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  • Our Sicilian Family Tree

    Our Sicilian Family Tree

    •Child – Sarah Elizabeth Raciti
    •Child – Rachel Maree Raciti

    •Mum – Antonina Jane Raciti (Fuoti)
    •Dad – Giovanni Raciti

    •Grandfather –Mum’s Side- Giuseppe Fuoti
    •Grandmother-Mum’s Side Giovanna Fuoti (Patti)

    •Great-GF Mum’s Side – Arcangelo Patti
    •Great-GM Mum’s Side – Antonina Patti (Todaro)

    •Great-GF Mum’s Dad’s Side – Basilo Fuoti
    •Great-GM Mum’s Dad’s Side – Giuseppa Fuoti (La Rosa)

    •Grandfather – Dad’s Side – Salvatore Raciti
    •Grandmother –Dad’s Side – Grazia Maria Tindara Raciti (Azzolina)

    •Great-GF Dad’s Dad’s side – Vincenzo Caggegi Raciti
    •Great-GM Dad’s Dad’s Side – Maria Concetta Raciti (Zingali)

    •Great-GF Dad’s Mum’s Side – Giovanni Azzolina
    •Great-GM Dad’s Mum’s Side – Francessca Azzolina (Serraino)

    Via my name research I found that:

    Serraino: is Spanish. Probably miss-spelt: Serrano. I did found a R1b member match.

    Azzolina: is Italian – Germanic. It means Noble in German - Azzo.

    Raciti: is Spanish. Could mean both Rais = Leader / Captain in Arabic or Ricci = Curly hair in Italian.

    Caggegi: Could be Haggegi: People of the mosque. Or could mean: People from Cagge.

    Zingali: is Italian – Germanic. It means – people who live on the ‘belt’ of a town.

  • #2
    My (Mother's side) Grandmother's Father & Mother were: Diego Serraino, Grazia Merlo. Their Parents were: Neosi, Aliberti.

    My (Mother's side) Grandfather's Father & Mother were: Rosario Azzolina, Renna, Letizia.

    My (Father's side) Grandfather's Father & Mother were: Caggegi, Mezzeo, Palermo.

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    • #3
      Rosario Azzolina was a Knight of Vittorio Veneto in the first world war. His grave is in Santo Stefano di Camastra.

      Giovanni Azzolina was a POW in the second world war. His grave is in Australia, Victoria, Melbourne - Springvale.

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      • #4
        The Merlo's died in the US. My nonno Giovanni died in Melbourne. Most of our family is in Santo Stefano di Camastra ME Sicily, Italy, and Randazzo CT Sicily, Italy.

        Azzolina, Patti, Fuoti came from:
        Comune di Santo Stefano di Camastra
        http://www.comuni-italiani.it/083/091/index.html

        Raciti, Caggegi, Zingali came from:
        Comune di Randazzo CT
        http://www.comuni-italiani.it/087/038/index.html

        Diego Serraino came from Comune di Gioiosa Marea ME
        http://www.comuni-italiani.it/083/033/index.html

        Vincenzo Caggegi-Raciti came from Francavilla di Sicilia ME
        http://www.comune.francavilladisicilia.me.it/

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        • #5
          Italian & Australian citizens

          My wife Jane and our two daughters Sarah Elizabeth and Rachel Maree are both Italian & Australian citizens.


          From Elvira Boselli <[email protected]>
          Sent Thursday, November 24, 2005 2:08 pm
          To [email protected]
          Subject Italian citizenship

          Further to your email message of November 18, please be advised that your wife and daughters have been recognised the Italian citizenship and have been enrolled in the Anagrafe Consolare of the Italian citizens residing in NSW.

          Sincerely,

          Elvira Boselli
          Vice Consul

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          • #6
            Jane Fuoti Great-Grand Parents were: La Rosa, Russo.

            Giovanni Azzolina: Had a diploma in Agriculture, Messina.

            Grazia Azzolina: Has a diploma in Dress Making, Messina.

            Jane Fuoti: Has a High School Cert HSC NSW OLSH.

            Giovanni Raciti: Has a High School Cert VCE VIC St.Bede’s, BA Monash, Grad Cert Swinburne, Grad Cert UTS Sydney.

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            • #7
              12 Marker Y-DNA – John Giovanni Raciti - Exact Matches

              12 Marker Y-DNA – John Giovanni Raciti - Exact Matches

              R1B

              DYS393 = 13
              DYS19/394 = 14
              DYS391 = 11
              DYS439 = 12
              DYS389-1 = 13
              DYS389-2 = 16/29
              DYS388 = 12
              DYS390 = 24
              DYS426 = 12
              DYS385a = 11
              DYS385b = 14
              DYS392 = 13

              Exact Population Matches:

              Spain = 6%
              Italy = 6%
              Netherlands = 6%
              Wales = 6%
              Ireland = 5%
              Great Britain = 4%
              British Isles = 4%
              Belgium = 4%
              France = 3%

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              • #8
                http://www.italian-embassy.org.ae/Am...olari/Anagrafe

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                • #9
                  My Family Tree DNA Results

                  Family Tree DNA

                  Exact Matches

                  British Isles 5%
                  England 3%
                  France 3%
                  Germany 2%
                  Great Britain 4%
                  Ireland 3%
                  Netherlands 5%
                  Scotland 4%
                  Spain 3%
                  Switzerland 2%
                  United Kingdom 3%
                  United States 1%
                  Wales 6%


                  One Step Mutations

                  British Isles 13%
                  England 11%
                  France 12%
                  Germany 7%
                  Great Britain 11%
                  Ireland 13%
                  Italy 3%
                  Mexico 2%
                  Netherlands 10%
                  Poland 1%
                  Scotland 11%
                  Spain 11%
                  Sweden 10%
                  Switzerland 10%
                  United Kingdom 10%
                  United States 4%
                  Wales 14%


                  Two Step Mutations

                  British Isles 15%
                  England 17%
                  France 15%
                  Germany 12%
                  Great Britain 21%
                  Ireland 16%
                  Italy 7%
                  Mexico 4%
                  Netherlands 12%
                  Poland 2%
                  Scotland 19%
                  Spain 3%
                  Ukraine 1%
                  United Kingdom 17%
                  United States 5%
                  Wales 16%

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                  • #10
                    Family History

                    Serrano - Serraino Family History

                    The Serrano - Serraino Origin (Spanish)

                    The Serrano - Serraino family originally lived near a ridge or chain of hills in Castile. The name was originally derived from the Old French word Serre, but it was recorded in medieval documents in the Latin form Serra, which means ridge.

                    First found in Castile, the medieval Spanish kingdom.

                    The Crown of Aragon extended its Mediterranean empire with the recapture of Mallorca in 1229 and Sicily in 1282 and it remained an important power throughout the Middle Ages. In 1469, King Ferdinand of Aragon married Isabella of Castile and this union brought together the two most powerful kingdoms of Spain to create a united Spanish nation.


                    Azzo - Azzolina Family History

                    The Azzo - Azzolina Origin (French - Germanic)

                    The surname Azzo - Azzolina came from a personal Frankish name "Azzo."

                    The distinguished surname Azzo - Azzolina originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States.

                    The most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing feudal system. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era.

                    The Frankish People:
                    The Merovingian kings claimed descent of their dynasty from the Sicambri, a Scythian or Cimmerian tribe, asserting that this tribe had changed their name to "Franks" in 11 BC


                    Zingale - Zingali Family History

                    Zingale Origin (Spanish - Italian)


                    Caggegi - Caggege Family History

                    Cagge - Caggegi - Caggege Origin (Spanish - Italian)

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                    • #11
                      Azzolina Coat of Arms, Family Crest

                      http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/asp.f...mily-crest.htm

                      http://www.historicalnames.com/namel...rname=Azzolina

                      http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/asp.f...mily-crest.htm

                      Meaning: Azzo - personal Frankish name.


                      Serraino Coat of Arms, Family Crest

                      http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/asp.f...mily-crest.htm

                      http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/asp.f...mily-crest.htm

                      CASTELLO DEL BALIO (Erice)

                      E' proprietà delle famiglia Serraino.

                      http://www.castelli-sicilia.com/links.asp?CatId=68

                      Meaning: Ridge - People living near a ridge.



                      Blasone - famiglia Caggio - Caggegi


                      Antica e nobile famiglia della città di Palermo originaria d'Alemagna

                      al dir di Mugnos. Commendansi Giorgio Caggio castellano del palazzo

                      reale di Palermo; Luca figlio del precedente, paggio di rè Martino e

                      tant'altri gentiluomini, tra' quali si annovera un fra' Luca Caggio

                      cavaliere gerosolimitano nel 1590.

                      Arma: campo d'argento con una croce scorciata di rosso accompagnata

                      in punta da una stella dello stesso.

                      http://www.famiglia-nobile.com/links.asp?CatId=422

                      Meaning: People of the Church



                      Zingali - Zingale - Zingel - Zing - Zinger Family Crest

                      Origin: German

                      First found in Bavaria, where the name was closely identified in

                      early medieval times with the feudal society which would become

                      prominent throughout European history.

                      First found in Saxony, where this family name became a prominent

                      contributor to the development of the district from ancient times.

                      Meaning: Belt - People living on the belt of the town.

                      http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/asp.f...mily-crest.htm

                      http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/asp.f...mily-crest.htm

                      http://www.heraldry.ws/coatsofarms/zingel.gif

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                      • #12
                        Blasone - famiglia Merlo

                        Nobile ed antica famiglia portoghese, sparsa in Ispagna ed in

                        Sicilia, come dal nobiliario del conte Bracelos.
                        Un Corriglio de Merlo capitano di 200 fanti spagnuoli la portò in

                        Sicilia.
                        Ne vennero varì distinti personaggi, tra cui meritano essere notati:

                        un Giuseppe Merlo e Ducci regio tesoriere delle finanze doganali, e

                        marchese di s. Elisabetta investito 1785; un Domenico maresciallo di

                        campo, Directorytore generale de' Dazi InDirectoryti, controloro generale

                        delle officine militari, insignito di vari ordini; un barone Giuseppe

                        Merlo controloro generale delle officine militari, e cav. della

                        Corona di Ferro; un Carlo capitano della r. marina e comandante del

                        porto di Trapani; un Domenico marchese come sopra e senatore di

                        Falermo 1853; altro Carlo barone di Tagliavia Directorytore del Demanio e

                        Tasse, officiale dell'Ordine de7 ss. Mauri zio e Lazzaro; ed un

                        Vincenzo barone di Tripi.
                        Arma: tagliato, d'azzurro e d'oro, con la banda di rosso

                        attraversante sul tagliato, sormontata da un merlo passante d'oro.

                        Corona di marchese.

                        http://www.famiglia-nobile.com/links.asp?CatId=947

                        Mean: Type of bird

                        The Sicilian Peerage

                        Baron of Tripi - Merlo

                        Barone di Tripi don Giuseppe Merlo, Marchese di S. Elisabetta, n.

                        1929.

                        http://www.chivalricorders.org/nobility/peersici.htm

                        http://www.regalis.com/sicpeers.htm



                        Raciti - Rais - Ricci famiglia

                        Saragossa Spain

                        Meaning: Leader, Captain

                        Meaning: Curly Hair

                        Ischia - is a volcanic (additional info and facts about volcanic)

                        island (A land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by

                        water) in the Tyrrhenian Sea (An arm of the Mediterranean between

                        Italy and the islands of Corsica and Sardinia and Sicily) , at the

                        northern end of the Gulf of Naples (additional info and facts about

                        Gulf of Naples).

                        Throughout the fifteenth century, the island suffered the incursions

                        of pirate (Someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea

                        without having a commission from any sovereign nation) s and Barbary

                        (A region of northern Africa on the Mediterranean coast between Egypt

                        and Gibraltar; was used as a base for pirates from the 16th to 19th

                        centuries) privateers (An officer or crew member of a privateer) -

                        in 1543-44 Khair ad Din (additional info and facts about Khair ad

                        Din) , called Barbarossa (Barbary pirate (died in 1546)) , laid waste

                        to the island, taking 4,000 prisoners in the process. In 1548 and

                        1552 Ischia was beset by his successor Dragut Rais. With the

                        increasing rarity and diminishing severity of the piratical attacks

                        later in the century and the construction of better defenses, the

                        islanders began to venture out of the castle and it was then that the

                        historic center of the town of Ischia was begun. Even so many

                        inhabitants still ended up slaves to the pirates, the last known

                        being taken in 1796.

                        Commander Amuret Dragut Rais
                        The Rearguard

                        The Turkish Fleet - Ottoman Empire

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                        • #13
                          Fuoti Family Crest

                          First found in Ferrara a city in Emilia captial of the province of Ferrara.

                          http://www.houseofnames.com/coatofar...sp?sId=&s=Foti


                          Patti Family Crest

                          First found in Warwickshire where they were seated from very ancient times as Lords of the Manor of Ilmington conjecturally descended from the land holder recorded in the Domesday Book survey taken in 1086 A.D.

                          http://www.houseofnames.com/coatofar...p?sId=&s=Patti

                          Todaro Family Crest

                          First found in Venice a city and seaport occupying one of the most remarkable sites of the world.

                          http://www.houseofnames.com/coatofar...?sId=&s=Todaro

                          La Rosa Family Crest

                          First found in Italy, where bearers of La Rosa were found since the Middle Ages in many areas of Italy, including Venetia, Emilia and the south.

                          http://www.houseofnames.com/coatofar...sId=&s=La+Rosa


                          Neosi Family Crest - French

                          First found in Maine, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and were seated with lands and manor.

                          http://www.houseofnames.com/coatofar...sp?sId=&s=Neos


                          Aliberti Family Crest

                          The distinguished surname Aliberti can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing feudal system. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Aliberti came from Alberto which is formed from ala, which means everything, and bertha, which means famous. Thus the name means one who is famous in everything.

                          http://www.houseofnames.com/coatofar...Id=&s=Aliberti


                          Russo Family Crest

                          From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Russo family. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany found it necessary to adopt a second name to indentify themselves and their families. The process of adopting fixedhereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Tuscany is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also freqently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Russo is a name for a person with red hair or a reddish complexion. The surname Rossi is derived from the Italian word Rosso, which comes from the Latin word Rubius and Rossius, which mean red. The name Rossi is the most frequently occurring surname in Italy. In the South, the name is usually in its variant forms of Russo, Ruggiu and Ruiu, whereas in the North, Rosso is the most common form of the name

                          http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/asp.f...mily-crest.htm

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                          • #14
                            Vai Francesca Neosi - Pisa

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                            • #15
                              Renna Coat of Arms, Family Crest

                              http://www.houseofnames.com/coatofar...p?sId=&s=Renna

                              The name Renna is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the region of Renwick beside the Eden river in Cumberland. Renna is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.<br><br>Spelling variations include: Renwick, Rennick and others.
                              First found in Cumberland where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

                              Letizia Coat of Arms, Family Crest

                              http://www.houseofnames.com/coatofar...sId=&s=Letizia

                              First found in Ferrara a city in Emilia capital of the province of Ferrara.

                              Mazzeo Coat of Arms, Family Crest

                              http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/asp/s...ms_details.htm

                              The surname Mazzeo is a common occupational name for a person who was a toolmaker. The occupational surname Mazza is derived from the Italian word mazza, which is translated as a club, hammer, mace or staff of office. The name also exists as one of a number of compound names such as Mazzacane, Mazzagalli, Mazzapica, or Mazzamici.

                              Palermo Coat of Arms, Family Crest

                              http://www.houseofnames.com/coatofar...sId=&s=Palermo

                              From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Palermo. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, and does not necessarily denote nobility. The Palermo family lived in the city of Palermo, in northwest Sicily.
                              Spelling variations include: Palermo, Palarmo, Palermoe, Palermow, Palerma and many more.
                              First found in Palermo in Sicily. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records.

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