100th Anniversary of Arrival at Ellis Island

Mark LesinaFrom Mark Lesina, United States

It has been said, “In a hundred years, who will know anything about you or your family”. Well it has been a hundred years! Yes – on Friday, April 16th 2010, it has been 100 years since Erminia Martini arrived in New York Harbor at Ellis Island. Continue reading

Looking for people with Pedrotti connections

From Peter Pedrotti, New Zealand

Giovanni Pietro Pedrotti emmigrated to Australia with his uncle Cesare Felice Pedrotti in 1855. He married Mary-Anne Byrnes in Daylesford 1864. The marriage certificate says place of birth is Giumaglio, Valle Maggia. His parents are Giovanni Felice Pedrotti b.1812 -1862 and Giovanna Maria Pozzi B1817–??. Giovanni Pietro Pedrotti 1788-1857 & Anna Maria Pozzi 1790-1826 were his parents. Does any Pedrotti conect with this family line?

From “Adami” in Giumaglio to “Adams” in Fresno

By William J. “Bill” Adams, United States

Silvio Adami (1864-1947), my grandfather that I never met, immigrated from Giumaglio, Canton Ticino to the US. At Ellis Island, NY, his name was anglicized to Adams. Continue reading

From the village of Giumaglio, Val Maggia

mark-lesinaby Mark Lesina, United States

Elvezio Giuliano Lesina was born April 18, 1878 in Giumaglio to Giuliano and AnnaMaria Giumini-Lesina and died February 26, 1951 in Crescent City, California. He was the youngest of five children, three of whom immigrated to California. Continue reading

In California con gli emigrati

di Giorgio Cheda, storico

Sono stato diverse volte in California, non solo per cercare documenti riguardanti l’inserimento nella nuova terra d’adozione di 27’000 ticinesi, ma anche per sentire dalla viva voce di alcuni protagonisti autentiche storie di vita. Continue reading

Visiting Ticino emigrants in California

by historian Giorgio Cheda

I have been to California several times, partly in search of documentary evidence of how 27,000 Ticinesi adapted to a new way of life in a new land, partly to hear the real-life stories of some of the settlers. Continue reading

Talk about a complicated family history!

by Jill Sybalsky, genealogist from United States

Marci, Malugani and Cerini and at least 20 other surnames are found in my family tree from Switzerland. My grandparents were born in Switzerland. My grandmother in Giumaglio and my grandfather in Frasco.

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