Although most families hold reunions to coincide with various milestones in each member’s life, the Spremulli’s, who have long-time ties to Johnston, Cranston and Providence, have always taken a much different route. On a recent sunny afternoon, the Spremulli brothers – John, Tony and Joe – held their annual family reunion-luncheon inside famed Twi...

This summer in late July the members of Tony and Pauline Oropallo’s family will gather for their "Big Six" family reunion. The tradition began in the late 1970s and there has been at least one reunion every decade since. The name "Big Six" is in honor of the six Oropallo children: Harry, Eugene, Mary, Louis, Teresa and Anthony. Family members will...

When: Saturday, May 19, 2018 From 10:00 am To 1:30 pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Los angeles - Organized by: IIC & Lingua Viva - Entrance: Fee $105 *To register please call (310) 824-7408 or email classes.iicla@esteri.it Back by Popular Demand! Millions of Americans identify themselves as having Italian ancestry. If you’re one of them,...

Childhood is, or should be, a time of innocence, and for a while that is the way it was for brothers Michael Jr. and Jeffrey Gentile. And then a pistol fell out of a coat. “We were taking the coats from people who had come over to visit our parents and this gun just dropped on the floor,” says Michael. “For us it wasn’t a matter of, ‘Oh my God, loo...

Researchers of Sicilian and Italian genealogy are blessed by the wealth of original records of birth, baptism, marriage and death that may be found for many ancestral towns, on microfilm or on line. Often those original records may have misspellings, or valid variations of given names or surnames.  In many cases, misspellings by English-speaking cl...

When your ancestors settled in America, many of the important events that happened in their lives and their families’ lives were recorded in U.S. vital records. The main types of records that may yield valuable information about your ancestors are marriage, birth and death records. Each of these types of records has a distinct advantage in discover...

I grew up, as I’m sure many of you did, with a lot of Italian relatives who married into your family line, but some were a little different. There might be a godmother who doesn’t quite connect to the tree or folks who we call our “uncles” and “aunts,” but were they really related? “Who was Cooma Micheline? Is she a cousin of Nonna?” Nobody seemed...

The race question is going to get complicated for many people who identify as white on the U.S. census. Since 1960, when U.S. residents were first allowed to self-report their race on the census, just answering “White” has been enough to complete the race question. But the federal government is now preparing to essentially ask non-Hispanic white pe...

Maybe you got one of those find-your-ancestry kits over the holidays. You've sent off your awkwardly-collected saliva sample, and you're awaiting your results. If your experience is anything like that of me and my mom, you may find surprises — not the dramatic "switched at birth" kind, but results that are really different from what you expected. M...

Jenny Tonks, a professional genealogist, will present a program on Italian genealogy on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Hall LIbrary (2 North Main Street, Andover, MA). The program will focus on Italian emigration to the U.S., the relevant demographic patterns that help break through brick walls, and strategies for corresponding direct...