January 17, 2010, at 6:24 pm

Great Genealogy Hints! WWI Draft Registration Cards

Click here to see the WWI draft registration card for my great uncle, Calogero (Charles or Charlie as we called him!) Bavetta. As you will see from the card, it has lots of good information such as the name of his father (Andrew or Andrea Bavetta) and their addres at the time. When I found this, it was the first official piece of information I found about Andrea Bavetta. I’m still searching to find out the name of his parent’s in Sicily.

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January 13, 2010, at 10:02 pm

Lucien and Mildred Bavetta

Here is a picture of my grandmother and grandfather. My grandfather changed his name from Luciano to Lucien when he arrived in the United States as a young boy.

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January 12, 2010, at 7:54 pm

Italian Given/Baptism Names – follow the pattern

Given Names

Italian given names are often derived from Biblical names, such as Giuseppe (Joseph) or from the names of a saint, such as Francesco (Francis).

When baptized, children were usually given several given names. Some of these may be the names of parents or other relatives. In some areas, names given at baptism were not the same names that the child used during life. Civil registration records may only list a child’s first given name, but church records (such as baptism registers) would list all of the given names.

In Italy a particular naming pattern was very common and continues to be used in some regions today. The following pattern may be helpful in researching family groups and determining the parents of the mother and father:

If a child died, often the name was given to the next child of that gender.

[Research Guidance: Italy - Research Outline] Research Guidance Version Of Data : 6/8/2001.

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January 10, 2010, at 2:32 pm

Sicilian Genealogy and the meaning of Sicilian names; Siciliana Genealogia e il significato dei nomi siciliani

Finding my way in searching for old Sicilian family records has been challenging! I found this website, bestofsicily.org which offers some helpful tidbits. Also interesting is this website that tells the meaning of Siclian names. For example, my great grandfather’s name was Andrea. According to this website, it is now the post popular name in Italy!

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December 27, 2009, at 3:35 pm

The Bavetta Genealogy Project Map! – now on Google Maps

Visit this site and add your location! Bavettas on Google Maps

The Bavetta Genealogy Project is creating family trees for all Bavettas in the world. The website is located at http://www.bavettas.com You can also add your name and city to this map.

Bavetta Genealogy il progetto è la creazione di alberi genealogici per tutti Bavettas nel mondo. Il sito si trova a http://www.bavettas.com Puoi anche il vostro nome e città di questa mappa.

El Proyecto de Genealogía Bavetta crea árboles genealógicos para todo Bavettas en el mundo. El sitio Web es localizado en http: // www.bavettas.com Usted puede también su nombre y ciudad a este mapa.

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December 24, 2009, at 7:35 am

Buon Natale a tutti!

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December 19, 2009, at 10:55 am

Buona Festa e Buon Anno!

December 6 – Marks La Festa di San Nicola (Feast of St. Nicholas), the patron saint of shepherds is celebrated in towns likePollutri with the lighting of fires under enormous cauldrons, where fave beans are cooked, then eaten ceremoniously.

December 8 – L’Immacolata Concezione (Celebration of the Immaculate Conception)

December 13 – La Festa di Santa Lucia (St. Lucy’s Day)

December 24 – La Vigilia di Natale (Christmas Eve)

December 25 – Natale (Christmas) Buona Natale!

December 26 – La Festa di Santo Stefano (St. Stephen’s Day) Which marks the announcement of the birth of Jesus Christ, and the arrival of the Three Wise Men.

December 31 – La Festa di San Silvestro (New Year’s Eve)

January 1 – Il Capodanno (New Year’s Day)

January 6 – La Festa dell’Epifania (The Epiphany)

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December 13, 2009, at 6:10 pm

My Great Grandfather, Andrea Bavetta, Born in Santa Margherita di Belice, Sicily

Photo taken in Los Angeles, California.

Andrea Bavetta, Los Angeles, California circa 1930

Andrea Bavetta, Los Angeles, California circa 1930

Here is a photo of my great grandfather Andrea Bavetta, born in Santa Margherita di Belice, Sicily in 1861.

Ecco una foto di mio bisnonno Bavetta Andrea, nato a Santa Margherita di Belice, in Sicilia nel 1861.

Aquí está una foto de mi bisabuelo Andrea Bavetta, nacido en Santa Margherita di Belice, Sicilia en 1861.

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December 12, 2009, at 9:08 am

Bavetta Family in Argentina

This is a picture of my Bavetta relatives in Argentina. We do not know their names! If you have relatives in Argentina (circa 1900) , maybe you know who is in this picture? Argentine group retouched3

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December 12, 2009, at 8:42 am

Sicilian Family Tree Blog

Here’s an interesting blog and a really friendly and helpful genealogist. The Sicilian Family Tree Blog

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