Maurice Perret: Scholar of the Italian-speaking Swiss

img_1689 by Tony Quinn

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

Excellent reference work on Ticino

From Marilyn L. Geary, United States

I came across a document on the web that may be useful for researchers who are looking for their roots in Ticino. It’s called the “Annuario della Repubblica e Cantone del Ticino: per l’anno 1859-1860” and it lists all kinds of information about the Canton, the political organization and leaders, the churches and hospitals and professions. Continue reading

L’avventura californiana di Silvio Giuseppe Debernardi

di Natascha De Bernardi, Svizzera

Silvio Giuseppe Debernardi è nato a Lodano il 14 gennaio 1873; è il terzo figlio di Pasquale e Teresa nata Tunzi. All’inizio di aprile del 1891, a 18 anni, Silvio parte per raggiungere i due fratelli maggiori, Geremia e Golia, in California. Continue reading

Tamagni grandfather built house of stone

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

Any one out there with these names in family tree?

By genealogist Jill Sybalsky, United States

Are any of these names in your family tree?

Marci, Cerini, Malugani, Lanini, Patà, Ferrini, Giottonini, Lesnini, Tamò, Perozzi, Sonognini, Gernardini, Matasci, Volpini, Lucchini, Berunda, Bianchi, Ferrasci, Dughi, Cantoni, Jop/Joppi, Miossi, Pinana, Martella, Fratessa, Franchini, Bustelli, Capini, Carletta and Danini. Continue reading

Alla scoperta dell’Australia

di Giorgio Cheda, storico

Durante l’estate 1992 ho accompagnato un gruppo di amici in Australia. Il viaggio era stato ideato con un duplice obiettivo: scoprire alcune meraviglie naturalistiche del continente, e visitare la regione, direttamente a nord di Melbourne, dove, a metà Ottocento, due migliaia di contadini ticinesi hanno inseguito invano la dea fortuna propagandata dalle agenzie d’emigrazione d’oltralpe. Continue reading

Discovering Australia

by historian Giorgio Cheda

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

Giovanni Romano, da Magliaso all’Argentina

di Graziella Bezzola-Romano, Svizzera

Sono alla ricerca di documenti o persone che hanno informazioni sul fratello di mio bisnonno, Giovanni Romano, che é emigrato dal Ticino, Magliaso, verso l’Argentina, forse Buenos Aires, nel 1872-74…. e sembra abbia avuto 4 figli: Cipriano, Enrico, Luigi e Pietro. 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

Johanni Lurati e Caroline Machetti

di Maureen Sartori Peterson

Mio cugino Kevin Slattery ha pazientemente atteso informazioni sul suo albero genealogico prima della sua partenza per l’Europa, fra pochi giorni.

Sta cercando informazioni su Johanni Lurati, nato nel 1810 in Ticino, e su sua moglie Caroline Machetti. Hanno avuto diversi figli e mio cugino sta cercando notizie anche su di loro. Continue reading

Help request regarding grandmother

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.