Becoming Italian, Part 3

I spoke yesterday with the genealogist who is handling the research for my Italian citizenship quest. She confirmed my eligibility and agrees that my best bet is to go through the Petrini line (though I’m also eligible through other lines). She has already found the marriage certificate of my great grandparents Francesco and Maria Petrini.Continue reading “Becoming Italian, Part 3”

Throwback Thursday: Plane Crash

Perusing an online auction site last week, I was stunned by a photograph that suddenly appeared on the screen. It was a newspaper photographer’s photo from 1946, of a plane crash on Long Island — with my grandfather’s name in the caption! I’ve always known that he was riding in a small plane piloted byContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Plane Crash”

Becoming Italian, Part 2

Today I did something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. After several phone consultations, I contracted with a genealogy firm that will research and pull together the documents I need for claiming my Italian citizenship. If all goes well, I will eventually be a dual citizen, with both a U.S. passport and anContinue reading “Becoming Italian, Part 2”

Happy DNA Day

April 25 is National DNA Day! This annual event celebrates the completion of the human genome project in 2003 and the discovery of the double helix in 1953. I’ve posted about my genealogical research various times, but never about the results of my DNA test. Partly that’s because the results keep changing. As the testingContinue reading “Happy DNA Day”

Throwback Thursday: Siblings

April 10 was National Siblings Day, so I guess I’m a few days late. But I can’t resist sharing this old photo of my sisters and I as kids. This was on our family Christmas card one year; it was taken in front of the fireplace at our house in Scituate, Massachusetts, where we livedContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Siblings”

Throwback Thursday: 1921 Wedding

Welcome to this week’s edition of Throwback Thursday! Today, I’m spotlighting a photo that turned up in my family tree research. The photo is from the June 15, 1921, wedding of Angelo Sabatini (spelled Sabatino in some records) and Anna Donalovich in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Angelo was born in 1894, and Anna in 1906, both inContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: 1921 Wedding”

Throwback Thursday: Father Turon

I’d always known we had at least one Roman Catholic priest in the family. I also knew that my relatives seemed exceptionally proud to be related to him. Lately, my mother passed on some documents about his life, and I discovered more in my genealogical research. And now, despite being a less-than-devout Catholic myself, IContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Father Turon”