Silvio Debernardi (1873-1954): From Valmaggia to California

From Natasha DeBernardi, Switzerland

Silvio Giuseppe Debernardi was born in Lodano, Ticino, Switzerland, on January 14, 1873, the third son of Pasquale and Teresa (born Tunzi). In April 1891, 18-year old Silvio leaves his village in Valmaggia to reach his two older brothers, Geremia and Golia, in California. Continue reading

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