Monthly Archives: October 2011

Introduction to the village of Terres

Terres is a small village of about 325 residents in Val di Non. The most common surname in the village is Dalpiaz. As customary in other villages in the valley, many of the family branches were given sopramoni (or “second … Continue reading

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Searching for ancestors in books

There are many tourism books about Trentino. Although good for general information, they are not really useful for learning about family history.  Here is where specialized books that can be invaluable.   For example, one of my ancestral lines bears the surname Chini, from the … Continue reading

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Polenta – a staple of Val di Non

As with much of rural Trentino, living conditions in Val di Non were very rustic. The houses were modest structures constructed of masonry, stone, and wood, and often had three generations living together. Mostly of two levels, outside stairs were … Continue reading

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Emigrants from Ronzone to the United States

Below is a listing of some of the villagers from Ronzone who came to the US and their year of arrival. More information (age, family, description, etc.) and listings of additional emigrants can be found on the actual passenger manifests on the … Continue reading

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Colorado coal mine dangers

Last month I briefly touched on the movement of emigrants from Trentino to the Colorado mines.  A large number of the emigrants found work in the coal mines of southeastern Colorado (e.g. Las Animas and Huerfano Counties). The mines and … Continue reading

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Rallo – the village and its emigrants

Two brothers from Rallo, don Gioseffo and Carlo Pinamonti were responsible for bringing desperately needed water from Lago di Tovel to Rallo and nearby villages in 1852 by designing and constructing irrigation aqueducts. Their efforts are remembered by a plaque placed … Continue reading

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Emigrants from Flavon to the United States and South America

During the late 1800s and the early 1900s, many villagers decided to explore opportunities available in the US and elsewhere. They were tired of the economic and social problems encountered in Trentino. Most emigrated as a result of recruitment by … Continue reading

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Tassullo – a small village in Val di Non

Tassullo is composed of five villages (or “frazioni“), including Rallo, Pavillo, Campo Tassullo, and Sanzenone.  One theory states that the name is derived from the ancient peoples of the area known as “tulliassi” — a term found in the Tavola … Continue reading

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Our Ancestors at the Colorado Mines

During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, emigrants from Trentino found work in the coal mines surrounding the Las Animas County town of Trinidad (Hastings, Ludlow, Primero, Starkville, Segundo), located 15 miles from the Colorado – New Mexico border. These … Continue reading

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