The Swiss American Historical Society has just published a new book that was sent to all its members, “Emigrant Paths, Encounters with 20th Century Swiss Americans.” Among the people portrayed in the book is Maurice Perret, a French Swiss geographer from Neuchatel who was born in 1911 and died in 1996. Continue reading
From Marilyn Longinotti Geary, United States
Carlo Martinoia arrived in San Francisco via the Isthmus of Panama on June 15, 1852. Born in 1829 to a poor family in Cevio in the Valle Maggia, Martinoia began working at the age of 15 as a mason’s helper, first in France, then in Africa.
From Barbara Dillon, United States
My great Grandfather Gardinzo Cheda great grandmother Antiona Calzonia came to California, Marin County, and started I believe the first dairy ranch in Jewell (Olema) Continue reading
From Carla Rezzonico, Switzerland
I am looking for information on Giuseppe and Paolo Scettrini from Vogorno, sons of Giulio and Angiolina née Gamboni, who left for America at the beginning of the 1900s. Continue reading
Courtney LaFranchi, United States
I came to visit Coglio this past December and have been missing it like you wouldn’t believe. I come from a long line of Lafranchi’s, my great(x3) grandfather Guiseppe Pietro being the last to have been born in Coglio. Continue reading
From Barb Mullen, Australia
My great aunt was known as Auntie Easie, she was also called Anesia by some, Ann by others. It has been a puzzle to us for some time where the name Anesia has come from. Does anyone know if the name has connections with Ticino or more precisely, Cevio?
From Barbara Reilly, United States
My great grandfather, Gaudenzio Cheda came to California from Maggia around 1860 and had the first dairy ranch. He married Antionia Calzonia and they returned to Maggia several times and had several children.
Gaudenzio’s brother, Pete had a son, Phillip Henry Cheda born in the US traveled to Maggia in 1922 and we are trying to find info on whether he stayed or if there are any Calzonia or Cheda’s that can be traced that I might be related to. My grandfather George Cheda hosted picnics for those living in California from Ticino on our family ranch in Tocoloma, Olema Marin County California. I can not id anyone in the photos.
From Natasha De Bernardi, Ticino
Between 1880 and 1914, 27,000 young people from Ticino emigrated to California. Silvio Debernardi (14.1.1873 -13.7.1954) was one of them. This book (http://www.ndb-agency.ch/blog/?p=1991) contains 61 letters written and received by my great grandfather Silvio during his years in California, from 1891 to 1901.
The book is in English with the original Italian transcription printed at the end of each letter. Sixty-one images are included in the publication.
From Marilyn Longinotti Geary, United States
I am searching for information on the Rotanzi Family of Peccia. Three sons of father Luigi Rotanzi left in the mid-19th century. Francesco went to Australia in 1855 and became a manager of a gold mining operation. Continue reading
The story of the Mattei family of Australia continues. Alessandro Mattei migrated to Victoria, Australia in 1855. This is the story of his fourth son. Continue reading
Della St. Helena Historical Society, California
Avete già sentito parlare di un gruppo chiamato “Società Operaia italo-svizzera di St. Helena”? È stata fondata molto presto e si è sciolta nel 1963. Il suo presidente era Julius Caiocca Jr.
From the St. Helena Historical Society, California
Ever heard of a group called Societa Operaia Italo-Svizzera di St. Helena? We toured special plots on the annual cemetery discovery walk and this was one of them.
From Dick Monaco, United States
There were five siblings who emigrated from Verscio to the United States starting with Louis who emigrated in 1859.
Louis was the pioneer and first started work in the mines at Lancha Plana in 1859. Then he moved to Virginia City and Gold City in approximately 1862. He was in several businesses in Nevada and started a photo gallery there in 1869. Continue reading
And what has Amy Lacy discovered about her father’s upbringing?
I had the opportunity of visiting Ticino in August where I tried to answer these questions and a few more.
by Barb Mullen, Australia
The Monighetti family story continues and here we explore aspects of the adult lives of Kit and Carlo Monighetti’s children. Every parent wants their children to have a life that is an improvement on theirs. Continue reading
Old pictures sent by Tim Souza, United States
Fredricko, Virginia, Antonio, Abondi Jori in 1906
From Mary Staples, United States
My Great Grandfather, Giacomo Pedrotti, emigrated from Giumaglio Switzerland to California. He was born in January 1851, and arrived in California in 1867. I believe he was joined by more than one brother. He settled in Marin County and was a successful rancher there.
From Nando (Fernando) Palla, Switzerland
Hello AJ Michelini
Hello Susann M. and Kathy K.
By chance I found in the internet your question about the family Palla. As member of this family I was surprised and I try to inform you what I know. Continue reading
Jean-François de Buren, United States
From New Glarus, to New Bern, from Vevay to Sacramento, more than a million Americans of Swiss-descent have left their mark on the United States. Continue reading