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Marriage in Montreal and jumping ship in New York

I held a workshop at the Phoenicia Library to teach people to write about their ancestors, but those who attended seemed more interested in learning to research their families. Debbie and Richard claimed to know almost nothing about their ancestors. … Continue reading

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Avalanche and coronation in the Alps

“The avalanche happened near here,” says my second cousin, Giuliano, as we drive over the pass of Tre Croce. We are in the Italian Alps, where my grandfather’s brother, Mario Ciliotta, served in the Alpini Corps during World War I, … Continue reading

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Alpine avalanche in World War I

My grandfather, Attilio Ciliotta, was born in the Italian Alps, near the Austrian border. At the start of World War I, his older brothers applied to join the elite Alpini Corps. Only Mario, the oldest, was accepted. Attilio, at nine … Continue reading

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