Carlo Martinoia / Charles Martin: “the wealthiest man in Sonoma and Marin counties”

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.

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Seeking information on the Scettrinis from Vogorno

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

Seeking info on Rotanzi family of Peccia

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

Monighetti’s: Vene, Kath and Kit

barb_mullen2by Barb Mullen, Australia

A story is told of Vene that when he had to stay in Melbourne for a short while, he didn’t want to stay with family in Clifton Hill, a suburb of Melbourne, because it was near the slums of Collingwood. That was Vene, a man persuaded of his self worth. Another story tells of him stopping a tram in between stops, because as he explained, he had an important meeting to attend in the city. Continue reading

The Monighetti story continues

barb_mullen2by 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

Australia, New Zealand, California, Nevada and Arizona!

From Diana Neal, Britain

Giuseppe Pietro Lafranchi, born in Coglio, Valle Maggia, in the year 1843, was apparently the only son of Giuseppe Antonio Lafranchi and his first cousin, Maria Caterina Laffranchi. Continue reading

Where the heart is

Michele Andina, swissinfo video journalistby swissinfo video journalist, Michele Andina

Omar Merlo left Ticino at the age of 18 and emigrated to Australia. Now in his thirties he lives in Cambridge where he’s a lecturer in marketing at the Judge Business School. I met Omar on my last day in England and talked to him about the prospects for young people in Ticino today.

The Gatti name adorned many a café-restaurant run by Swiss-Italian migrants in London. Michele Andina is zooming in on the story with his video camera all this week, to try to find out about their legacy.

swissinfo.ch video "where the heart is"

Keeping up traditions

Michele Andina, swissinfo video journalistby swissinfo video journalist, Michele Andina

Two years ago Peter Bruschi opened his own restaurant in Brighton called “Blenio Bistro” – named after the valley his grandfather came from before starting a successful career as chef in Britain. This is where I had lunch with a few members of the “Unione Ticinese”, a society founded in 1874 by the emigranti in London.

The Gatti name adorned many a café-restaurant run by Swiss-Italian migrants in London. Michele Andina is zooming in on the story with his video camera all this week, to try to find out about their legacy.

swissinfo.ch video "keeping up traditions"

swissinfo.ch video “keeping up traditions. The ‘Blenio Bistro’ in Brighton.”

Coffee and chocolate

Michele Andina, swissinfo video journalistby swissinfo video journalist, Michele Andina

80-year-old Cynthia Parrott was born in a Ticinese restaurant in London, where her father worked as chef. In her “Garden Room Café” in Lewes she described her family’s eventful history.

The Gatti name adorned many a café-restaurant run by Swiss-Italian migrants in London. Michele Andina is zooming in on the story with his video camera all this week, to try to find out about their legacy.

swissinfo.ch video "Coffee and Chocolate"

swissinfo.ch video “Coffee and Chocolate.”