Your name, ma’am?

Of all the hobbies I have taken on, the most rewarding has been genealogy, probably because of the way that it combines things I enjoy—history, language, geography, puzzle-solving, among others. For me, the fun of it is not necessarily the discovering who my ancestors were but rather how they lived. I first found my way into genealogy while reading David Starkey’s Elizabeth sometime in the early 2000s. I remember drawing a Tudor family tree based on what I had read before then wondering how extensively I could draw my own tree. A that time, I only knew how to rely on my own family’s oral history. I bought an inexpensive family tree program and filled in as much as I could—grandparents, cousins, great-grandparents. I called my grandparents and a—now deceased—great aunt and asked them everything they knew about their own grandparents and cousins—dates and locations of birth, marriage dates, children, etc. My paternal grandfather was probably the least helpful. He knew knew very little about his father’s family.

Making matters more frustrating, I knew his parents. His father had died while I was a teenager. My father and I drove to South Jersey from Maryland for his funeral. According to my grandfather, his father had siblings (he could only recall an Aunt Lucy and an Uncle Vince, whose real name was Alphonse) and a mother, Ida, and that his father’s parents “had come from Naples,” but settled in Wilmington, Delaware. That was it. Grandpop Fischetti’s family and his Italian immigrant mother, “Ida,” would remain a mystery.

When I decided to get back into genealogy, I purchased an Ancestry subscription and started digging up as much as I could. The first helpful resource was the 1940 United States Census. As expected, the usual suspects were more willing to reveal their secrets. Perhaps this had more to do with the fact that I had more information loaded into my Ancestry tree, which allowed their algorithm to locate more documents for me. A friend and fellow amateur genealogist would argue that those ancestors “were ready to be found.” I laughed then, but the more I thought about it, the more it started to make sense.  Now, I am not trying to say that there are genealogy angels guiding our searches, but that there are sometimes unexplained reasons why the same—or similar—search yields more fruit with the same data years later.

My initial searches on Ancestry began to confirm the little that my paternal grandfather had provided me, and it even helped me fill in some of the blanks. Like I mentioned earlier, his father, Thomas Henry Fischetti, had Italian immigrant parents “from Naples,” several siblings including a sister named Lucy and a brother Alphonse who went by Vince. The 1940 US Cense confirmed these details:

Fischetti Ida Census 1940 Clip.png
Source: “United States Census, 1940,” via FamilySearch, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012).

Here we see a widowed Ida Fischetti from Italy residing at 407 Sixth Av, Wilmington, with her son Alphonso and daughters Lucy and Geraldine. This Geraldine was new to me. I knew that my great grandfather had a daughter named Geraldine (my paternal grandfather’s sister), but not that he had a sister by the same name. The same census would reveal three more Fischetti households in Wilmington—that of my great grandfather, that of Michael Fischetti, and finally one with a Madeline Fischetti residing with a sister named Anna Sellers. Madeleine was single and Anna was married, thus meaning that Anna’s maiden name was Fischetti. No one else with the surname Fischetti showed up in Wilmington on the 1940 US Census. Potentially, my great grandfather had the following siblings: Anna, Michael, Lucy, Madeline, Geraldine, and Alphonse. The census proved to be a fairly valuable tool in this case. However, that would be it for the census. No Fischetti households were found in Wilmington on the 1930, 1920, or 1910 censuses.

Once the clues ran out, I set this family aside for a while I looked at other families in my tree. Eventually, I came back to Ida and her children, and discovered her death certificate, which revealed her dates of birth and death (and thus her age) and that a Mrs. Ann Phibbin had provided this information to the coroner’s office.

Laurenziello Ma Gaetana Death Certificate Clip
Source: “Delaware Death Records, 1855-1961,” via FamilySearch (3 December 2014), Hall of Records, Dover, Del.

Could this Ann be Madeline Fischetti’s sister Anna Sellers from 1940? Were Madeline and Anna her daughters, let alone related to her? Her obituary in the Wilmington News Journal would answer these questions:

Obit Laurenziello Ma Gaetana
Source: The News Journal [Wilmington, Del.], 26 May 1959.
And eccoli! There they all were—Anna, Lucy, Madeline, Geraldine, Michael, Alphonse, and Thomas. Seven children and a late husband, Michael. However, now I had a new search on my hands —that of her sister and her step-daughter) and I still did not know her maiden name nor her hometown in Italy. I am still not too sure about her step-daughter other than the fact that I am fairly sure that she was my great great grandfather’s daughter from a previous marriage. The mystery of her sister was quickly solved, once again, thanks to the 1940 Census—Mary J Ciociola, an Italian-born septuagenarian widow residing with three of her children at 1211 Chestnut Street, a fifteen minute walk from Ida at the time.

I still did not knew her maiden name, and the documents I was finding were not helping me. Between 1910 and 1950, I found twelve instances of Ida’s maiden name with eight variations: Lananzella, Lorizenzanda, Larenzel, Lauronziella, Lauringella, Lorenzo, Florence, and Rencelia. The first five occurred between 1910 and 1921, while the other three were provided from 1939 to 1950.

What can we infer from this information? The earlier records were all birth (and one infant death) records of her children. In these instances, either she or her husband provided her maiden name. The later records, on the other hand, were marriage records, which involved her children, who would have provided her maiden name. Thusly, we can assume that Lorenzo, although the most frequent, was not in fact her maiden name. However, it was somewhat similar to the other names. I should not that Lorizenzanda in 1910 was “corrected” in 1950, and Lorenzo was written instead. I then began to do the same for her sister, Mary Ciociola, whose maiden name I was able to find five times from 1909 to 1950: Loorenzello, Lauronziello, Laurenziello, Laurezello, Lorenz.

I now had a set of parameters for finding her last name: (1) It looks like Lorenzo; (2) It has some sort of diminutive; (3) It might have the diphthong /au/ instead of /o/. From there I broke down her maiden name into five parts with possible variants: (1) Lauren- or Laurin-; (2) -g- or -z-; (3) -e- or -ie-; (4) -ll-; (5) -a or -o. This left me with sixteen possible surnames, which I began to enter into surname frequency map for Italy. Only one variant appeared—Laurenziello, which was exactly how her sister’s maiden name appeared in 1916 on a birth certificate.

Unfortunately, her surname was not the only obstacle to uncovering her identity. There was also the issue of her given name, Ida. Two birth certificates—from 1918 and 1921—stood out. On both of these records, the mother of the infant was Gaetana Lauronziella and Gaetana Lauringella, respectively. Ida was clearly her “American” name. Now I had a possible “real” or Italian name for my great great grandmother. She wasn’t Ida Lorenzo; she was Gaetana Laurenziello.

But why the drastic name change? This is where my background in linguistics came in handy, which got me really excited. Gaetana is an Italian name without a common English equivalent. In many Romance languages, names often have masculine and feminine forms—Giuseppe~Giuseppa, Francesco~Francesca, Michele~Michela. Gaetana is the feminine counterpart to the name Gaetano, which is not easily translated into English. Unlike Maria, Giuseppe, and Francesco (Mary, Joseph, and Francis, respectively), the masculine Gaetano is anglicized Cajetan, as in Saint Cajetan. I have yet to find a single Italian immigrant with the name Cajetan, not have I found an anglicization of the feminine Gaetana.  The ‘-ae-‘ diphthong of ‘Gaetana’ in Italian sounds similar to the long /ī/ of ‘Ida in English. The name Ida in English was the closest thing to the Italian name Gaetana. During the first half of the 20th century, assimilation was key. Ida Lorenzo sounds a lot less suspect than Gaetana Laurenziello.

At the same that I was trying to solve the mystery of Gaetana’s name, I was also toiling with the issue of her husband, Michael Fischetti, whose identity was still somewhat murky. Michael Fischetti only seemed to exist on marriage certificates as the father the bride or groom. As I mentioned earlier, there were no Fischetti households in Wilmington on the 1930, 1920, or 1910 censuses. Then, somewhat serendipitously, while looking at city directories from Wilmington in the 1910s and 20s as I was collecting information about other ancestors there, I looked to see if there were any Fischetti listings. While looking through Fis-, I found a Michael and Ida Fisher on the 1100 block of Coleman Street. I tried my census search again—this time looking for Ida Fisher instead of Ida Fischetti.

And eccoli di nuovo! There they were again. Michael and Ida Fisher lived at 1021 Coleman Street in 1920 with five of their children: Anthony, Michael, Lucy, Thomas, and Madeline. Anthony was a mystery. I had never seen him before, and I am still not convinced that this name is not an error. Their daughter Anna was roughly the same age as Anthony. Nevertheless, enough details matched for me to conclude that Michael and Ida Fischer were Michael and Gaetana (Laurenziello) Fischetti.

Source: “United States Census, 1920,” via FamilySearch, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992).

Then the 1930 Census provided more clues. Michael had died since the last census, and two more children came into the family—”Gertrude” and Alfonzo. Provided that this was the same residence as the 1940 Census, I concluded that Gertrude was in fact Geraldine.

Source: “United States Census, 1930,” via FamilySearch, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002).

I now had enough clues to start looking for more pieces to the puzzle. Instead of just searching for Fischetti, I would also use the surname Fisher. This yielded more results. Eventually, I would discover that Michael Fisher was actually Amato Fischetti, and that the couple had two sons who died in infancy. Having more name options for my searches allowed me to find birth certificates for all their children (except Anna), which helped paint a better picture of the family. The 1920 Census also revealed a possible arrival date for Gaetana—1904. Having now an Italian name, date of birth, year of arrival, and name of a sister with which to work, I started to look at passenger records from Ellis Island. What would then happen was a fast-paced domino effect that would land me into a genealogical treasure trove.

With more clues in hand, I found two arrival records for Maria Gaetana Laurenziello of Pescopagano in 1903. Unfortunately, there are two localities in Italy with that name—one is a frazione in the Province of Caserta, and the other is a comune in Potenza. A surname frequency map lead me to the latter. Once I had a town, name, and possible date of birth to check, I started looking at the Pescopagano Stato Civile records on Family Search. In a matter of minutes, I had found her.

Source: “Stato Civile di Pescopagano (Potenza)” via FamilySearch, (Tribunale di Melfi).

At 8:50 am on 13 April 1882, Pietro Rubini, sindaco and official of the Stato Civile of the Comune di Pescopagano, reports that Antonio Laurenziello, a 40-year-old peasant—or farmer, depending on how you want to translate contadino—residing in Pescopagano, declares that, at 11:50 am the previous day, his wife, Maria Laviano, gave birth to a girl whom they have named Maria Gaetana at Via Colombaia, No. 4. This is the same birthdate listed on her death certificate.

Over the next couple of months, I was able to further link Mrs. Ida Fischetti to this record and to other relatives living the United States. I eventually would be able to go back six generations of Laurenziello ancestors in Pescopagano to my seventh great-grandparents Angiolantonio Laurenziello and Olimpia Aranco, who lived in the 18th century. It still surprises that what was once one of the most uncertain branches of my family tree is now one of the clearest and most expansive—or, as my friend says, “they were ready to be found.”

Discendenti di Angiolantonio Laurenziello

The following is an incomplete d’Aboville chart detailing the descendants of Angiolantonio Laurenziello of Pescopagano, my seventh great-grandfather. According to the death record of his son Francesco (d. 15 Sep. 1811), Angiolantonio and his wife, Olimpia Araneo, were his late parents. His mere existence is only known due to his being mentioned on his son’s death record; he does not appear in any other 1809 though 1929 records. It is very possible that Francesco had siblings. However, if he did, they died before 1809 or they died somewhere other than Pescopagano. The former is the most plausible case provided Francesco’s age of 60 at the time of his death.

Death records were not always exact. We know this by comparing the birth and death records of the same person. Often, it seems that ages were approximate. An age of 60 could mean that the deceased was in his sixties. Also, death records usually provide us with the names of parents and spouses. Sometimes the record also indicates whether or not these individuals had preceded the deceased in death. In the case of Francesco Laurenziello (d. 15 Sep. 1811), we know that his parents, Angiolantonio Laurenziello and Olimpia Araneo, and his wife, Teresa Giorgino, had all died before him.

Given names of living individuals and their dates of birth have been redacted. Green indicates an Italian immigrant to the United States; blue indicates a US-born individual. A family tree can be found at the bottom of the page after the chart or by clicking here.

1. Angiolantonio Laurenziello, m. Olimpia Araneo, d. bef. 1809.

1.1. Francesco Laurenziello, b. about 1750, d. Sep. 15, 1811.

m. Teresa Giorgino.

1.1.1. Olimpia Laurenziello, b. about 1766, d. 23 Feb. 1836

m. Domenico Araneo, d. 10 Apr. 1817. Alessio Araneo, b. about 1792.

m. Rosa Maria Villani, 19 Dec. 1822 (b. about 1802, 18 May 1825).

m. Carmosina Graziano, 12 Nov. 1829 (b. about 1797). Francesco Araneo, b. about 1795, d. 22 Dec. 1845.

m. Rosa Di Marco, 16 Nov. 1822 (b. about 1798). Teresa Araneo, b. about 1803, d. 27 Dec. 1838.

m. Pietro Miele, 16 Dec. 1823 (b. about 1799). Antonio Araneo, b. about 1807.

m. Lucrezia Graziano, 30 Dec. 1830 (b. about 1806). Maria Araneo, b. about 1811, d. 6 Aug. 1812. Maria Vittoria Araneo, b. 17 Jun. 1815, d. 27 Aug. 27 1816.

1.1.2. Marianna Laurenziello, b. about 1773, d. 2 Dec. 1832.

m. Nicola Rezzole Anna Maria Rezzole, b. about 1800, d. 24 Aug. 1836.

m. Pietro Martino, 5 Apr. 1827 (b. about 1802). Antonio Martino, b. about 1827, d. 20 Nov. 1848.

1.1.3. Angiolantonio Laurenziello, b. about 1775, d. 28 Jul. 1838.

m. Margarita Roselli, b. about 1775, d. 13 Oct. 1847. Francesco Laurenziello, b. about 1800, d. 25 Sep. 1837.

m. Maria Vittoria Bracuto, 26 Jun. 1819 (b. about 1802, d. 17 Nov. 1827). Antonio Maria Laurenziello, b. about 1820, d. 30 Aug. 30 1887.

Maria Teresa Casano, 9 Oct. 1840 (b. about 1820). Francesco Maria Laurenziello, b. 2 Jul. 1845, 1 Oct. 1902.

m. Maria Teresa Roselli, 3 Jun. 1866 (b. 19 Nov. 1843, d. 17 Feb. 1926). Antonio Laurenziello, b. 10 Apr. 1867, d. bef. 30 Mar. 1877. Maria Vittoria Laurenziello, b. 21 Sep. 1868.

m. Pietro Luigi Lanza, 15 Jan. 1891 (b. about 1865). Maria Rosa Laurenziello, b. 5 Mar. 1872, d. 20 Jul. 1872. Maria Rosa Laurenziello, b. 23 Mar. 1874.

m. Angelo Zazzarino, 15 Jan. 1897 (b. about 1868). Antonio Laurenziello, b. 30 Mar. 1877.

m. Maria Rosa Arista, 7 Feb. 1901 (b. about 1882). Maria Teresa Laurenziello, 17 Dec. 1901, d. 2 Sep. 1902. Maria Teresa Laurenziello, b. 13 Jul. 1903.

m. Pietro Sciocia, 1924. Margherita Laurenziello, 1 May 1905.

m. Pasquale Giorgini, 12 Dec. 1926 (b. about 1904). Francesco Laurenziello, 19 Aug. 1907.

m. Angela Maria Arista, 23 Sep. 1928 (b. about 1907). Maria Giuseppa Laurenziello, b. about Nov. 1909, d. 15 Jul. 1910. Vittoria Laurenziello, b. about Jun. 1917, d. 3 Oct. 1917. Giambattista Laurenziello, b. about 1923, d. 16 Mar. 1925. Lorenzo Laurenziello, b. about Mar. 1925, d. 15 Sep. 1925. Giambattista Laurenziello, b. 19 Mar. 1881.

m. Margherita Giorgini, 14 Jan. 1905 (b. about 1886). Maria Teresa Laurenziello, b. 3 Dec. 1905, d. 30 May 1911. Maria Laurenziello, b. 17 Dec. 1907.

m. Ambrogio Tringaniello, 20 Jan. 1930 Francesco Laurenziello, b. about 1912, d. 26 Mar. 1920. Pasquale Laurenziello, b. about Jul. 1914, d. 12 Jan. 1915. Antonio Laurenziello, b. about Jan. 1920, d. 1 Apr. 1920. Giambattista Laurenziello, b. about 1822, d. 30 Sep. 1851.

m. Maria Fasano, 17 Jul. 1845 (b. about 1820). Francesca Maria Laurenziello, b. 5 May 1846, d. 6 May 1846. Laura Laurenziello, b. about 1826, d. 17 Sep. 1828. Margarita Laurenziello, b. about 1830, d. 20 Feb. 1853.

m. Antonio Fricchione. Andrea Laurenziello, b. about May 1831, d. 25 Nov. 1831.

m. Margarita Valario, 6 Aug. 1833 (b. about 1804). Giambattista Laurenziello, b. about 1805.

m. Maria Luisa Ciampa, 11 Sep. 1833 (b. about 1808, daughter of Roberto Ciampa and Rosa Quaglietta). Margarita Laurenziello, b. about 1833, 12 Sep. 1849. Rosa Laurenziello, b. about Jan. 1838, 30 Aug. 1838. Rosa Maria Laurenziello, b. about 1839.

m. Francesco Maria Gonnella, 7 Jul. 1864 (b. about 1839).

m. Pasquale Bruno. Antonio Maria Laurenziello, b. 26 Mar. 1841, 5 Nov. 1918.

m. Mariangiola Laviano, 17 Aug. 1867 (b. 24 Aug. 1841, d. 15 Sep. 1906, daughter of Michelangelo Laviano and Gaetana Rosa). Giambattista Laurenziello, b. 7 Jan. 1870, d. 20 Oct. 1918.

m. Angela Maria Mazzeo, 11 Sep. 1890 (b. 24 Dec. 1870, daughter of Antonio Mazzeo and Maria Michele Miele). Donatantonio Laurenziello, b. 24 Sep. 1892. Maria Laurenziello, b. 2 Aug. 1895, d. 4 Aug. 1896. Giuseppe Laurenziello, b. about 1896, d. 10 Aug. 1897. Giuseppe Laurenziello, b. 17 Sep. 1897, d. 22 Sep. 1897. Giovanni Laurenziello, b. 17 Sep. 1897, d. 22 Sep. 1897. Maria Laurenziello, b. about 1900, d. 7 Nov. 1918. Michele Laurenziello, b. 6 Apr. 1900.

m. Elisabetta Montano, 12 Jun. 1922 (b. about 1902). Giuseppe Laurenziello, b. 5 Aug. 1903. Pietro Laurenziello, b. Dec. 1905, 12 Aug. 1906. Mariantonia Laurenziello, b. about 1907, d. 9 Oct. 1908. Maria Michela Laurenziello, b. about Jul. 1908, 27 Jan. 1910. Filomena Laurenziello, b. about 1909.

m. Antonio Di Rese, 7 Nov. 1927 (b. about 1906). Pietro Laurenziello, b. 11 Dec. 1911, d. 31 Dec. 1911. Maria Giuseppa Laurenziello, b. Jan. 28, 1873, d. 22 Jul. 1963 in Wilmington, Delaware.

m. Giulio Ciociola (b. 6 Mar. 1870 in Candida, Avellino, Campania) Anthony Ciociola, b. about 1900 in Orange, New Jersey. Mary Ciociola, b. about 1902 in Orange, New Jersey. Samuel Ciociola, b. about 1905 in Wilmington, Delaware. Julia Ciociola, b. about 1907 in Wilmington, Delaware. Louis Ciociola, b. about 1910 in Wilmington, Delaware. Michele Arcangelo Laurenziello, b. 27 Apr. 1876. Maria Gaetana Laurenziello, b. 9 Oct. 1878, d. 26 Aug. 1881. Maria Gaetana Laurenziello, b. 12 Apr. 1882, d. 25 May 1959 in New Castle County, Delaware.

m. Amato Fischetti, about 1907 in Delaware. (b. 6 Jul. 1862 in Campania, d. 22 Jan. 1926 in Wilmington, Delaware). Anthony Fischetti, b. about 1908 in Delaware, d. bef. 1930. Nicola Fischetti, b. about 1909, d. 11 Jul. 1910 in Wilmington, Delaware. Michael Joseph Fischetti, 29 Nov. 1910 in Delaware, d. 7 Feb. 1966 in Wilmington, Delaware.

m. Ethel E Mioduszewski, about 1935 in Delaware (b. 23 Mar. 1915 in Wilmington, Delaware, d. 11 Jul. 1989 in Wilmington, Delaware). Michael Joseph Fischetti, 9 Mar. 1937 in Wilmington, Delaware, d. 1 Feb. 1997 in Wilmington, Delaware. Lucy Fischetti, 13 Dec. 1912 in Wilmington, Delaware, d. 10 Oct. 1987 in Newark, Delaware.

m. Unknown Van Gordon.

m. John H McSwain, 3 Jan. 1942 in Wilmington, Delaware (b. 10 Dec. 1909 in Georgia). Thomas Henry Fischetti, 6 Jul. 1914 in Wilmington, Delaware, d. 29 Jan. 1999 in Cape May County, New Jersey.

m. Ann Theresa Givens, before 1935 in Wilmington, Delaware (b. 1. Sep. 1917 in Wilmington, Delaware, d. 29 Mar. 2007 in Largo, Florida, daughter of Francis Aloysius Givens and Marguerite Connelly). Thomas Francis Fischetti, 18 Jul. 1935 in Wilmington, Delaware, d. 26 Jun. 2006 in San Diego, California. Geraldine Fischetti, 28 Oct. 1936 in Wilmington, Delaware, d. 28 Jun. 2016 in Zephyrhills, Florida. Living Fischetti.

m. Living Sealock. Living Fischetti.

m. Living Norris. Living Fischetti.

m. Living Amos. Living Amos. Living Amos. Living Fischetti. Living Fischetti.

m. Living Lindenberger. Living Fischetti Living Fischetti Living Fischetti Living Fischetti. Living Fischetti. Living Fischetti. Living Fischetti.

m. Mary Ellen Rambo, 15 Sep. 1949 in Wilmington, Delaware (b. 4 Apr. 1917 in Wilmington, Delaware, d. 5 Nov. 2003 in North Cape May, New Jersey, daughter of Elmer Rambo) Living Fischetti, b. about 1953.

m. Living Frederick, (b. about 1951 in New Jersey). Living Frederick. Living Frederick. Madeline Theresa Fischetti, b. 19 Sep. 1916 in Wilmington, Delaware, d. Nov. 1994.

m. Unknown Wheatherly.

m. Charles Joseph Rifon, 12 Apr. 1941 in Wilmington, Delaware (b. 24 Jul. 1916 in Wilmington, Delaware, d. 14 Oct. 1995). Luccarso Fischetti, 24 Dec. 24, 1918, d. before 1958. Geraldine Rose Fischetti, b. 19 Jan. 1920 in Delaware, d. 14 Feb. 2002 in Wilmington, Delaware.

m. Joseph Anthony Mangini, 1939 in Wilmington, Delaware (b. 13 Aug. 1917 in Delaware, d. 5 Oct. 2001 in Wilmington, Delaware). Daughter Mangini, b. about Dec. 1939 in Wilmington, Delaware.

m. Living Lane. Son Mangini, b. after 1940 in New Castle County, Delaware. Alphonse L Fischetti, b. 24 Sep. 1921 in Wilmington, Delaware, d. 19 Dec. 2004 in Newark, Delaware.

m. Marion Frances Zeron, 22 Nov. 1941 in Wilmington, Delaware (b. 12 Sep. 1924 in Wilmington, Delaware, d. 11 Jul. 1992).m. Ruth Marion Wallace, (b. 26 Oct. 1927 in Wachapreague, Virginia, d. 30 Nov. 2008 in New Castle, Delaware). Giuseppantonio Laurenziello, b. 27 Apr. 1885.

m. Maria Teresa Somma, 22 Apr. 1916 (b. about 1857, d. 28 Aug. 1923). Giuseppe Maria Laurenziello, b. about 1846, d. 23 Feb. 1847. Giuseppe Maria Laurenziello, b. about 1849.

m. Bonaventura Maria Frasca, 23 Dec. 1873 (b. about 1850). Maria Laurenziello, b. 25 Nov. 1874, d. bef. 1876. Maria Laurenziello, b. 20. Nov. 1876.

m. Salvatore Placido, 26 Feb. 1903 in Melfi (b. 22 Dec. 1878 in Melfi). Giambattista Laurenziello, b. 25 Feb. 1879.

m. Maria Giovanna Ambrosini, 12 Nov. 1904 (b. about 1884). Antonio Laurenziello, b. 1883.

m. Maria Giovanna Graziano, 15 Feb. 1908 (b. about 1887). Margherita Laurenziello, b. about 1853.

m. Pasquale Maria Altera, 7 Feb. 1876 (b. about 1851). Teresa Laurenziello, b. about 1805, d. 8 Mar. 1809. Vincenzo Laurenziello, b. 21 May 1813, d. 3 Aug. 1843.

m. Maria Sciocia, 3 Aug. 1837 (b. about 1814). Angiolantonio Laurenziello, b. about 1838, 21 Jul. 1839. Antonio Laurenziello, 3 Oct. 1840, d. 25 Oct. 1840. Filomena Laurenziello, b. about 1843, d. 20 Aug. 1844. Rosa Laurenziello, b. 17 May 1814, d. 6 Dec. 1895.

m. Vito Fasano, (b. about 1807). Felicia Fasano, b. about Aug. 1834, d. 23 Dec. 1834.

m. Antonio Barosa, 28 Jan. 1836 (d. 20 Jan. 1850).

m. Giampietro Maria Enrico, 2 Jan. 1851 (b. about 1801). Teresa Laurenziello, b. after Mar. 1809, d. 6 Sep. 1815. Teresa Laurenziello, b. about 1817, d. 6 Jul. 1818. Teresa Laurenziello, b. about 1820, d. 10 Jan. 1839.

1.1.4. Brigida Laurenziello, b. about 1787, d. 2 Oct. 1827.

Vito Tullio, bef. 1806 (b. about 1780, d. Sep. 21, 1809). Rosa Tullio, b. about 1806. Maria Teresa Tullio, b. about 1808, d. 19 Apr. 1809.

m. Giovanni Zaccardi, 11 Jul. 1811

Discendenti di Angiolantonio Laurenziello Horizontal
The descendants of Angiolantonio Laurenziello (d. bef. 1811, likely alive during the 18th century) up through (some of) his fifth great-grandchildren (b. 20th century)


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.