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December 22, 2004

Congratulations to the freshly minted dr. Andres Sepulveda Allende, PhD

AndresPlease join me in congratulating Andres for FINALLY completing his PhD thesis in Oceanography (more pix here)! More about that on his page here. He now will have the opportunity to devote part of his precious time to more genealogical research.

If you don't know it yet, I started the http://sepulveda.org project with Andres many years ago, and this site and its information (almost 16,000 individuals in our family tree) wouldn't exist without him!

Congrats primo!

Update: this is a pix of the two of us in Santiago de Chile, around Christmas 2000, when we met finally met in person after years of collaboration over the Internet. Here we were in a downtown library searching for genealogy books. What else?

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December 22, 2004 at 03:50 PM in Chile | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Concours Etienne Vatelot - concours international de la ville de Paris

EtiennevatelotThis is somewhat ironic. Etienne Vatelot is probably the most famous violin maker in the world still alive. He co-founded the Violin school in Mirecourt (Vosges (88), France) and is a friend to most of the world's best string musicians. He is also the 1st degree cousin and god-son of my wife's grandmother, Cécile Vatelot.

The city of Paris organised last week the 3rd international competition for violin and bow makers (note: the pictures don't display on the web site). The showroom for the competition was IN MY BUILDING (I live on top of the historic library of Paris - it is NOT a coincidence ;).

And I missed the exhibition... Just forgot about it. I had already to give away my tickets to his 70th birthday party/concert years ago because of other obligations, and Rostropovitch, Yo-yo Ma, etc. were playing for him (it was at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées about 5 years ago).

Le Monde newspaper had a story on him last week. Also, here's a link to a trade association for violin makers. And finally a link to the official site of the city of Mirecourt. My pictures of my visit there are somewhere... but I did reconstruct a big part of the VATELOT family tree in the cemetary...

December 22, 2004 at 01:41 AM in France | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Confirming birth dates of 2 ancestors in 1801

Following our recent discussions, Mirco has been doing some great work at the Savona Archives. He has confirmed the birth dates for 2 of his common ancestors with my wife, and discovered 2 more children for that couple: Lorenzo LAVAGNA (1801- /1872) x Maria Maddalena OTTONE (1801-1861).
Well done Mirco!

I can't resist cut & pasting his email.

Caro Rodrigo,
finalmente credo di aver trovato qualcosa di utile anche per te...:)

Sono tornato all'Archivio di Stato di Savona ( il tempo è sempre tiranno! ), ma credo che questa veloce visita abbia dato buoni frutti.

Ho per ora analizzato a fondo il faldone Serie III Cart.229, dove sono conservati gli Stati di Famiglia relativi agli anni 1848-1862: decine e decine di fogli singoli che ho dovuto visionare uno ad uno. Numerosi sono i documenti relativi ai Lavagna che vivevano a Savona in quegli anni (ho rinvenuto ben  28 documenti, quasi tutti relativi a diversi nuclei familiari ), tre dei quali si riferiscono alla famiglia di LORENZO LAVAGNA. Da questi, che ti invio in allegato, credo di poter estrapolare alcuni dati perticolarmente interessanti.

Doc. n°1 - Stato di famiglia redatto in data 26 Agosto 1860 in Lavagnola
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A - In questo primo documento la data di nascita di LORENZO viene riportata come risalente all'11 Aprile 1801;
B - Alla moglie MADDALENA viene assegnata la data di nascita del 9 Ottobre 1801;
C - Al figlio NICOLO', sposato con G.Giachino, la data del 6 Dicembre 1824;
D - La figlia MARIA MADDALENA, nata il 21 Agosto 1831, viene indicata come sposa di un TESSITORE;
E - La figlia GIOVANNA, nata il 5 Gennaio 1834, viene indicata come sposa di un FRUMENTO;
F - NEW ENTRY: un figlio di cui non sapevamo l'esistenza!!!
        PIETRO LAVAGNA, nato il 4 Ottobre 1838, arruolato nel Regio Esercito;
G - Gaetano viene indicato come nato il 26 gennaio 1842;

Quanto sopra viene confermato in un documento successivo, in data 26 Dicembre 1861, dove a  NICOLO' vengono anche attribuiti due figli.
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Nel terzo documento, senza data ma certamente redatto dopo il 1861, ritroviamo la famiglia di Lorenzo ad eccezione della moglie  Maddalena, data per deceduta il 10 Aprile 1861.
Anche qui viene citato PIETRO LAVAGNA, n.il 4 ottobre 1838 e la data di nascita di GAETANO è indicata come 26 gennaio 1842.

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Sarà possibile, a tuo parere, mettere in relazione anche gli altri Lavagna che ho trovato?
Aspetto con ansia un tuo commento su questa mia prima esercitazione sul campo...:)

December 22, 2004 at 01:21 AM in Italia | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

New version of one of the best genealogy softwares is released: Geneweb 4.10

From my professional blog:

GwlogoThis is news: Daniel de Rauglaudre, fantastic French researcher and programmer has just released (2 days ago) the latest version of his genealogy software, Geneweb 4.10. You can download it here.
Daniel is a fundamental computer science researcher, and really not a genealogist: he was trying to adapt one of his algorithms to a practical use a couple of years ago, and came up with a genealogy implementation; he started filling up his database with his family members, and soon enough, about one hundred "wizards" joined him in entering more data. The database is getting close to a million individuals now (I'm in there as well), but is still run as an experiment...

Then a couple of years ago, he made his software public, and many people started using it, including myself, to track information and publish their own trees online. Commercial companies have been created as well, that use the software as the foundation of their service. For example, you can publish your family tree for free on Geneanet. That's where I store my family tree at sepulveda.org, although I also keep a copy on my local computer.

Geneweb has some great advantages:
- it's web based, so very easy to use, and to update
- it has a fantastic navigation and display system that allows you to find very quickly genealogical links between individuals
- finally, its interface has been translated to many languages, making it very simple to work with family members from around the world.

In a nutshell:
* you can create your family tree locally on your computer with the Geneweb software
* you can upload that information onto a hosted service (or work directly online) on geneaweb.org.

Release notes for Geneweb 4.10 are here.

December 22, 2004 at 12:53 AM in _Software | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Pictures of Agostino LAVAGNA (1863- )

Mirco TARDITI sent in 2 pictures from his great-grandfather: they look great!

Dear reader & family member, if you do have pictures you want to publish, please send them in.

Agostino Ondcieli

December 22, 2004 at 12:48 AM in Italia | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Sad news: our distant cousin Aldo Reggiori (1930-2004) passes away

Mirco sent me this news a while ago, but I hadn't had time to post it. Aldo Reggiori, one of my wife's grandfather's good friends and cousin died recently while swimming in the sea.

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I have a picture of him in his youth in my archives. I'll update it shortly.

update: this is a picture of Aldo with his wife Doris in 1961 when they were newly wed.

Rest In Peace.

(ps: my data says he was borrn in 1930, although that would make him 74 years old, and not 70 as in the article. I need to check the birth certificate).

From Mirco:

Infatti pochi giorni fa il cugino Aldo (Aldo Reggiori, di Mario Reggiori e Rosa Lavagna, una delle figlie di Agostino) anche lui come me uomo di mare e ottimo subacqueo, ha perso la vita per un malore mentre stava facendo uno degli ultimi bagni della stagione con sua moglie Doris. Ecco la notizia apparsa su un quotidiano locale:

Aldo

December 22, 2004 at 12:32 AM in Italia | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Our cousin Mirco tells us about an anecdote with the LAVAGNA family in World War I

Mirco and I have started an epistolar relationship, and he is exchanging anecdotes with me. It's great that I can now also share them with you all. I'm cut&pasting his email. (If you're Italian is rough, try this Google automatic translation.)

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Questa volta ti invio una foto "storica" riguardante la nostra  famiglia, una foto cui è collegata una storia curiosa ed un po' complessa. Cercherò di riassumerla in poche righe.


Il 4 maggio 1917, durante la I Guerra Mondiale, una nave trasporto truppe chiamata "Transylvania" con circa 3000 soldati inglesi a bordo fu attaccata ed affondata da un sottomarino tedesco a 2 miglia al largo di Capo Vado, nei pressi di Savona.

Moltissimi soldati e marinai perirono nel naufragio, una vera strage anche a causa delle cattive condizioni del mare, ma circa 270 di essi furono tratti in salvo e trasportati a Savona.

Numerose furono le famiglie che si offrirono di aiutare i naufraghi: fra esse anche la famiglia Lavagna.

Nell' immagine in allegato, tutta la famiglia è in posa per una foto ricordo con i 4 soldati ospiti, davanti alla cascina di Montenotte.

Fin qui nulla di eccezionale, anche se la foto è stata pubblicata su di un libro apparso nel 1977, in occasione del 60° anniversario dell'affondamento del "Transylvania": essa è però collegata ad una storia raccontatami da mio padre a me molto cara, anche se accaduta molti anni orsono.

Durante una delle sue numerose visite a Savona, Joseph, il padre di Lionel, era gradito ospite presso la mia famiglia e chiese a mio padre di accompagnarlo in auto a cercare quella che secondo lui era la casa dei suoi antenati.

Partirono per Montenotte, una località del primo entroterra, e giunti al limitare di un bosco proseguirono a piedi per un breve tratto: quando Joseph, lo "zio Pippo", trovò quei pochi muri che restavano in piedi non poté trattenersi dall'inginocchiarsi e piangere come un bimbo.Della casa non restava molto, infatti, ma lui disse di essersi commosso nel ritrovare un luogo della sua infanzia.

Sono andato anch'io alla ricerca di quella casetta, molti anni orsono, e non ho trovato che poche pietre sulla riva di un piccolo corso d'acqua...:(

I also went there 2 years ago. Indeed the house where Giuseppe Lavagna was born (via Santuario 47, Savona, Liguria, Italia) doesn't exist anymore (I found the address in his birth certificate). The place has been replaced by a rather ugly factory. Sad. Pictures below:

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Nevertheless, Giuseppe built a building with his sons in Beausoleil, France, about 100m above Monaco. It still has the name of "Immeuble Joseph Lavagna". The address is: 26 Montée du Caroubier, Beausoleil, Alpes-Maritimes (06), France

The view from the top floor is nice!

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December 22, 2004 at 12:13 AM in France, Italia | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 21, 2004

Researching your ancestors in Savona, Liguria, Italy

Adsc00001_2 I recently got in touch through the Internet with Mirco TARDITI, a distant cousin of my wife. He leaves in Savona, Liguria, Italy (where the LAVAGNA name originates from: actually from Lavagnola, a village near Savona) and discovered this site on the web. He has now gained a lot of interest in our family history and is digging up more history from the 'Archivi di Stato' in Savona, a place I visited 2 years ago for a whole week. Here are some pix of what it looks like when you try to go there:

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The archives are on the 3rd floor, and there was no mark on the door of the building when you walk by on the street. Tough to find.

In Italy, civil documents such as birth certificates (Atti ni Nascita), wedding certificates (Atti di Matrimonio) and death certificates (Atti di Morte) are available in city halls (comune or municipio) from the Civil Registry offices (Uficio di Anagrafe or Uficio Anagrafico) for documents since 1866.
You can get a copy of these documents for free (0,05 euros /copy in Savona), and usually you get them right away. If you are looking for more than one document, it might take an extra day, or even up to one month such as in Firenze (you need to provide a stamped enveloppe for the reply letter).

For documents with dates before 1866, you need to talk to the Church authorities, either at the local parish Church (chiesa) in small cities (such as in places like Quiliano and Dronero), or at the bishop's offices (curia vescovile): beware as they are often closed in the summer. It is better to submit your request with precise dates.

Some cities have municipal archives (archivio di stato), such as in Savona:
Archivio di Stato, via Quarda Inferiore, Savona
tel/fax +39 (0)19 8335227
assv@archivi.beniculturali.it

There for example, you will find all documents between 1838 and 1865. For dates before that you need to talk to the bishop authority.
You might however find some documents with earlier dates such as the population census (censimento de la popolazione), military enrollment (liste di leve), etc.

In any case you need to make sure you identify the name of the parish (parrochia) in the documents, as archives use that as en entry for your request. You will also be able to find ancestors more easily if you browser through all the documentation from a given parish, including population census.

Update: I haven't had time to browse through the data I copied from the archives yet, but I have uploaded them here if you want to browse through.

ps: it reminds me I should also upload all the data from the small mairie of St-Martin, near Lunéville, Lorraine, France, where I found lots of data about the DECRION family.

December 21, 2004 at 11:48 PM in Italia | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack