Today is the day when all those named Giuseppe (Joseph), Giuseppina (Josephine), etc., celebrate their onomastico, or name day. In Italy, Spain and Portugal March 19th is also known as Father’s Day as Joseph was the husband of the Virgin Mary and stepfather of Jesus. It is said that Sicilians, affected by severe drought, prayed […]
Wishing you and your families a Very Happy and Joyus Holiday season. Please remember to take care of yourselves and your loved ones and I look forward to seeing you back here in 2017!
“May your stuffing be tasty May your turkey be plump, May your potatoes and gravy Have nary a lump. May your yams be delicious And your pies take the prize, And may your Thanksgiving dinner Stay off your thighs!”
*This is an updated current tutorial to the previously posted content titled Pagine Bianche – Italian White Pages .* A great resource for looking up Italian surnames and locating people in Italy is to use the on line Pagine Bianche [White Pages]. This telephone directory also links to the Pagine Gialle or the Yellow Pages so you can locate […]
Gens-Italia – Short Overview Gens-Italia is an excellent site to use to see the distribution of your surname in Italy. Some of you might remember it as the site Susan Sarandon used in the April 2010 episode of Who do You Think You Are? to help her get started on researching her roots. While I […]
With the holiday season upon us I thought it would be nice to talk about some holiday inspired Italian names. Some names that come to mind are Natale (Christmas) Grazia (Grace) and Bifano (Epiphany). All have been used as first or surnames. A quick search on Searching the Enhanced Ellis Island Database in One Step […]
Today I’d like to just take a moment to remember those who perished during those horrific attacks on September 11th, 2001 and to honor those brave individuals who helped with rescue and clean up. Fifteen years ago today, terrorists sought to cripple one of the strongest countries in the world by destroying buildings and killing […]