Tag Archives: Italy

Emanuelo (Italy)

My family’s most recent immigration story occurred so long ago that, when interviewed, my mother had to recount the number of “greats” that came before grandfather. My great-great-great grandfather, Emanuelo Oliva, was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1840, and immigrated to the United States with his family, including his three brothers. The family eventually made their way across the country to California, ... Read More »

Scottish Lass Seeks a Man and a Tan

Anna Fiorina immigrated to California in 1962 from Scotland. She was born in 1941 to an Italian/Scots couple named Armando(Andy) and Kathy Bertellotti. They had married in 1936 against their parents wishes ,partly because he was Italian and she a Scot and partly because of religion, Catholic and Protestant. They ran a small fish and chip shop in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire ... Read More »

Aly Solly Pieretti’s Immigration story

It was the year 1920 and the 8-year-old Aly Solly ran up to the deck of the ship. She saw the huge magnificent, glowing, Statue of Liberty she was taken back in amazement. Never seeing something so huge and beautiful she looked over to her family and started to cry with joy and hope and pure happiness. She lived in ... Read More »

Vincenzo Cortese

The apricot trees in Santa Clara Valley have been planted and watered to flourish into a fruitful county. The nutrients of the soil in which these trees were rooted remain plentiful in the legacy of Vincenzo Cortese. In the year 1911,  thirteen-year-old Vincenzo Cortese followed his father and older brother to Chicago alongside his mother and sister. The journey from ... Read More »

Herb Neuwalder

After being imprisoned by Nazis in Austria, Herb Neuwalders family was split apart throughout the war. Neuwalder, a Jewish dentist, moved to Italy.  His wife (not Jewish) stayed in Vienna. His son and daughter through Kinder Transport, went to separate foster families in England. Herb  was eventually imprisoned again in an Italian Concentration Camp. The family was reunited in Italy ... Read More »

Carlo Baldassari

At fourteen, a  Renaissance man in the making embarked on a journey, which would mark the beginning of a new life. Carlo Baldassari was the eldest son in a family of seven children. He arrived upon the shores of Galveston and made his way to New York. In order to provide for himself, Baldassari sold brooms and possibly participated in ... Read More »

Diane Janine Norma Morin

Each of my names belongs to to former (deceased) member of my family. Diane was my french great grandmother; Janine was my french grandmother (“Ninette” we called her); Norma was my Oklahoman born mother; Morin… well that’s us, my father’s side of my family and those of us who came from Patrick and Norma. The names are important as they ... Read More »

Italian War Bride Francesca Nicolina Tommasina Sorvillo Stewart

I am from Naples, Italy. Naples is a beautiful city. But October 1, 1943 when the American troops finally came in the city, Naples was a big gigantic mess. No electricity, no gas, no water and no food, just garbage everywhere. You see, when the German troops left they blew up and destroyed whatever was left. Anyway, I’ve barely started ... Read More »

Gelsimino Joe Tufo

My grandfather was born in Verbicaro, a small Southern Italian inland town in  Calabria, Italy. His passport says that he was born in 1892.     His family was quite poor working in the fields.   His mother collected spare coins in a handkerchief over the door sill until she had gathered enough to send her 17 year old son ... Read More »

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