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Message Board - archive 8

Email: phillipuk@hotmail.com
Subject: Rea, Middlesborough
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2003 11:57:15 -0000

Hi my name is Phillip Rea, I have just started to research my family history. My grandfather came to the UK from Arpino around 1900 and settled in Middlesbrough. Unfortunately I am blind and have difficulty in accessing a lot of web sites, especially graphical sites. I tried to look at your family tree but because the link is a picture I could not access it. I would be grateful for any advice on getting started with how to get copies of things like birth certificates from Italy. Unfortunately I have no contact with my father's side of my family, so no help there. My grandfather was Domenic Rea and was an ice cream maker / vendor in Middlesbrough.


From: "barbara chamberlain"
Email: koolbjc1961@aol.com
Subject: Angelo Mario Martilini
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2003 01:21:40 GMT

To whom it may concern,

I'm trying to find out info on my great-grand father whose name was Angelo Mario Martilini who was born supposedly in Rome, Italy in Nov.1883. He came to America sometime before he passed away in April of 1962. He was supposed to have a brother named Joseph who stayed in Italy and a sister who came to America too, but don't know any more info on him, and would like to find out what part of Italy he was really from, and any other info on his parents and siblings too. It would be deeply appreciated.

Thank you


From: "Thomas Southgate"
Email: larrys@tesco.net
Subject: Nuovo contatto
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2003 22:01:42 -0000

Son un inglese ex-soldato che ha servito nell'esercito inglese in Italia, specialmente a Trieste quando era il Territorio Libero di Trieste dal 1946 a 1953. Ero sposato con una bella mula da Trieste per quasi 50 anni quando lei e morta all'improvviso in Febbraio 2001. Lavoro ancora oggi come interprete in italiano. Esiste un club italiano che accetta and persone come me? Ho bisogno di mantenere i contatti vivi cogli italiani per mantenere le mia conoscenza della lingua. Ho moltissimi amici e parenti in Italia specialmente in Trieste e Bologna.

Sarei eternamente grato se mi puo dare tutto l'informazione possibile.Vivo in Cheadle Hulme.

In atteso una sua gentile risposta

Larry Southgate


From: "John Lindley"
Email: piperhill@btopenworld.com
Subject: Ricci 15 blossom St. 1901 census
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2003 18:04:28 -0000


My name is John, youngest son of Mary Lindley (Ricci) who sadly passed away early this year. As you will know I've been looking at the 1901 census and typed in Louisa Ricci (my gran) and out popped 15 Blossom St, and after a well spent fiver found great granddad and mama too! From what I've read in your early book and what mum told me the Reas and the Riccis have a Frosinone link. What I want to do is try to trace back the Ricci and the di Clementi families. Does anybody hold any records of them?




From: "Helen Hardy"
Email: hardymail@ntlworld.com
Subject: Preatoni, Risegari
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 12:39:18 +0100

I really enjoyed this website and have read the book by Anthony Rea. I am trying to find out something about my great grandfather who was a musician, music teacher and instrumentalist. I think at some stage he lived in Store St. or Elizabeth St. His name was Alexander Preatoni and the witness at his wedding and my grandfathers godfather was called Luigi Risegari. If anyone knows anything about them I would be really pleased to hear.


From: "john f.ricco jr."
Email: jfricco53@yahoo.com
To: rea_tony@hotmail.com
Subject: North End, Boston M.A.
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2003 05:07:09 +0100


I enjoyed your site. I e-mailed you several months ago. My dad's side is Italian (my grandfather was from Avellino near Naples, my grandmother from Messina in Sicily - they immigrated separately to the U.S. at the turn of the century). My mother's family is French Canadian. Like yourself, i'm third generation. I live south of Boston, MA. We have an Italian neighborhood there called the North End, and although it still has a very Iitalian flavor, asians and hispanics are moving in and changing the old neighborhood, much like the Italians did in replacing the earlier Irish and original English settlers. Anyway, I really enjoyed your site. Seems like we live in paralell worlds.



From: "Marie B Belli"
Email: mariebbelli@yahoo.com
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 19:28:30 +0100

Hello to everybody, this is my new address if anybody has information on my family.




From: "peter rogan"
Email: peterrogan1@btopenworld.com
Subject: Crolla, Picinisco
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 12:26:25 +0100

My grandfather was Gerardo Crolla. We wish to visit his village Picinisco, Frosinone, this coming year. Would anyone have any information or advice regarding travelling from and to, and also where to stay. Also would it be better to book a package holiday somewhere on the Lazio coast. By the way, my mother was Margaret [Peggy] Rogan nee Crolla.


From: "Tony & Mira Rocca"
Email: trocca@attglobal.net
Subject: Rocca
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2003 12:51:22 +0200

Dear Tony,

Thanks for your happy message. I'm glad we made contact.

Strangely enough, I'm off to Italy myself tomorrow for a couple of weeks -- mainly pleasure with a bit of business. I have a book on Tuscany in the works and am using "research" as an excuse for some pleasurable pursuits, mainly centred around the dining table.

I did obtain a copy of your booklet from the publisher, who has a good system going on the web. It's a nice piece of work. Serena's book sounds very interesting too and I wish her well with her translation prospects.

I didn't have a date for the establishment of the Rocca enterprise. 1872 you say? Good gracious.

With all good wishes, and the hope we may meet one day,



From: "Linda Godfrey"
Email: linda.godfrey@auckland.ac.nz
Subject: Amati
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2003 02:51:21 +0100

I would like to find out where my paternal grandfather's aunt and family came from. Her name was Emilia Amati (her father was Nicholas Amati, 'Professor of Languages') and she married my grandfather's uncle, Thomas White, in Manchester before emigrating to Dunedin, New Zealand (via Australia I believe) about 1860 or so. My grandfather remembered staying with his widowed Aunt Emmie in Wellington, New Zealand, but I believe she may have gone back to either Manchester or perhaps Scotland where her sister-in-law Annie Finlayson (nee White) lived at Kirkudbright. Emilia and Thomas did not have any children I believe, and Emilia had trouble with her eyesight in later life. She and her husband Thomas were entertainers on the goldfields - she a singer and he a music teacher.


From : "Nikki Sharp"
Email: fireylioness@hotmail.com
Subject: Andreucci / Andrucci / Andriucci
Date : Mon, 06 Oct 2003 08:43:52 +0000

Hi Tony

Thank you for the email. I did indeed receive the booklet which my family and I are finding extremely informative and interesting. It has made my grandmother extremely excited as she loves to remember wherever possible her past experiences from childhood.

I am currently researching my Italian history and on speaking to a number of other Andreucci / Andrucci / Andriucci's I had stumbled upon mention of Ancoats Little Italy. It seems some of my family may have started out there after leaving Picinisco, Italy before later moving to Tyne & Wear. We believe they may have lived in Gun Street, Manchester.

I noticed on your website that you mentioned that the Andreucci's had Andrew's ice cream in Manchester. Is it possible that you might have any further information regarding this or could you direct me to where I might find more information?

Another matter that is currently confusing us is that some of the family members seem to have slipped through the census periods without mention even though we know they were around. Is it possible that a Manchester census may be the only way of tracking these family members down?

The most unfortunate problem I have discovered whilst researching is that the family seem to have an unmistakable lack of oral history in that nobody seemed to ask questions. This of course would have been compounded with family members dying young.

I would be extremely appreciative if you could assist me and if I can repay the favour in any way then I will certainly try.

I look forward to hearing from you again soon.

Many thanks in advance.

Best regards

Nikki Sharp


From: "kathleen fenwick"
Email: kath_fenwick@yahoo.com
Subject: Manchester Cathedral, Ladzrie
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2003 15:28:29 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Toni,

thank you for your reply on Manchester Cathedral. Since leaving a message on your web-site another 'family member' who didn't know anything about his family got in touch with me. Norman Ladzrie saw my posting & thought 'Ladzrie?, Newcastle? I wonder if they are related to me? He didnt know anything except his grandfather was another Norman & that he was from Newcastle. I have now passed on details of about 100 Ladzries & he is over the moon to have found such a large family.

Thank you from both of us.

Best regards, Kath Fenwick



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