This summer I wrote about my project delving deep into the Italian Church records for the village of Cossano Canavese, Turino, Piedmonte, Italy. You can read about the Status Animarum Records here.
Yesterday, Facebook kindly sent me the memory from 10 years ago after my first foray into these records. This was a massive moment because it opened the doors to an entire branch of my family. I was floored to be able to say I knew the names of all my 2nd great grandparents.
To commemorate how far my research has evolved, here is a 7 generation chart with my grandfather, Celio Gordon Capelli (aka Celio Pietro Guiseppe Ciardonei) as the beginning of the chart. My deep roots in Cossano Canavese has led me to documentation for 174 direct ancestors and 11 generations added to my tree.
My next project is to work out which Maria Brunero born circa 1734 is mine. There are 4 possible candidates born 1733-1735. The plan is to build out the trees for all four families using the parents names to identify which set of parents (Maria’s parents) are my 6th great grandparents.
January started with my being dragged into a genealogy black hole. Haha! Let’s be serious. It was more like I jumped in head first since I was so excited. The culprit was digitized civil records for the small town in Italy where my father’s paternal line originates. I have found over 25 birth, marriage, and death records to date. I still have more records to locate but they are taking some time since I need to scan page by page for differing date ranges.
This marriage record for Giacinto Maglione and Maria Anastasia Salarano is one of the documents I have found.
According to church records, Giacinto and Maria were married 8 June 1867. This document says that on 11 June 1867, three gentlemen presented themselves to the town hall to vouch that the wedding occurred. It further states that Giacinto Maglione, 46 was the son of the deceased Stefano Maglione and the living Maria Gianotto. All the above were born and live in Cossano. Maria Anastasia Salarano, 22, daughter of the peasant (living) Michele Salarano and the deceased Maria Bonello. All the above were born and live in Cossano.
I am very curious to know the story of Giacinto and Maria. I have found no indication that Giacinto was previously married. This is usually stated clearly in the church records. His line for previous marriage has a line through it. He is from a family who is more financially stable or has money since he is not referred to as a peasant. Also, since Maria is only able to leave a mark, while Giacinto leaves a signature, she has less education. Their children were born after the marriage occurred. I wonder what brought them together. Was it love, arranged marriage, financial deal? I will probably never know.
My favorite part of this document is the end. There is a signature from Giacinto and a mark made by Maria.