Saturday, January 21, 2012

Francesco Bruno Angilletta

Francesco Bruno Angilletta
23 Mar 1895 - 21 Jan 1989

Thinking about my Nonno Bruno today as it marks the 23rd year anniversary of his death.

Nonno was born 23 Mar 1895 to Rocco and Maria Andrianò of Ardore. He was one of nine children. He served and survived both both World Wars but was injured in WW1. In about 1918 he married Domenica Caterina Fuda, his older brother's widow who perished in WW1 as was the custom in Italy during that time. Together they had six children and numerous grandchildren - all who adored him and many, including myself, who were present to see him celebrate his 93rd birthday.

Nonno died 10 months later from natural causes on a Saturday afternoon about 2:30 pm (8:30 pm in Italy) in Locri where he is buried with Domenica and many of his family. There is an error on his tombstone placing his birth at 1885 which I hopefully will be able to correct one day.

Rest in Peace Nonno - I miss you.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Blackout in Effect

In protest of SOPA and PIPA I have blacked out all my sites for the next 24 hours along many other sites.

If internet blacklist legislation becomes law many sites will be blacked out. This may affect sites such as Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook and many more.

To find out more about this law visit

Let's make our voices heard ... STOP AMERICAN CENSORSHIP!

We will return tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

GeneaPress: Registration for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) Opens January 17, 2012

GeneaPress: Registration for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) Opens January 17, 2012

Sunday, January 8, 2012

In Memory Ernesto Salvati

Ernesto Salvati
1908 - 1975

Today marks the 37th anniversary date of the death of my maternal grand father, Ernesto Salvati who was the son of Emilio Francesco and Francesca Raffaella Napolitano. He was born 6 Jun 1908 in Malito, Cosenza, Italy and died on 8 Jan 1975 in Yonkers, Westchester County , New York. On 16 Feb 1930 he married Erminia Polito in Malito. [1]

In WW2 he fought for Italy and was captured. He was held as a POW, in Tunisia for several years. At that time his family was not aware he had been captured and were uncertain as to whether or not he was alive. He was later released and returned to his family.

He and my grand mother had 3 living children and a premature child who died shortly after birth. In the early 1960's they moved to Yonkers where they worked and lived until their deaths in the mid 1970's. Erminia died first in Oct 1974 and Ernesto died 3 months later from a terminal brain tumor which he had been diagnoised with a year earlier.

At the time of their deaths, they had 12 grandchildren (one who passed as
an infant) and 1 great grandchild. They are buried in Saint Joseph Cemetery in Yonkers, Westchester County, New York. [2]

The picture on the right was taken in the winter of 2011 and sent to me by a cousin.

More about Ernesto and his ancestors can be seen on my Napolitano pages on Gente.


[1] Nuccia Salvati, "Atto di Nascita #31" , Comune di Malito, added 2008 ( : accessed 8 Jan 2012).
[2] Mike Savoca, “Ernesto Salvati" - Memorial #20157211,” Find a Grave, added 28 Jun 2007 ( : accessed 8 Jan 2012).

Monday, January 2, 2012

San Francesco di Paola Statue Missing

Excellent Post about San Francesco di Paola written by my friend Cathy. Check it out here:

San Francesco di Paola Statue Missing