I am related to a TERRASI line in Maturin, Venezuela. I have just
started my research in that county. I do speak some Spanish..but it is
very rusty. I have not used in in 30 years. There is currently a
posting at Genforum from aa AMATO who lives in Brasil--may be a clue to
Are you aware of the Sicilian naming traditions? We a Michael
AMATO in our lines. (Also Sam, Antonino, and George). Michael AMATO
died just last year in Florida...appearently the Alzheimer's gene also
runs in that line, as he died in end stage Alzhiemer's Disease.
Anyway, this branch was from Sicily, likely Palermo Province, settled
first in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, then in Madison, Wisconsin and wintered
in Florida.We are also related to PETTA line..some settled in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin and some in Rockford, Illinois...there may have
even been a branch in Waukegan, Illinois, but I have not been able to
prove or disprove that branch.
I have a database with 2700 related names. Some of the names include:
PETTA, BALSAMO, RANDAZZO, RUSSO..many from the Milwaukee,
area..if your Italian/Arberesh side is smaller, perhaps you could send
me some of the
surnames you are interested in???
These are the major surnames in my database...hope this helps. Are you
member of P.O.I.N.T.? It stands for "Pursuing Our Italian Names
have been a member for 4 years and it has been very helpful to me. The
have local chapters and meetings which are called "Pointers in Person"
There is a PIP meeting in Milwaukee at 11:00AM at the Italian Community
Center. I am taking my dad with me this time. Annually the POINT group
publishes a directory with the names of people who are researching,
addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses (what ever way the
be contacted). This directory is set up to cross research by surname,
town of origin. Quarterly, they publish a small magazine which I find
interesting..lots of culture and heritage.
Again, hope I have been helpful. Looking forward to hearing from you,
My RANDAZZO line is related to the TERRASI line which settled in
currently at: firstname.lastname@example.org (Family crisis)
home e-mail: email@example.com
Web Page: http://www2.tscnet.com/~snokes (need to be updated with 18 months of
info, but you might find it interesting)
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