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A Walk in Nature and History of Abruzzo: Mt. Porrara and the Freedom Trail

Past week we did a hike on the ridges of the Porrara Mountain (Majella National Park). The hike allows to enjoy a pure nature and to live the traces of recent history. In fact the place was a strategic stronghold for Germans during WWII, because offered a wide view over…

Gioacchino Toma, La guardia alla ruota dei trovatelli

Infant Abandonment and the Foundling Wheel in Southern Italy

We receive quite often requests from persons who look for ancestors that, at some point, are listed in the papers as born from unknown parents. Provided that it’s not possible to make a general analysis of this kind of situations, it’s quite common in these cases to find children that grew…


Some Successful Italians in the Argentina of 1899

Some days ago we came across this interesting book dated 1899, the Biographical Dictionary of the Italians in the Plata (“Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani al Plata”), that reports origin, a short biography, and the work and social position of the Italians emigrated during 1800s that achieved the success. Among them…

Priest family featured

Interview: David Priest is researching his origins in Abruzzo

David Priest lives in North Carolina with his wife Maribeth and their two children, Ryan and Ryley. He was born and raised in Pennsville, New Jersey. David is the youngest child of Louis James Priest III and Beverly Longacre Priest. He has two older brothers Marc and Stephen. David’s father Louis is one of five children born to Louis Priest Jr. and Helen Ferrelli Priest both of them born in USA from parents who immigrated from the Italian region Abruzzo.

Historical Notaries in the Area of Guardiagrele, Chieti

The following are the notaries for the area of Guardiagrele. Please note that notaries of an area drew up deeds also for people of other towns, that used to apply to him, and the notary himself could have worked also in other areas. This sometimes can make harder the study…