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. [...]

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.

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 [...]

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 [...]