What Are The Chances?

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What Are The Chances?

Postby Natalie1 » 25 Jul 2007, 14:23

My ancestors, name is Virelli, came from Ferrandina, Italy. There is only one listed on the paginebianche website. In the nearby town of Stigliano, there are many with that name. What are the chances that they are related? What do you think? :?:
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Re: What Are The Chances?

Postby Biff83 » 25 Jul 2007, 15:22

Natalie1,

Why not send a letter to the Virellis in both towns to see if you can determine a relation? No guarantee you'll get an answer but it's worth a try.

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Re: What Are The Chances?

Postby Natalie1 » 25 Jul 2007, 15:35

Thanks, Biff for pointing out the obvious! I'll try it.
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Postby Gina501 » 25 Jul 2007, 16:08

Hi Natalie. Both Biff and I can speak from experience. We have both done this. We wrote to potential relatives and have even gotten a few responses and some answers to some questions. I highly recommend doing this. It can be time consuming, but also can be a lot of fun. Here's a link to a site that can help with writing letters to potential cousins if you don't know Italian. I use it all the time.

http://www.anzwers.org/free/italiangen/ ... #relatives
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Re: What Are The Chances?

Postby JamesBianco » 25 Jul 2007, 16:54

Gina501 wrote:Hi Natalie. Both Biff and I can speak from experience. We have both done this. We wrote to potential relatives and have even gotten a few responses and some answers to some questions. I highly recommend doing this. It can be time consuming, but also can be a lot of fun. Here's a link to a site that can help with writing letters to potential cousins if you don't know Italian. I use it all the time.

http://www.anzwers.org/free/italiangen/ ... #relatives


Wow Gina, great link!! I think I need to jot off a few of these letters, who knows, and as Biff said, it's worth a try.

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Re: What Are The Chances?

Postby Natalie1 » 25 Jul 2007, 16:56

Awesome, Gina! Thanks alot! At first thought I was apprehensive, but now I think it will be exciting! I won't find any answers if I just back & do nothing, right?! :roll:

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Postby Gina501 » 25 Jul 2007, 16:58

exactly...you need to write. Worst case scenario is no one answers. But I had a few and they even went so far as to go and search out records for me. It was great!
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Re: What Are The Chances?

Postby Natalie1 » 25 Jul 2007, 17:05

Wish me luck! I'll let you know if I receive a response. Thanks again to Gina & Biff for the encouragement. :D
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Re: What Are The Chances?

Postby Gina501 » 25 Jul 2007, 17:27

Good luck! Let us know what happens. And remember, it takes a while for your letter to get there. And then it takes a while for their letter to get back so don't get discouraged too soon. But do provide an email address so they have that option also. That's how my relatives correspond.
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Re: What Are The Chances?

Postby Biff83 » 25 Jul 2007, 17:33

Natalie,

Incrocerò le dita per Lei! In bocca al lupo!

Fingers crossed. Best of luck.

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Re: What Are The Chances?

Postby Sishac » 12 Sep 2007, 18:22

Hi there,

I actually have done this as well (using the white pages to contact potential cousins) and I have also had great success. I also sent a copy of the photo that I had and I was lucky enough to find first cousins!!! I've visited them twice in Sicily so far.

Good luck...just be patient and send as much info as possible (especially pictures!!)

Tom


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