Wonders of the World Wide Web!

I love the sound my phone makes when someone leaves a comment on my blog. It’s a lilting, rising, chime that has a happy sound. Or maybe I’ve interpreted it as a happy sound because it means someone “likes” or has commented on something I wrote.

Since  I haven’t posted in a couple of days I was surprised to hear that sound earlier today – not once but twice.

I was even more surprised when I found I had a message from Antonio with the following list:

Vita Amalia Vittoria GIORGIO F 09 mag 1861
Clotilde GIORGIO F 16 mar 1863
Ciro GIORGIO M 18 mar 1865
Romualdo GIORGIO M 06 mar 1867- 03 ago 1867
Emilia GIORGIO F 01 gen 1869 – 19 ott 1945
Romualdo GIORGIO – M 25 mag 1870 – 07 ott 1871
Adriano GIORGIO M 28 dic 1871
Annunziata GIORGIO F 10 mar 1874
Anna Domenica GIORGIO F 28 feb 1875 – 17 feb 1892
Pasquale GIORGIO M 20 mag 1877
Romualdo GIORGIO M 07 dic 1879

These above are all the sons of Nicola Nunziato Sabio GIORGIO (25 mar 1837) and Filomena PACE (01 dic 1839)

If you know the Italian abbreviations for the months of the year, you probably noticed that the list above is written in Italian. Readers of Trovando Famiglia will recognize Ciro, Adriano, Pasquale and Romualdo – the four Giorgio brothers who came to Pennsylvania in the late 1800s. The other names on the list are their brothers and sisters – and yes – there were two sons named Romualdo who died as children before the one who survived and immigrated to Pennsylvania.

All of sons of Nicola and Filomena who survived to adulthood left Italy and settled in Western Pennsylvania, although Adriano didn’t stay. Their daughters however, stayed in Italy and two of them, Clotilde and Emilia married brothers whose last name was Iarlori. Descendants of these two Giorgio sisters currently live in San Vito Chietino based on the next message I got from Antonio Iarlori.

“In San Vito there are Emilia Giorgio and Clotilde Giorgio’s descendants. The Iarlori family.”

Surely it’s only a matter of time before we are in contact with our Italian cousins. I am not sure who Antonio is or how he has this information, but the list of names is the same as the one Terry Colaluca provided and I believe she got it from someone in the mayor’s office in San Vito Chietino. It certainly seems likely that our Italian relatives are now learning a bit more about their American cousins through this blog. I hope we will be able to reach further back and learn about the Giorgio family in San Vito Chietino.

Grazie mille, Antonio.

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What do San Vito Chietino, Roccamorice and Castel di Sangro have in common?

I came home from my Ancestry.com conference yesterday determined to find Custode and Rosie and “the ship they came in on….” At about 2 a.m. this morning I went to bed discouraged. (WARNING – Don’t start a genealogy habit if you value your rest. It WILL keep you up at night. Sometimes even after I turn off the computer the names, dates and places keep swirling through my head.

I’ve mentioned before that Custode is not a common name and rarely shows up on passenger lists. Even a search for Custode without a last name in the passenger list database on Ancestry.com yields very few results.

So this morning I decided to search for Adriano again. So far he has eluded me in my search for his immigration records. In the 1920 census Custode reports her immigration year as1897. That seems reasonable since she was born in 1880 and was married in Pittsburgh in February 1899 (her first marriage according to the marriage license.)

Family lore suggests that Custode and Rose (her sister) immigrated together and that she met Adriano on the ship. That’s a good tip  and it gave me the motivation to dig deeper into some passenger records using the search techniques I learned yesterday.

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Friday Foto Feature – Custode’s Boys

Custode's Boys

Custode’s Boys

This is one of my favorite photos. Not surprisingly, there’s likely to be some uncertainty about exactly who is who in this picture. It would help to know when it was taken. My guess is around 1920 – 1925. Any ideas from family photo enthusiasts who might be reading this blog?

And true to what several female descendants of Custode have noted, the girls didn’t seem worthy of a photo. It seems she had a preference for boys including her sons and grandsons and according to Irene Veri, she tended to remember her granddaughters by which son they belonged to rather than their names.

Here’s what I’ve pieced together (from various sources) as the birth dates of Custode’s children, in order from oldest to youngest starting with Fred who was my husband’s grandfather.

  1. November 19, 1899 – Frederick William George
  2. December 18, 1901 – Luigino Anthony George – Gene (who later went by Gene L.A. George, which I think is a great way to honor his given name plus it sounds so Hollywood!)
  3. July 19, 1903 – Joseph Lloyd George
  4. June 3, 1905 – Philomena George – Custode’s first daughter
  5. November 21, 1906 – Lena (whose birth certificate lists her name as Angelina Ida George, her father as Andy Georgia and mother as Custode Yacobucci. Her marriage license application lists her name as Lena Agnes George.
  6. September 23, 1908 – Hubert Allen George
  7. December 13, 1909 – Lydia Lucia George (who died on September 17, 1916 of scarlet fever)
  8. April 1, 1911 – Victor A. George (does anyone know what the “A” stands for? In the 1920 census there was a child listed as Americus that was the right age to be Victor, but I’ve never heard whether or not that was his middle name.)
  9. 1912, probably late in the year – Francis George (I haven’t been able to find his birth date yet.)

Okay – if this doesn’t get folks talking I’m not sure what will! Whose who in today’s Foto Friday???