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Report 1857: Seeking Italian Roots

By SuzanneF from Rhode Island, USA, Summer 2010

Trip Description: The Ferrios spend some time visiting Florence and Cinque Terre before seeking their Italian heritage in Piedmont.

Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Liguria, Piemonte, Tuscany

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Day Tours; Sightseeing; Walking/Hiking; Independent Travel; 3-4 people

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Page 1 of 11: The Planning Begins

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The Ferrios Head To The "Old" Country

About a year ago Tom's Uncle Joe mentioned that he would like to see the “old country” their ancestors came from. Joe relayed the story of his father who traveled to America with his family when he was nine years old. He had told Joe that he wanted to return to the "old country" for a visit; unfortunately, he passed away before he could make the trip. So, in his honor, Tom and Joe seek their Italian heritage and return to the "old country."

The planning for the trip began. I started making the plane and accommodation reservations; Tom started what would become almost a year of intensive genealogy research.

Angelo Ferrero (Joe's father, Tom's grandfather) was born in Cuorgne, Torino, Piemonte, Italy, on October 28, 1899. His family immigrated to America, arriving in New York on February 4, 1907.

Mary Ferro (Joe's mother, Tom's grandmother) was born in Clinton, Indiana, on August 20, 1906. Mary' parents were Giuseppe Ferro Bosone (born in Canischio, Piemonte, Italy)and Dominica Carrera (born in Pratiglione, Piemonte, Italy). Giuseppe and Dominica immigrated to America with their families in 1900; both families settled in Clinton, Indiana. Giuseppe and Dominica married in 1901.

Based on Tom's initial research, we had at least three towns to visit in the Piemonte region. However, Joe and Barb had never been to Italy, so the decision was made to make short visits to Florence and the Cinque Terre before heading to the Piemonte.

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