Saturday, August 31, 2019

What's in a Name?

I came in from cleaning some of the garden and thought I would work on my family tree.  Unfortunately, the site containing the old Italian records is not working right now.  So, I thought I would share just a small glimpse of what I have discovered, with more to come later.

I have found direct ancestors back to birth dates in the mid 1700's.  I now know who my fourth great-grandparents are on my Mother's side of the family and my fifth great-grandparents on my Father's side.  I am surprised to say the least.

As for the title of the post, I will share with you the various last names that make up this prestigious line of people who brought you yours truly.  In alphabetical order, they are:

Bellot,  Bernarduz,  Bertolla,  Bialobrzeska,  de Biasi, Deanna 'detta' Busai,  Diana 'detto' Busai,  del Pup 'detta' Susan,  Dobkowski,  Falomo,  Gardonio,  Jacinski,  Kozimor,  Lenarduz,  Lenien,  Mariuz,  Mascherin,  Modzelewska,  Ongaro,  Rossetto,  Silarski,  Skarzynska,  Szal,  Turrin,  Zelico,  and Zydek.

Those 'detto' and detta' names are Italian and are given to children to indicate a particular descendant line.  It is confusing when a mother gives her surname on a birth certificate one time and the next time gives her 'detta' name.  I thought one of my great grandfathers had two wives, lol.  Found the marriage certificate and realized there was only one woman in his life. 

If any of you have any of these names in your family tree, we might be related.  I have over 16,000 DNA matches, so who knows.

10 comments:

  1. Fascinating lists of names. Good job with your searching too! I would be curious the stories behind some of the names if there are stories like Zelico and Zydek.

    betty

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    1. Zelico is my 4th great grandmother on my maternal grandmother's side of the family. I do not know where she was born, but her son was born in 1793 in Prata di Pordenone in what was then the Republic of Venice, soon to be ceded to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The country of Italy wasn't established until 1861.

      Zydek was my 5th great grandmother on my fraternal grandmother's side of the family. All I know is that she was likely born in Galicia, today part of southern Poland, around 1765. Another cousin found this info.

      As a matter of fact, I've discovered many distant cousins who are researching and finding ancestors.

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  2. What a colourful collection of names! They couldn't be more different from mine, although my Mother's maiden name is French and quite pleasant sounding!

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    1. They are a mouthful. No Smith or Jones among them.

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  3. Phew, what a list. I have some family tree information for both of us, but never really studied it. I would be quite interested but am way too lazy to do the research. What I have was done by other relatives. I have had contact from an unknown relative in Oz from my family and we have more contact from another relative on Matt's side, also in Oz.

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    1. Yes, there is a far distant cousin in Oz. Her family moved there from Poland in the 50's. She actually found some of the Polish info for me. Another Italian cousin in New Zealand who was from Ontario originally. A fourth cousin in Toronto and I discovered how we were related after DNA testing, a Facebook request, and a woman in Italy who looked up old records. It is interesting.

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  4. Fascinating family history! Sounds like your ancestors were spread far and wide. Good luck with your future searches.

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    1. Actually, my ancestors are all from three small regions in Italy and Poland.

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  5. That list makes you a true American! In my family, I can go back only 2 generations: Kotzovitch and Liebovitch on my father's side, Stern and Fantl on my mother's.

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    1. Once you start on the genealogy sites, you can find loads of info. Especially if you have DNA results.

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