Updated April 13, 2008
All of these names, along with many others, are prominent in the surrounding areas of Decollatura and in Pedivigliano. My internet cousin, Sam Tomaino, and I have extracted all the birth, marriage and death records (1810-1860) microfilmed by the LDS for Decollatura and reconstructed all of the families, in addition to our own lines. Our research of our own direct lines and extended branches showed us it was necessary to extract and database all the records because of the many inter family-to-family and cousin-to-cousin marriages we had discovered. We were finding we were related to nearly all the families in that area.
Should you discover your ancestors were also
from the Decollatura area, especially if your
information dates back to 1810-1860 records we have, we would love to hear from
you. Furthermore we have the Pedivigliano records
from 1810-1910 and can assist there. If your Italian ancestors settled in
Read more about Decollatura, the surnames, surrounding villages and, see a map of the area:
Look at pictures of Cerrisi, compliments of two terrific guys, Peter and Frank Tomaino:
My grandmother, Maria Concetta MOLINARO was
Both families eventually settled in
Mary Jo's Ancestors
An Ahnentafel report starting with my mother.
For those of you not familiar with the Ahnentafel numbering system, it's quite simple. Each individual has a number, starting with 1. The parents of each person can be determined by multiplying their number by 2, for the father; and by 2 plus 1, for the mother.
Sam's grandfather, Salvatore TOMAINO was born in Tomaini on February 28, 1896 to Angelo Antonio TOMAINO and Angela Maria TOMAINO. Salvatore left Tomaini via
Sam's grandmother, Elena Gilda LACOSTA
was born in Tarrs,
Both families settled in
An Ahnentafel report starting with his father.
Sam also has connections to Ofena in L'Aquila, Abruzzo.
Read more about the surnames, villages being researched and see a map of the area:
To reach both Sam and I, use the email link at the bottom of this page.
Several of our newly discovered cugini, that Sam and I have provided ancestral information to, have set up their own web pages. Visit their sites below. You may need to use your browser BACK button to return.
Joe has done much to help me reconstruct and link the families in Carbondale,
Gerry is researching his Serianni and Morasco ancestors in nearby Soveria Mannelli. We hope one day to make a connection.
Miranda is researching her ancestors from Cerrisi, my grandfather's home village.
Over the years that Sam and I have been working on our Italian ancestors, we have been in touch with scores of others, too numerous to mention, who share our common names and towns. We thank each and every one of you for the information that you have provided and continue to provide us; information that in many cases proved vital in our efforts to connect others whose genealogical information fell short of the records we had.
In particular we owe special thanks to:
Our Spouses: Dave and Debby. What can I say that they already don't know? Thanks for your support, understanding and love.
Jennie Collins, Rachel Bianco and my mother, Clara Rosipko for all the vivid details they provide on Whose Who In Carbondale which has helped connect many of those families who settled there.
Carolyn Epps for her endless efforts in gathering information via phone calls, personal interviews, driving hundreds of miles to search cemeteries and spending countless hours looking for obits. Our western NY gopher who never says no! It took a long time for us to discover our common ancestors, but we finally found our cousinhood connection.
John and Rosemarie Tomaino Falvo,
her father Frank Tomaino and family friend Frank Pane
for their insight and assistance. A special
thanks to John and Rosemarie for translating the poetry of Salvatore Tomaino (Sam's grandfather), which we all enjoyed.
Please visit my webpage to learn about a wonderful book of poems written by John about Decollatura. All of you who share our passion not only for our roots, but also for our hunger to read about our ancestral lands will be touched by his words in
Helen Gigliotti of
Sherryl Tomaino - Sam and I thank you for the Kudo, the return link and your endless efforts to find others who share our names and towns, gathering information and sending them our way.
who translated "Decollatura and Motta Santa
Karen Rutkowski Scalzo
Lorenzo Gigliotti for his GIGLIOTTI INTERNATIONAL website, his continual efforts to send Gigliotti's from Decollatura our way and his translation assistance.
for his translation assistance and his words which best describe what we have
"....welcome to the wonderful world of making connections with your roots...hundreds of years back, and thousands of miles around...thanks mostly to the indefatigable labors of Sam and Mary Jo." And many others, I might add.