Document: Civil Marriage Record of Giacomo DeGrandis and Santa Ambrosi

DeGrandis, Giacomo - Marriage Stato Civile

COMUNE DI CASTELFRANCO VENETO
Provincia di Treviso
CERTIFICATO DI MATRIMONIO
L’UFFICIALE DELLO STATO CIVILE
Visto il registro degli atti di matrimonio
CERTIFICA che

cognome: DE GRANDIS
nome: GIACOMO
nato in: CASTELFRANCO VENETO
in data: di anni 30
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cognome: AMBROSI
nome: SANTA
nata in: CASTELFRANCO VENETO
in data: di eta 23 anni
hanno tra loro contratto il matrimonio
in CASTELFRANCO VENETO – il 15.02.1876
come risulta dall’atto Nr. 14 – Parte 1 – Serie/-Anno 1876

Giacomo DeGrandis and Santa Ambrosi are my great great great grandparents. Their daughter Maddalena immigrated to Canada with her husband Arnaldo Morianti and their four sons.  This is an extract from their civil marriage registration,  obtained from the Stato Civile of the Comune of Castelfranco Veneto. It is fairly easily understood by an English speaker – Giacomo DeGrandis, aged 30, married Santa Ambrosi, aged 23 on February 15, 1876 in Castelfranco Veneto, Treviso, Italy. Both were born in Castelfranco. From their ages, you can presume Giacomo was born in 1846 and Santa in 1853, prior to when civil records began to be kept – which was around the time of Italy’s unification – 1861.

Giacomo and Santa are the earliest Italian ancestors I have found so far.

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Hi! Welcome to my blog. In this first post I’d like to write a little about the events that led to this blog.

I have always been interested in genealogy, probably because there was so much I never thought I’d know about my ancestors. My mother is of Latvian descent, and for a long time I believed that probably little to no records from this tiny, tumultuous country existed (this is entirely untrue, and I have made quite good progress in finding my Latvian ancestors! My Latvian genealogy blog can be found HERE).

My father, on the other hand, was adopted. We didn’t talk about it much, and he never sought out information about his biological parents. We speculated he could be of Italian or Portuguese descent from his complexion. Then one day, he was contacted by a biological sister who had been hunting down information for decades. We learned that my biological grandparents were of Ukrainian-French Canadian and Italian-French Canadian descent. My father and my newfound aunt stayed in contact through letters and phone calls for years; she lives a fair distance away. Then, more recently (and I’m still not quite sure how!) she discovered the identities (and surnames)of their biological parents. Finally! With surnames, I could begin digging into our genealogy!