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Daily pedigree charts – Arturo di Gregorio (b.1900)

You can see Arturo has roots mostly in Nocciano, but the actual di Gregorio line comes from Civitaquana. His grandmother Annantonia d’Ostilio comes from Pietranico – not a town I come across frequently but it’s not too far from Nocciano. I actually visited Pietranico and Corvara on my trip to Italy. There’s a reason it’s called Pietranico: the Italian word for “rock” is pietra, there’s a giant rock in the town center – almost a small mountain. Wikipedia says:

“The town of Pietranico takes its title from a notable rock around which the castle, known as Pietraniqua, was built. Later on, the castle is referred to as Petrainiqua or Petram Iniquam. Apart from the ancient castle, most of the town was built from the 15th century onwards.”

-Anthony

Daily pedigree charts – Giovanni Pietrangeli (b. 1900)

This one doesn’t have particularly close ties to the main Nocciano families, but Giovanni’s mother is a Speziale, just like mine! Giovanni’s great-grandparents Gennaro Speziale and Maria Donata Notarpasquale, originally from Pianella, are my 3rd-great grandparents. There’s also the d’Amato connection – the parents of Carmine d’Amato here are Rocco d’Amato and Michelina della Rosa, whose mother is a Valente, another line in my tree.

– Anthony