio, son of deceased Romualdo, age 34, a tailor living in this town, who presented to me an infant of the male sex, and who declared him born the 27th of the current month at the hour of 6 pm by his wife, Filomena Pace, daughter of Vito, living together at the home where they reside in this town, to whom he declares to give the name Adriano.
This statement is made in the presence of Temistocle Olivieri, son of Giuseppe, age 42, a coffeehouse keeper, and Camillo Iavicoli, son of deceased Rosario, age 40, a sexton, both living in San Vito Chietino, witnesses chosen by the declarant, and after reading this record and recording it in the two registers, they were unable to submit with me and with the declarant, their signatures, because they were illiterate.
So now we know that Adriano’s father was a tailor and Custode’s father was a shepherd. From the record, which is not copied above, it does appear that Nicola Giorgio signed his name (I might be wrong about that but I think it is his signature) even though the two witnesses he brought with him were illiterate.
The notations in the margin reference Adriano’s two Italian marriages – one in 1895 to Marianna Frattura from Castel di Sangro and one in June 1913 to Maria Flamminio, of San Vito Chietino.
Maybe I’ll see if I can find the marriage records for Nicola Giorgio and Filomena Pace.
In my opinion – no – unless you have a real job that requires your attention. That’s when times like the last 12 hours are too much of a good thing.
First – the DNA results for Irene Veri were finally in at Ancestry. Rick and I asked Irene if she would take the DNA primarily because the advice is that one should always test their oldest living relative and we knew Irene was a genetic match to Rick through her grandfather, his great grandfather Adriano Giorgio. Irene was happy to oblige and just as eager as we were to get her DNA results.
We knew we were related because in 2013 Rick was a DNA match to Terry Colaluca who is a descendant of Pasquale Giorgio (Adriano’s brother) and through Terry we were introduced to Irene in the summer of 2013. Through Irene we met the rest of the Giorgio descendants, primarily from Adriano’s line. And our connections have grown as more and more people find us through the blog or as cousins reconnect with each other (usually with Irene) by running into one another at random spots.
So we knew we were related, but last night – when the DNA match list on Ancestry revealed that Rick and Irene are likely to be third cousins, we KNEW IT scientifically. To quote Rick – “It’s always neat when science confirms something you know – when an independent, genetic test confirms your relationship to someone through DNA – that’s amazing.” It is pretty amazing and also helps us learn more about the areas in Italy our descendants are from. It might also lead to more connections to others who have taken the DNA test on Ancestry.com.
So if any of you reading this were hoping Rick and I were some weirdos that you are not related to – sorry – we’ve got proof now – you can’t deny it any longer. Looks like those of you who descend from Adriano Giorgio and his siblings are stuck with us now.
The other exciting news that I was waiting for from Irene’s test results is shown below:
We knew that Irene’s father (Uncle Nick – Adriano’s first son) was born in Italy and that her mother Mary Giampaolo was born in Pennsylvania to parents who were both born in Italy. The other ethnic circle (the Caucasus region) on the map above is likely an effect of ancient migration patterns from that region to Italy (think Marco Polo in reverse).
The bright orange spot in the middle of Italy is exactly where you’d expect it to be based on what we know about the Giorgio family being from San Vito Chietino and both of Adriano’s wives being from Castel di Sangro. It also denotes what Ancestry DNA calls a Genetic Community – an area that you are likely to be from based on DNA results even though you don’t live there now.
Okay – there will be lots more about this in future posts but let me get to the other BIG NEWS of the day. I don’t usually check my phone in the middle of the night when I wake up but for some reason last night I did. There was new post on the Italian Genealogy facebook group from Wilberta Illig DiVincenzo (Irene’s “cousin” on her mother’s side) letting the group know that the Civil Records for Chieti are now on line.
Somehow I resisted the urge to get up and begin my search. I was actually able to get back to sleep. The reason for my excitement? Chieti includes San Vito Chietino, birthplace of Adriano Giorgio. True – Terry Colaluca provided a family history that someone in that town mailed her several years ago. I am sure it is accurate BUT… as someone said at the NGS conference earlier this month:
I’m a genealogist – I trust no one – I believe nothing – until I’ve seen it for myself!
So you can imagine how excited I was to see the Antenati this morning, confirming the birth of Adriano Giorgio in San Vito Chietino, Chieti in December 1871. The copy is faint (and in Italian) so I’m still working my way through it but you can be sure there will be more on this in future posts. The interesting notation in the margin below his name refers to the date of his marriage to Marianna Frattura (August 31, 1895) and there is a similar notation for his marriage to his third wife in 1913 on the next page (not shown below.)
This is a very condensed version of my understanding of Italian vital records. When marriages took place in Italy, the vital records for the bride and groom were gathered together as part of the records that went into the marriage Antenati. The notation in the margin by Adriano’s name probably is the notation made by the clerk when his birth records were accessed in connection with his marriages. Clearly the marriage to Custode Iacobucci in 1899 in Pittsburgh, PA didn’t make it into the Italian Antenati.
If it had, there would have been an impediment to Adriano marrying Maria Flamminio in 1913 (BECAUSE HE WAS STILL MARRIED TO CUSTODE!) More on that later as I decipher the information. It is likely to provide this father’s occupation and names of witnesses (likely to be family friends) who could verify his birth.
And now – back to that real job I was talking about. Sigh!
Just can’t let the day go by without remembering a great lady who was born on this day in a small town in the mountains of Abruzzo, Italy – 137 years ago! She may have been the youngest child born to Agostino and Filomena (Petrarca) Iacobucci. She was 19 years younger than her oldest brother – Vincenzo, who was the first of the Iacobucci siblings to come to America. He was also the relative who signed as her “guardian” when she married Adriano Giorgio in February 1899 (when she was about 3 months shy of her 19th birthday.)
Anyone reading this blog for any length of time knows that Custode is my hero. From the courage she must have had to come to America with her sister Rosario in 1897 when she was only 16 years old to the chutzpah it took to hire a lawyer to fight back against losing her home in Dunbar when Adriano abandoned her and eight children in 1912 – this woman is remarkable.
Not to mention the fact that she raised her children on her own and most of them went to college. Four of her sons attended pharmacy school at the University of Pittsburgh, a tradition that has continued in subsequent generations. She expected a lot of her children and they lived up to her expectations.
She was not a sweet, loving person in the way you might want a mother or grandmother to be. It may not have been in her personality even if life had dealt her a kinder hand, but in light of the struggles she encountered, it’s hard for me to imagine she could have turned out any differently than the way she did.
So Rick and I will say a toast at dinner tonight to celebrate the birthday of this remarkable woman who he is very proud to be descended from.
It’s Friday morning and there are officially fewer courses remaining than there were at any other time until now. I always greet the middle of something with mixed feelings.
The initial excitement and adrenaline rush has worn off, I’m tired but I don’t want it to end and it seems especially important to make wise choices.
As I was driving to the conference this morning I thought to myself, I should probably see if Mary Tedesco is speaking today and go hang out and ask her some questions that have puzzled me about my Giorgio/Iacobucci family research. So who do I see sitting and casually talking with other conference attendees when I turn the corner – yep – you guessed it – Mary Tedesco! It must be a sign.
Of course I don’t have a question in mind so I’ve scurried over to a spot not too far away while I figure out what to ask. Now is your chance faithful readers – if there’s something that has puzzled you about what you’ve been reading on Trovando leave me a comment and I’ll try to track Mary down later to ask it. I think for now I’m going to ask how I would go about finding Adriano’s grave since we think he died in Castel di Sangro in the early 1950s.
More soon – Kalen