My great grandfather, Alessandro Lucchesi was born in Lucca around 1830/1. His father, Paolo, was a brushmaker and Alessandro was an image maker. This is all the information I have about him. As I don't know if Lucca was the comune, province etc is it likely that I will ever be able to find any further information about him and his family? He married Maria Theresa Roli, born in Genova [1836/42?!], the daughter of Domenico Roli, a singer, in Cardiff, Wales in 1860.
One of my ancestors was also an Image Maker, he was Pietro Paulucci, and I have a Marriage Bond dated 1783 where he was in York, England and paid Â£200 for the Bond. I have drawn blanks with any research further back than that, apart from I think his father's name was Benjamin. I would like to know where he came from and why and how he got to England.
Civil State archives begin from the year 1866, previously significant life events (baptism, marriage and death) were recorded in the records of parishes and search can be made through the Archbishop's Curia according to the website
Believe it or not, I just saw your post from Jan 2012 and am interested in any information you may have. My grandfather, Alessandro Luchessi (sometimes spelled Lucchesi) was born in Tassignano, Lucca and emigrated to the USA in 1900, where he married Elide (also called Ida) Maggesi. They lived in Stockton, CA. He worked for the Western Pacific RR for the most part.
I believe Alessandro may have a brother, Antonio, who also lived in Stockton, but I haven't been able to confirm this connection. There may have also been another relation, Pietro Lucchesi, who lived with Alessandro around 1904 -07 as far as I can determine.
Alessandro also used the name "Andrew" -- it appears on several censuses and in some City directories, as well as on his citizenship applications and final citizenship documents. However, his death certificate and gravestone use the name Alessandro Lucchesi.
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