The story of my great-grandfather Luigi Canepa

From Barbara Canepa Saul

Luigi Canepa (Luigi Canepa di Filippo) was born in 1839 in Monzonio, Canton Ticino. His parents were S. Gicomo Filippo Canepa (b. 1805) and Maria Conti Maza. His grandparents were Giovanni Canepa and Maria Anzini. Luigi was one of eight children. In 1864 Luigi, age 25 and his younger brother, Angelo, age 23, went to Australia to try their hand at gold mining. Records show that in 1865 Luigi married Mary Jane Pender, age 18 (from Scotland) in Melbourne. At this time his profession was listed as “miner”.

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The Swiss from Del Norte County

From Mark Lesina, United States

In response to Ms Amy Bisi-Lacy.

Mark LesinaDel Norte County is in the extreme northern part of California on the coast.  It is kind of interesting that for being such a remote area as it was at the turn of the last century, that so may Ticinese ended up immigrating there.  During these early years one would usually take a steamer ship from San Francisco to Del Norte, along the rough coastline to arrive in Crescent City. Continue reading

Tognazzini in Australia e California

di Debby Fields, Stati Uniti

taj_mahalTrovo questo sito eccezionale e siccome ho antenati svizzeri da parte di mia madre, vi racconto la mia storia. Mio trisnonno, Noe Tognazzini, è nato a Someo, Canton Ticino, nel 1841. All’età di 14 anni è emigrato, da solo, a Daylesford, in Australia, alla ricerca di suo padre (nono conosco il nome), che lavorava in una miniera della regione. Continue reading

Tognazzini in Australia and California

From Debby Fields, United States

taj_mahalThis is a great site and as one with Swiss ancestry on my mother’s side I would like to add my little story. My great-great-grandfather, Noe Tognazzini, was born in Someo, Canton Ticino, in 1841. Alone and at the age of 14 he emigrated to Daylesford, Australia, in search of his father (I do not have that name) who was mining in that area of Australia. Continue reading

Costa da Poschiavo: qualche indizio?

di Pauline D’Astoli, Australia

Qualcuno ha informazioni sulla mia famiglia, originaria di Poschiavo, nei Grigioni? Mio bisnonno si chiamava Giuseppe Costa: è giunto in Australia nel 1860 a bordo della Red Jacket e si è diretto a Sedgwick (Upper Emu Creek), vicino a Bendigo. Continue reading