American Italian Research Library helps many connect to their roots

Feb 06, 2019 1163

Sal Serio's last trip to Sicily, his ancestral home, three years ago left an enduring imprint in his mind. It's one that he replays frequently. "It was my fourth time to visit Sicily," said Serio, 84, and a native New Orleanian. "Where my ancestors lived was in a town located on the Tyrrhenian Sea. One day, I walked to the edge of the sea and sat on a boulder."

Serio wasn't prepared for what happened next. "I started crying," he said. "I had no reason to cry, but the tears came. At first, I couldn't understand why I was crying." As Serio sat on the boulder, he mentally reflected about his ancestors and Sicilian heritage, especially his great grandfather.


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