Matrilineal Monday: My Father’s Matrilineal Line Featured On Who Do You Think You Are?


I was a researcher for several seasons of the American version of Who Do You Think You Are? It was an absolute blast performing the research, and then very interesting to see how the findings were later used for the filming itself.

The focus of WDYTYA? and other genealogy programs tends to focus on celebrities discovering their past (although some shows now have started to feature segments on “everyday” folks who have interesting ancestors too), although I always thought it would be fun to see some of my ancestors featured in a similar way. So imagine my surprise when I recently was watching through a backlog of British WDYTYA? seasons and saw that my father’s matrilineal ancestors were featured in a 2008 episode with British model Jodie Kidd. She was surprised to discover that she had early New England ancestors, whose descendants eventually returned back to England in her direct line.

At the Rowley, Massachusetts Town Clerk’s office, she discovered that her seventh-great-grandfather Richard Hazen (brother to my ancestor Elizabeth Hazen – my father’s ninth-great-grandmother directly on his matrilineal line, and my tenth-great-grandmother) was the son of Edward Hazen and Hannah Grant in the book Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts. Jodie was told that Edward Hazen’s wife Hannah Grant was an original settler of the town of Rowley with her parents Thomas and Jane (Haburne) Grant, who came to America in 1638 aboard the ship John of London with Rev. Ezekiel Rogers as part of the Great Migration.

Jodie then traveled to St. Peter’s Church in Rowley, East Riding, Yorkshire where Rev. Ezekiel Rogers was rector before he was suspended for his Puritan practices. In response, Rev. Rogers gathered almost thirty Puritan families from the area, including the Grant family, and migrated to New England.

St. Peter’s Church, Rowley, East Riding, Yorkshire, England. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Archivist Lizzy Baker from East Riding Archives then pulled out several original parish record books from the nearby town of Cottingham where the Grant family lived, and revealed the baptism record of Hannah Grant, daughter of Thomas Grant, on 16 October 1631, and the marriage of Hannah’s parents Thomas Grant and Jane Haburne at Cottingham on 21 September 1624.

Jodie was then shown a stained glass window which commemorated the migration of Rev. Roger’s families to Rowley, Massachusetts. She was then shown a silver chalice inscribed “1634”, which Rev. Rogers would have used during services, and Kidd speculated “maybe my ancestors could have drunk from it”, although it is not clear to me that the Grant family would actually have worshiped at Roger’s church in Rowley, since Thomas and Jane Grant had children baptized at Cottingham from 1625/6-1637, then left for America in 1638. More likely, as Puritans they have occasionally heard the controversial Rev. Rogers preach, then answered his call to nearby parishes to migrate to New England. However, they worshipped at St. Mary the Virgin Church in Cottingham, East Riding, Yorkshire.

St. Mary the Virgin Church, Cottingham, East Riding, Yorkshire. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

And while not discussed in the show, Jane Haburne was the daughter of Ralph Haburne and Maud Jecles, who married at Cottingham on 2 December 1593. Therefore, Maud (Jecles/Jeckles/Jekyll) Haburne is my father’s earliest identified matrilineal ancestor. And after taking DNA tests at FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe, my father discovered that Maud passed her mitochondrial DNA from haplogroup H (called Helena in Bryan Sykes’ Seven Daughters of Eve) on to all of her children, and her daughters and their daughters continued to pass down the same mtDNA throughout the generations.

My father directly inherited his mtDNA haplogroup H from his mother, who inherited it from her mother Sarah Anne “Sally” ANNIS (1908-1980) who m. Edgar Cameron McCLELLAN. She inherited it from her mother (my father’s great-grandmother) Edna Hamson STILES (1877-1957) who m. William Freeland ANNIS.

  • And so on down the line, through my father’s Great-Great-Grandmother: Sarah Ann SIBLEY (1840-1900) m. Charles Dean STILES
  • Third Great-Grandmother: Tamison HAMSON (1810-1873) m. John Shaw SIBLEY
  • Fourth Great-Grandmother: Tamison WAITE (1788-1856) m. William HAMSON
  • Fifth Great-Grandmother: Abigail TREFRY (1757-1831) m. Jacob WAITE
  • Sixth Great-Grandmother: Elizabeth HALES (1724 – aft. 1760) m. James TREFRY
  • Seventh Great-Grandmother: Elizabeth PRITCHETT (1702 – aft. 1746) m. Edward Hales
  • Eighth Great-Grandmother: Sarah HARRIS (1681-1729) m. Lt. John Pritchett
  • Ninth Great-Grandmother: Elizabeth HAZEN (1651-) m. Nathaniel Harris
  • Tenth Great-Grandmother: Hannah GRANT (1631-1716) m. Edward Hazen
  • Eleventh Great-Grandmother: Jane HABURNE (1602-1697/8) m. Thomas Grant
  • Twelfth Great-Grandmother: Maud JECLES (-1623) m. Ralph Haburne

Perhaps next time we visit my brother-in-law in Yorkshire I will visit the Cottingham church and the East Riding Archives to see if I can identify any additional generations back beyond Maud Jecles to extend the matrilineal line even further. But for now it’s pretty amazing to know that my dad’s mitochondrial DNA was directly inherited from remarkable women Elizabeth (Hazen) Harris, Hannah (Grant) Hazen, Jane (Haburne) Grant and Maud (Jecles) Haburne, all featured directly or indirectly on Who Do You Think You Are?

Watch Jodie Kidd learn about Edward Hazen and Hannah Grant beginning at minute 3:00, learn about Thomas & Jane Grant in New England at minute 6:55 and learn about Thomas & Jane Grant in England at 10:35:

Tuesday’s Tip: Top Ten Tips for Visiting the Family History Library


Last year I took a brief weekend trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and copied a wonderful selection of records – then couldn’t believe how quickly the time passed, and how many more records I still wanted to copy or locate! So this year I planned a week-long visit. After having a very successful trip, I thought I would share my top ten tips for making the most out of your research trip to the Family History Library!

1. Research, research, research. Research in order to research? YES! Novice, intermediate and advanced genealogists can greatly benefit from a visit to the FHL, but unless you are local to the area, I would recommend visiting FHL only after you have your family tree pretty well sketched out, and are looking to fill in gaps, try to solve brick walls, or get copies of things you just can’t easily obtain from other repositories. With that in mind, you probably already have a mental list of the families and/or individuals you want to find additional records for. I keep a running list of any basic vital records I am missing for my ancestors, which can easily be converted into a wish list of records to search for at the FHL. Then I looked over my family tree software to see if there were certain families I wanted additional non-vital records for, or if there were problem solving techniques I could apply to attempt to solve outstanding questions.

Then: become good friends with the website, in order to achieve tip number 2:

2. Compile a detailed list of the records and microfilms you want to scan or copy. Use the FamilySearch website for two important components: identifying specific individuals records on FamilySearch’s Search feature, and identifying specific microfilms from FamilySearch’s Catalog. Both steps are important. For example, using the search feature, I located an indexed baptism record for my great grandfather in the collection Germany, Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898 which provided the microfilm number, page number, and line number for his specific record that I wanted to copy. But then, using the catalog search, I learned that there were numerous microfilms for the church that he was baptized in which were not transcribed online and I knew I wanted to search for additional records – confirmation records, marriage records, and death records. So that provided me with two types of records to search for: in the first instance, I had a specific record with a specific page reference on a specific microfilm to search for. In the second instance, I had a specific microfilm to search in general for names I believed would be on the film, but with no guarantee that they would definitely be there, or knowledge of where in the film they would be located. Make a detailed list of the microfilms you want to search [see bonus tip #11 for organizational tips for this list!] and include any relevant notes that might be useful in finding the record – ie parents names, date of the event, etc.  And be sure to bring along a decent-sized USB memory stick (or a few!) in order to digitally scan then save a copy of the record you find (using the microfilm readers first!) using the excellent ScanPro microfilm scanners on every floor’s scan/print/copy stations.

3. Make good use of cloud and mobile technology before your visit. The first time I visited, I brought an old laptop that had a very outdated copy of my family tree software file which turned out to be missing some of the people I wanted to research, and placed a few articles on my Dropbox account for reference, only to remember upon arrival that the laptop had an older version of Word and couldn’t open the articles. Unhelpful on both accounts! Additionally, I forgot several genealogical website passwords. So this time around, I downloaded the Rootsmagic mobile app for my phone and made sure a current copy of my family tree was placed in the cloud for the app to access (Rootsmagic uses Dropbox for this step). Then I made good use of the password storage and encryption program While at the library, my husband found that using heavy reference international dictionaries was cumbersome while looking at Italian, Hungarian, and German records, so he downloaded the Google Translate app on the spot and happily translated away on his phone while reading records in foreign languages. Take a moment to consider if you have any other cloud or mobile apps that should be up-to-date before you make the trip.

4. Make use of digital collections only available onsite at FHL. Ahead of time, check for any digital databases relevant to your ancestors that are noted as only available to view onsite at the Family History Library. I even discovered some collections that were collaborations between FHL and other repositories were available to view, despite not being explicitly noted as available on the website. For instance,  Wales, Monmouthshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912 and several other Welsh databases are collaborations between FHL and FindMyPast. On my home computer, I could view a basic transcribed record on Family Search from this collection, but in order to see the primary document it said “The image is viewable at By clicking here you will be leaving” and required a FindMyPast subscription. But onsite at FHL, the record was available to view for free (through either FHL’s partnership or their institutional collaboration).

5. Pace yourself. Make sure to take breaks! There is a snack room on the main floor with vending machines, the only place in the library where food and drink are allowed. Make sure to hydrate! We found it easy to have a morning research session, then take a lunch break, followed by an afternoon research session. And since the library is open on most days until 9 PM occasionally we were ambitious enough to then have an evening research session following dinner. (But see Tip Number 9, too!) I also found it useful to occasionally switch between searching for “easy” records (such as already identified-with-certificate-numbered NY vital records or Irish civil registration records) versus more time-consuming unindexed or complicated records. Although plowing through a series of “easy” records felt very satisfying, it involved lots of jumping up and down to pull the microfilm, find its location on the reader, then run to the ScanPro to make a digital copy, then start over again. Sometimes it was nice to mix it up and sit for a solid chunk of time scrolling for relevant surnames in hard-to-read films, or slowly translating and closely investigating foreign language films (and save yourself some translating time and see if the FamilySearch wiki has already translated header columns of common international records such as Hungarian Catholic Church records, German Familienbücher, Italian civil registrations, etc.).

6. Make sure there is time to order Vault Records or missing films. If you have any films that are stored offsite at the Granite Mountain Vault, be sure to order them right away because they take at least a day to arrive (and when we were there, a mountain slide near the vault caused delays!). Or even better, order them in advance (which I didn’t realize I could do beforehand). Additionally, both times I visited, there was at least one film that was just “missing” – probably misfiled (patrons are responsible for re-filing their films and sometimes mistakes are made – but it’s hard to find a film if it has been misfiled!). First wait a few hours to see if a patron is simply using the film you want. But if some time goes by and it doesn’t return to its shelf, speak to the Access Services desk on the floor where your film is missing and they will verify that its missing, then order a copy to be printed from the Vault, which usually takes a day or two to be sent to the Family History Library. On my first trip, that was too long, so I didn’t get to view the film, but this most recent trip I discovered the missing film early enough for it to be ordered and shipped in time. If there’s not enough time, you can also request a free photocopy of the record you need from the FamilySearch Photoduplication Service (which has a several-month turnaround time).

7. Prepare for the unexpected and occasional need for “record triage”. Some discoveries will lead to new findings that you may wish to take advantage of while you are still visiting FHL. Did a deed index provide you with references to land records of your ancestors that you now need to look up the microfilms numbers for? Did a vital record provide you with unknown parents who you can now try to find additional documentation for? Plan on sparing a bit of time to deal with these new discoveries. But also be prepared to perform “record triage” if necessary – after all there are so many records, but so little time! One of the more frustrating situations we came across was when a record had been listed in a FamilySearch database with the microfilm number, but no volume/page/certificate number. Sometimes the record’s location on the microfilm was obvious if it was arranged chronologically, but in some cases there was little in the way of an organization scheme on the film and it could be frustrating to know the record existed SOMEWHERE on the film yet not be able to find it. If this happens to you and the record is very crucial to your research, by all means spend as much time as you need to find it. But if time is slipping away, know when to put on the brakes, move onto finding the next record on your list, and hope that FamilySearch digitizes that undiscovered record soon, since they have ambitious plans to digitize ALL of their microfilms within the next decade (which might just make these tips obsolete by then!).

8. Keep an eye out for the electric microfilm readers amidst a sea of hand-crank microfilm readers. This is a personal preference of mine, but I love the speed and efficiency of the electric microfilm readers. The majority of FHL readers are Northwest Microfilm Inc. 2020 model mechanical hand-crank readers which are lovely, but can make you feel like Popeye with one large arm muscle by the end of the week. So keep an eye out for the electric Gideon model readers, which sometimes are right on the main reader aisles (and usually very popular), but on some floors are tucked away at the back for the savvy researcher to find. On our first trip, we used handcrank readers the first day, then  found and switched to electric readers on the second day. My husband, who had never used microfilms before, said of the smoother electric readers: Where have these been all my life!?

9. Whether visiting for a weekend or a week, make time to play! Before too many visions of microfilmed images or book papercuts start whizzing by in your dreams, make sure to have some fun outside of the library, too! FHL is located right next to the beautiful Temple Square which has outstanding architecture, a reflecting pool, and year-round gardens – and it the home of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. FHL is in walking distance of the City Creek Center and Gateway Mall for shopping and lots of restaurant options. With a cab or rented car (or long hike), go see nearby Ensign Peak for stunning views of the city or some of the city’s excellent museums or civic centers with live performances. For our first visit we flew, but the second time around we drove a VERY long day, following the Oregon Trail from Washington to Utah (which was fantastically historic!), so we took a day trip out to the beautiful Antelope Island in the middle of the Great Salt Lake and saw the wild buffalo and antelope herds there.







10. Optional: Bring a research buddy! Having an extra set of hands can be a BIG help, genealogy enthusiast or no! My techie husband who had never researched before claimed by the end of the first trip that he found slowly searching for names in old handwriting on microfilms to be meditative – and I appreciated every second of his zen-like assistance. Or if your research buddy comes along to do THEIR research, it is still nice to have a person to sit next to at a film reader, table, or computer to compare the occasional notes, have a second set of eyes look at a questionable record or handwriting, and share in the fun of the experience.


11. Organize your microfilm list for maximum efficiency. Once you have come up with your complete microfilm list, I used this system to divide them up: First, in a Word file, itemize and divide the films by floor location (Main Floor = Canada Books, 2nd Floor = US/Canada films, 3rd floor = US Books, Basement 1= International, Basement 2 = British Isles). Then, organize your list in numerical order, since the films are physically ordered numerically. The microfilm shelves are arranged and numbered with seven digits, such as: 0,000,000. So a reference to film 101101 in the catalog will be labeled as 0,101,101 on the shelf. Make sure to note in your list if a film has numerous item numbers – a few times we were baffled when a record was not where it was supposed to be, only to realize it was several item numbers down in the film. You can further subdivide this list into groupings of five, since you are allowed to grab five films at a time and bring them to your microfilm reader. And I made sure to flag the “must-copies” versus the “if there’s time” records or films to help prioritize records if time ran short. And if you do bring a research buddy, make sure to print out two copies of the list and from time to time compare notes on your progress.




Did you find this advice helpful? What are your favorite tips for a FHL visit?

Amanuensis Monday: 1849 San Donato Val di Comino, Italy Births

While searching for family names in the San Donato Val di Comino records, I thought the San Donatese diaspora might appreciate having an accessible transcription of some of the historic civil registration indexes for the town.

121 births were recorded during the year 1849 (although 2 births were from the previous year of 1848). There were four illegitimate births which listed the name of the child’s mother and stated “padre incerto” – father uncertain. The most common surnames were Quintiliani/Quintiliano (8), Rufo (7), Tempesta (7), Bona (6), Cardarelli (6), Cellucci (6), Antonellis (4), Lanno (4), Mazzola (4), Roffo (4).

1849 Births, San Donato Val di Comino, Italy

Tavola alfabetica annual de Nati per l’anno mille ottocento quarantanove

Alphabetical table of annual births in the year one thousand eight hundred forty-nine

No. d’ord.

Page #

Nomi e Cognomi de Nati

Birth Name and Surname

Cognomi e nomi de genitori

Name and surname of parents

Giorno della nascita





Antonellis, Blandina

Carmine Antonellis & Carmela Quintilina

28 May


Antonellis, Maria Carmela

Loreto Antonellis & Anna Piselli

6 April


Antonellis, Maddelene

Giuseppe Antonellis & Caterina Baccari

13 October


Antonellis, Filomena

Giuseppe Antonellis & Maria Musilli

9 Xbre [December]


Baccari, Carolina

Loreto Baccari & Giuseppa Cedrone

31 December 1848


Bona, Gerado

Luigi Bona & Maria Loreta Antonellis

1 January 1849


Bona, Domenica

Vincenzo Bona & Teresa Roffo

1 June


Bona, Giovanni Abramo

Pietro Bona & Elisabetta Coletti

24 June


Bona, Maria Giuseppa

Niccola Bona & Eleonora Carderelli

16 August


Bona, Nicola Loreto

Donato Bona & Maria Angelica Ceccuzzi

10 9bre [November]


Bona, Antonia Agnesa Filomena

Carmine Bona & Ninfa Fanone

26 November


Cedrone, Maria Loreta

Chiara Cedrone & padre incerto [father uncertain]

19 January


Cellucci, Fortunata

Niccola Cellucci & Antonia Vergati

29 January


Cardarelli, Carolina Elisabetta

Luigi Cardarelli & Anna Carelli

20 February


Cedrone, Maria Carmela

Massimino Cedrone & Santa Quintiliani

22 February


Camilli, Luigia

Agostino Camilli & Anna Decina

5 March


Cedrone, Vincenzo

Domenico Cedrone & Antonia Rufo

9 March


Cellucci, Giovanna Felicia

Marcello Cellucci & Clementina Ventre

22 March


Cugini, Loreto

Giovanni Battista Cugini & Francesca Roffo

22 March


Cugini, Carmine

Luigi Cugini & Loreta Fabrizio

21 March


Cellucci, Antonia

Gerardo Cellucci & Donatangela Cellucci

31 March


Cardarelli, Maria Costanza

Antonio Cardarelli & Serafina Lenno

11 April


Cellucci, Maria Orazia

Giovanni Cellucci & Antonia Cedrone

23 April


Cecchi, Maria Giuseppa

Antonio Cecchi & Loreta Cence

25 April


Cecchi, Orazia

Cesidio Cecchi & Nachele Salvucci

6 July


Camilli, Francesco

Nunziato Camilli & Donato Rufo

9 July


Ceccone, Maddelena

Luigi Ceccone & Vittoria Lenno

12 July


Coletta, Cesidia

Rasquale Coletta & Clementina Cardarelli

13 July


Cellucci, Raffaela

Loreto Cellucci & Annamaria Cellucci

25 7bre [September]


Cucuzzo, Nicoletta Maria Luisa

Carlo Cucuzzo & Blandina Cardarelli

12 October


Cardarelli, Annamaria

Pasquale Cardarelli & Vineranda Mazzenza

17 October


Cardarelli, Maria Filomena

Luigi Cardarelli & Domenica Tempesta

17 October


Cucone, Giovanni

Antonio Cucone & Anna Cardarelli

17 October


Cellucci, Maddalena

Benedetto Cellucci & Francesca [Viso?]

14 October


Cuilli, Gaetano

Niccola Cuilli & Domenica Scarnecchia

12 Xbre [December]


Cucuzzo, Costanza

Cesidio Cucuzzo & Loreta Quintiliano

15 Xbre [December]


Cardarelli, Loreto

Gabriele Cardarelli & Carmina Cellucci

20 Xbre [December]


Cardarelli, Elisabetta Giuseppa

Donato Cardarelli & Carmina Quintiliano

22 Xbre [December]


Cugini, Giusta

Francesco Cugini & Fortunata Esposita

29 Xbre [December]


Fabrizio, Francesco

Costanzo Fabrizio & Nunziata Gatti

6 April


Fabrizio, Elisabetta

Nicandro Fabrizio & Cleminza Cantilli

16 June


Fabrizio, Niccola

Loreto Fabrizio & Maria Fabrizio

15 June


Fabrizio, Luigi

Desiderio Fabrizio & Maria Cucuzzo

22 June


Grancassa, Luigi Felissimo

D. Felice Grancassa & Maria Patrizia Cimini

26 Xbre [December] 1848


Gallo, Donata Gaetana

Pasquale Gallo & Caterina Tempesta

16 March


Gallo, Cesidio Antonio

Domenico Gallo & Loreta Perruzza

6 April


Gentile, Costanza Cesidia

Marco Gentile & Maria Pellegrini

28 March


Gatti, Cristino Cesidio

Domenico Gatti & Serafina Evangelista

7 June


Gallo, Maria

Domenica Gallo & padre incerto [father uncertain]

9 June


Gentile, Costanzo

Luigi Gentile & Maria Casale

6 June


Gentile, Nunziata

Domenico Gentile & Chiarra Cucuzzo

26 June


Gentile, Donata

Cesidio Gentile & Carmina Cucchi

24 Xbre [December]


Leone, Antonia

Loreto Leone & Lucia Cedrone

20 January


Lanno, Luigi

Francesco Lanno & Maria Tempeste

9 February


Lanno, Angelo

Gaetano Lanno & Carmina Roffo

19 April 1849


Lombardi, Giuseppe

Antonio Lombardi & Antonia Leone

24 April


Leone, Antonio

Francesco Leone & Domenica Tramentozzi

7 May


Lanno, Costanza

Loreto Lanno & Loreta Paglia

17 May


Leone, Loreto

Pasquale Leone & Domenica Salvucci

28 7bre [September]


Lanno, Giovanni

Carlo Lanno & Maria Pasquala Sambucci

26 Xbre [December]


Marino, Nunziato

Domenican Marino & Carmina Tempesta

7 February


Mazzola, Angelo

Loreto Mazzola & Clementina di Stazio

24 March


Massa, Achille

D. Luigi Massa & Nobilia Mazilli

20 May


Mazzola, Niccola

Antonio Mazzola & Carmela Mazzola

14 June


Massa, Giulia Maria

D. Costantino Massa & Giuseppa Marino

25 June


Mussilli, Rosa

D. Carlo Mussilli & Costantina Massa

29 June


Mazzola, Virgilio

Luigi Mazzola & Angela Maria Perruzza

2 October


Mazzola, Donato

Carlo Mazzola & Costanza Cedrone

28 Xbre [December]


Piselli, Maria Carmela

Cesidio Piselli & Nunziata Lanno

6 February


Perruzza, Domenico

Pietro Perruzza & Carmine Leone

1 March


Pellicella, Emilia

Crocifissa Pellicella & padre incerto [father uncertain]

16 March


Pesee, Giovanna Felicia

Pietro Pesee & Costanza Rufo

5 April


Piselli, Pasquale

Lorenzo Piselli & Costantina Sacchetti

8 April


Paglia, Luigi

Giovanni Paglia & Marta Cardarelli

27 May


Paglia, Carolina Maria Carmela

Cristino Paglia & Eleonora Cardarelli

22 July


Pellegrini, Costanza

Niccola Pellegrini & Elisa Leone

25 August


Paglia,Angelantonio Francesco

AntonioPaglia & Carmina Tocci

6? October


Pellegrini, Giovanni

Antonio Pellegrini & Domenica Tocci

5 October


Quintiliano, Angelo

Donato Quintiliano & Palma di Nubiss

19 January


Quintiliano, Domenico

Pietro Quintiliano & Carmina Fabrizio

13 May


Quintiliano, Carlo

Loreto Quintiliano & Nicoletta Gatti

14 May


Quintiliano, Maria Donata

Eleanora Quintiliano & padre incerto [father uncertain]

6 August


Quintiliani, Giuseppe Donato

Carmine Quintiliani & Sofia di Bona

7 August 1849


Quintiliano, Beniamino Costanzo

Angelo Quintiliano & Livia Cardarelli

21 7bre [September]


Quintiliani, Nicoletta

Loreto Quintiliani & Vita Sforza

18 October


Quintiliani, Donato

Raffaele Quintiliani & Santa Roffo

16 Xbre [December]


Roffo, Antonio

 Giuseppe Roffo & Costanza Tempesta

21 January


Rufo, Pasquale

Orazio Rufo & Donata Cedrone

6 February


Rubeis, Clementina

 Tommaso Rubeis & Maria Leone

13 March


Rufo, Loreto

Luigi Rufo & Carolina Cedrone

27 March


Roffo, Francesco

Costanzo Roffo & Maddalena Salera

13 April


Roffo, Gaetano

Carmine Roffo & Maria Coletti

13 April


Rubeis, Cesidia

Luigi Rubeis & Orazia Sambucci

29 May


Rufo, Carmina [twin]

Francesco Rufo & Dorodea Cellucci

28 July


Rufo, Giuseppe [twin]

Idem [Francesco Rufo & Dorodea Cellucci]

28 July


Rufo, Niccola Filomena Rocca

Donato Rufo & Vittoria Carfagna

16 August


Rufo, Carmine

Giuseppe Rufo & Maria Luigia Cellucci

9 7bre [September]


Ranaldi, Domenico Luca

Luigi Ranaldi & Maria di Marzia

18 October


Rufo, Giuseppe

Cesidio Rufo & Antonia Tempesta

29 9bre [November]


Roffo, Domenico

Modestino Roffo & Maria Giovanna Coletta

2 Xbre [December]


Rubeis, Rosa Concetta

Gaetano Rubeis & Giuseppina Talianozzi

6 Xbre [December]


Rufo, Pasquale

Dionisio Rufo & Loreta Cugini

20 Xbre [December]


Salvucci, Antonio

Nunziato Salvucci & Maria Luigia Cedrone

12 January


Sambucci, Vincenzo

Donato Sambucci & Alfonza Fabrizio

21 January


Salvucci, Luigia

Onorio Salvucci & Teresa Gentile

14 February


Salvucci, Donata

Angelantonio Salvucci & Maddalena Sambucci

22 February


Stasio, Giuseppe

Gaetano Stasio & Maria Tocci

2 October


Sacchetti, Modesta Maria Carmela

Carlo Sacchetti & Irene Coletti

14 October


Tempesta, Raffaela Cesidia

Carmine Tempesta & Andrantonia Gallo

11 January


Tempesta, Giuseppe

Paolo Tempesta & Antonia Baccaro

6 March


Tempesta, Filomena

Carmine Tempesta & Domenica Cugini

6 April 1849


Tempesta, Giovanni

D. Gaetano Tempesta & Rosa Macciocelis

29 May


Tramontozzi, Francesco

Giovanni Tramontozzi & Giovanna Cellucci

14 7bre [September]


Tocci, Domenica

Angelantonio Tocci & Lucia Rufo

23 7bre [September]


Tempesta, Lucia

Lodovico Tempesta & Maria Baccaro

28 7bre [September]


Tempesta, Donata

Domenico Tempesta & Loreta Cedrone

21 October


Trojani Luisa Pasquala Maria

D. Michelangelo Trojani & Eleonora Massa

21 October


Tramontozzi, Cesidio

Giambattista Tramontozzi & Maddalena Lanno

5 Xbre [December]


Tempesta, Costanzo Luigi

I.? Vincenzo Tempesta & Maria Amalia di Loreto

6 Xbre [December]


Ventura, Alfonso Pasquale

Luigi Ventura & Domenica di Bona

9 February


Ventura, Gerardo

Clementino Ventura & Angela Coletti

9 April

1849 San Donato Val di Comino Index of Births, A-C

1849 San Donato Val di Comino Index of Births, A-C, Courtesy of Family History Library [FHL 1173507]

1849 San Donato Val di Comino Index of Births, C-L

1849 San Donato Val di Comino Index of Births, C-L, Courtesy of Family History Library [FHL 1173507]

1849 San Donato Val di Comino Index of Births, L-Q and Q-T

1849 San Donato Val di Comino Index of Births, L-Q and Q-T, Courtesy of Family History Library [FHL 1173507]

1849 San Donato Val di Comino Index of Births, T-V

1849 San Donato Val di Comino Index of Births, T-V, Courtesy of Family History Library [FHL 1173507]

Did you locate an ancestor in this transcription – or have a correction to suggest? Leave a comment below to let me know! Then order the microfilm San Donato Val di Comino Nati [Births] 1841-1850, FHL 1173507 to view the full birth record using the page number provided by the index (or scan through the year if the indexed page number was obscured by the binding – the birth records are arranged chronologically and therefore easy to find). 

Treasure Chest Thursday: Framing the Past: Identifying Crapo Family Ambrotypes


I recently had an article published in American Ancestors (published by NEHGS) which explored my journey of identifying a mysterious set of ambrotypes which were found in my grandfather’s workshop.

Cover of American Ancestors, Volume 14, Number 2, Spring 2013

Cover of American Ancestors, Volume 14, Number 2, Spring 2013

These were the ambrotypes that were discovered tucked away in my grandfather’s desk, placed out of sight for years, which had never been seen by my grandmother:


Click on the image below to read the full article and discover how this mystery was solved!

Mary Blauss Edwards, "Framing the Past: Identifying Crapo Family Ambrotypes", American Ancestors, Volume 14, Number 2, Spring 2013, p. 42-44

Mary Blauss Edwards, “Framing the Past: Identifying Crapo Family Ambrotypes”, American Ancestors, Volume 14, Number 2, Spring 2013, p. 42-44.

As I stated in the article,  Henry Emerson Crapo and Isabella Frances Lannigan’s daughter Ada Marion (Crapo) Howland had three children. So if any cousins have labeled duplicates of these ambrotypes or other images of Henry and Isabella Crapo, please let me know!

Have you ever identified an unlabelled family ambrotype, daguerreotype or photograph through genealogical research?