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
di Candida e Ronald Willemse
L’annuale Swiss Italian Festa in Australia si è aperta sabato 10 ottobre a Hepburn Springs. Il festival dura dieci giorni, ma noi siamo potuti rimanere soltanto per i primi tre giorni. Continue reading
by Claude Rossi, Pro Ticino Australia
The Australian branch of Pro Ticino will be in Daylesford/Hepburn Springs for the Swiss Italian Festa 2009, to celebrate the heritage of the Swiss and Italian settlers. Continue reading
by Cyril Jones, Melbourne
I am seeking information about Carlo Andrea Biaggi, born in 1836 in Giubiasco, who emigrated to Australia in 1855 aboard the ship “Lucie”, which sailed from Dieppe with many other migrants from the same area. Continue reading
We should not forget that emigration is a universal phenomenon in human history. It has always had negative aspects, because emigrating means breaking family and social ties, having to face enormous difficulties in integrating into a different environment. Continue reading
I wonder if there are more Americans or other English speaking people like me, who have “Returned” to Ticino, either full or part-time and have purchased the old family houses–it would be fun to share these stories. Continue reading
by Ronald Willemse with Cesare Santi
After collecting and organizing the information gathered from family documents and relatives, it is most important to verify the data, wherever possible, with the original religious or civil records. Continue reading
by Robert J. Ransom, Jr., United States
My grandfather Cesare Augusto Tamagni, 1882-1962 was born in Bellinzona and my grandmother Giuseppa (Buletti) Tamagni, 1889-1997 in St. Antonio. I believe my grandmother was raised around the small villages of Carena and Mellirolo, the villages of my Sarina and Buletti ancestors. Continue reading
The youngest daughter of five, born of Luigi Bisi, I spent time with dad when he was dying of cancer in 1984…His New World experience having begun from Gordola/Gordemo in 1930 at the tender age of 18… Continue reading
During the summer of 1992, I went to Australia with a group of friends. The trip had been planned with a dual objective: to see some of the continent’s natural wonders, and to visit the region immediately to the north of Melbourne, where in the mid-19th century 2,000 of my compatriots from Ticino sought the illusory fortunes promised them by emigration agencies from north of the Alps. Continue reading
by 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
by Wade Hammond
Thank you for referring me to Tony Quinn about Ticinese migration. He was able to find information about my grandfather, Henry Grossi, back a couple of generations! I am still looking for information on my grandmother, Mary Melera, from Giubiasco, Ticinese, born 24 April, 1887. Tony was unable to provide anything on her. She came to New York by the Lapland Red Star line in 1910.
To the person in Sonogno (Old World Gallery) What was the name of your ancestor with a bar in Soledad, CA? I stopped by your bar in Sonogno summer 2008 and saw the note but the person there did not know the name of your ancestor.
I have relatives in Soledad too.
Since the first Salmina from Intragna arrived in California in 1858, we have kept in touch with our Ticinesi family, and recorded our history. Continue reading
If you read my last blog post from beginning to end, you may have seen the picture of the Olema cemetery where many emigranti are buried. I didn’t mention how similar I found the monuments and mausoleums to the ones in the so-called “American” cemetery in the Ticino village of Someo. Continue reading
by Ellen Lawson
Tranquillo Pata of Sonogno emigrated in 1855 following the Victorian Goldrush in Eganstown, Australia and the opportunities that this presented to young single men. Continue reading
I don’t want to leave San Francisco before I visit a neighbourhood known for its recent immigrant population. Only in this way, can I get a true impression of what it’s like to be a new arrival in a strange place.
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
by Maureen Sartori Peterson, Australia
I have three Ticino ancestors. Maurizio Sartori (from Mosogno); Guiliamo Pedrazzini (from Cimalmotto); Agostino Lurati (from Lugano). Sartori’s son married Lurati’s daughter. Pedrazzini married an English woman. After my father died, my mother remarried another Ticinese descendant, Adami. Continue reading
Typical third – or economy – class travel is a lot cheaper nowadays than it was 100 years ago, or when the mass migrations overseas began in the mid 19th century. Continue reading