Info on Melilli Sicily & Family

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Info on Melilli Sicily & Family

Postby doreenshirley » 16 Aug 2007, 00:03

My maiden name is Doreen DiMauro. I am newly registered with Italian Geneology and hoping to find this forum a miracle source of info.
I am a third generation Sicilian/American **All 4 of my grandparents immigrated to American from Melilli, Sicily between 1900 and 1920** I have most/all Ellis Island records including copies of ship's manifest. I am researching for the purpose of creating a written record to hand down to my grandchildren (so far 2 "vigghiu beddu")

I am specifically looking for;

1. info/records such as birth certificates for 3 of my grandparents (I
have one) also other family members

a. names include:

Sebastiana (Nedda/Nella) Linares - my maternal grandmother
Paulo Linares - her father
Maria Sudano - her paternal grandmother
? Corvo - her paternal grandfather
Rosa Scamparino - her mother
Vincenzo Scamparino - her uncle
Pietro Scamparino - her uncle
? Marino - her maternal grandmother

Michael Salonia - maternal grandfather

2. details re: everday life in Melilli @ turn of the century

3. assistance with sicilian language issues

a. understanding/translating sicilian words that i remember

b. english words translated to sicilian

*** i am currently needing the sicilian word for grandmother
we called my grandmother "Noonie"
i believe Nonna is more correct and more common
please advise

*** i am also needing the sicilian word for toilet or bathroom
or "out house"
my grandmother called it the "bakowsa" = back house
i think
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

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Re: Info on Melilli Sicily & Family

Postby BillieDeKid » 16 Aug 2007, 05:14

I can give you some help with the words.

Grandmother is nonna and toilet is toletta and bathroom is stanza da bagno.

My guess is that your grandmother saying bakowza was broken english for back house, which was actually an out house (or house out back - back house).

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Re: Info on Melilli Sicily & Family

Postby doreenshirley » 18 Aug 2007, 04:02

Thank you, BillieDeKid, for the help with the words. You have confirmed my understanding. "Back House" must be the origin of her broken english term "bakowsa". So funny.

Also, regarding the Sicilian word for toilet ... i wonder if peasant villages between 1900 and 1920 actually had the luxury of toilets or even running water; perhaps there was no word for toilet at that time.

Any historical information or details on daily life in Melilli or any other peasant village during that time period would be most appreciated.

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Re: Info on Melilli Sicily & Family

Postby BillieDeKid » 18 Aug 2007, 04:50

Hi Doreen,

I found a couple of sites from the Italian Culture Forum.

The first is all in Italian, but the second also offers the contents in other languages.

I hope they may be useful:

sicilia.info/curiosita

STORIA ECULTURA

You can go to www.altavista.com and then select babel fish - it's a translator. Just select Italian to English, copy any text that is in italian and then paste it in to the translator. It does a pretty good job. You'll definately get the gist of what is written.

Let me know how it goes.

Regards,

Elizabeth

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Re: Info on Melilli Sicily & Family

Postby gsantostefano » 02 Jul 2012, 02:25

doreen, those surnames are all from Middletown Ct. is that your home port?
Guy


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