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|Sanremo - Panorama dalla Madonna della Costa (2003)|
I was born in Rome, Italy, however my MORENO family has its roots in Sanremo. My paternal grandfather was a medical doctor, his surgery was in Via Feraldi nr 3, in the center of Sanremo. He was known as "meigo Berasci", "meigo" is a dialect word meaning medical doctor, also Berasci is a dialect word that means "curly hair". I started my research after I found 3 integral copies of the birth acts (Estratti di nascita) related to my paternal Great-grandfather, his father and his grandfather, all the certificates were released by the St. Siro Parish in Sanremo and contained the name of the parents of the infant and his marriage information. I took a paper sheet torn from a squared exercise book and a pencil and I started drawing the Moreno tree beginning with my 3rd Great-Grandfather Gio-Batta, married to Caterina Robiola. We were in the late 70's... My research mainly went on through informal interviews of my relatives in Sanremo, other info was taken from the tombstones in the cemetery of Sanremo. And for many years the research was limited to the Moreno surname... At the beginning of 2005 I contacted the priest of the St Siro Parish. After several months, several calls and personal visits I was able to learn the name of my 4th Great-Grandfather, Joannes (Giovanni) Moreno, married to Brigida Massa.
|Dollero and Martin coats of arms|
I have very little information about the Olivero family, which is my paternal grandmother branch with roots in Caramagna Piemonte (Cuneo). Based on a manuscript from my father, I was able to know the name of my great-grandparents, Francesco and Giuseppina Casale. My mother was telling the Dollero were cousins of the Olivero, Rosalia Dollero, widow Cane, was the mother of Ernesta Cane married to Tancredi Dollero, Emanuele's and Adolfo's father. My probable best guessing is that Rosalia was Francesco's sister.
My mother's mother, Corinna
Drake, was British although she was born in Savona, Italy, and she never crossed
the Channel. She claimed she was a descendant of the famous pirate
Sir Francis Drake, her
family owned a sword and a silver cup, gift from Queen Elizabeth I. But
apparently Sir Francis Drake
no children... My granny had several siblings, I heard 21, a
manuscript of my mother is listing 15
names and 11 of them died adults. Four of the Drake sisters got married in Italy
to Italian gentlemen: Jane (1856-1941) to Giuseppe Sangiorgi, Florence (1857-1939) to Riboldi,
Alice (1859-1935) to Enea Zuffi and
Corinna (1873-1964) to Emanuele Dollero in 1906.
Unfortunately I never exploited my mother's extraordinary historical memory, she knew and was in good friendship with all the relatives, on both Drake and Dollero sides. A lot of stories about he family were lost forever when she passed away. I continued to informally interview all the relatives that I had the opportunity to meet. Searching among the paper left by my mother I was able to find many information however the Drake branch is still full of gaps. I found out the name of Corinna's mother because her parents are cited in a birth certificate issued by the British Consulate in Genova. They say that James Drake and Jane Moore owned a vessel and spent most of their time traveling around the world.
|Moore coat of arms|
|Boyle coat of arms|
The family of my wife, Licia MARTINUZZI originally came from Tricesimo, in Italy, province of Udine. In the 17th century, Lorenzo Martinuzzi, stone cutter, moved to Albona, now named Labin, Istria, Croatia, where he started to build the house in the old part of town called Rialto. The house is still existing and became the birth home of Giuseppina Martinuzzi, famous educator, writer, fighter for the rights of workers, a great friend of the coal miners and a promoter of coexistence between Italians and Croats in Istria. The creation of the initial genealogical tree of the Martinuzzi family was speed up by the finding, amongst my father-in-law's papers, of a manuscript from him with a transcription of a descendant chart drawn by his aunt Giuseppina and including the beginning of the family history: "Our grandfather (Giovanni Pietro [1807-1895]) was telling that 300 years ago the first Martinuzzi arrived from Tricesimo, this first Martinuzzi was a stone cutter or a bricklayer because he, or his son, built maybe a portion of the wing of the house in Albona..." . One of my father-in-law virtues was tidiness and it was easy for me to find many documents useful to enrich the tree. Later on I had a great contribution from Alberto Martinuzzi and Giorgio Marsan.
Also the BARTOLI family - Bartoli is the surname of my mother-in-law - has its roots in Istria. Matteo Bartoli was born in Rovigno in 1815, and later on the family moved to. I have very little information about this family and they are the result of a single although long chat with uncle Enzo, my wife's maternal uncle. One of Licia's great uncles, Matteo Giulio Bartoli, was a famous Italian linguist, professor of comparative history of classical and neo-Latin languages at the University of Pisa and Turin, one of the most knowledgeable people about Dalmatic and Istrian dialects.
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