My goals for starting this blog are threefold. Firstly, it is my hope that my research might help other amateur genealogists searching for their Italian ancestors. I did not realize how rich and helpful 19th century Italian civil records were. Until recently, I assumed that my Italian line was a dead end. Instead, I have been able to trace my Laurenziello ancestors back to my seventh great grandfather Angiolantonio Laurenziello and his wife, Olimpia Aranco, who lived during the 18th century. Secondly, I would like to connect with other descendants of Pescopagano residents throughout the world. A cursory Facebook search for Laurenziello yields results in Argentina, Italy, and the United States. Thirdly, I would like to connect with currently residents of Pescopagano to whom I might possibly be related. I was urged to start this blog by my friend and fellow genealogist Michael Krasulski, whose blog can be found here.