Early in 1996, at a family gathering, I became aware that I frequently could not explain to my daughter her relationship to many of those present (and those who were not but of whom we were gossiping!) The lines between family and friend, cousin and paesano had become fuzzy. Even though I had grown up surrounded by these people, I was unsure of many relationships. Hence my quest for family information. To date I have added over 1000 members to my database and would appreciate any help anyone could give me in filling in the outline.
Surnames for which I need additional information include: Falasca, Carano, Silvestri, DiIorio, DeFalco, Riccilli, Tisone, Bishotti, (do you see a pattern of Italian surnames developing here?), Izzi, Mastroianni, Labate , Gizzi and of course, Casciato.
The folks from Italy hail from the following cities/towns/villages/provinces: Caroville Campobasso (Carano, DiIorio, Silvestri) ; Pescocostanzo, Provincia L’Aguila, Abruzzi (Casciato); San Pietro, Avellana (Mastroianni); Catanzaro, Provincia Reggio, Calabria (Zito)
A note on the spelling of “Mastroianni.” I have several sources listing various spellings. For the most part, I have used the most common spelling, that is, “Mastroianni.” Be assured that I have a reference fore each “Mastroianni” listed, regardless of the spelling.
I owe a debt of gratitude to our recently discovered cousin Amilio Casciato who provided the information that linked our two families through eight generations.
I hope some of this information may be of help in your research!
John Vincent Casciato