Hello everybody... this is my first post! I am Catherine from Australia and I'm dearly hoping someone here might be able to help. My grandmother was born in Milan, but she died before my mum got to know her. Mum was only 9 years old.
My mother is now over 80 and is desperate to find out about her Italian heritage. So I am travelling to Italy this month to see what I can find out for her.
I don't have a lot of information, as a nine-year-old she wasn't left many records. This is what I have:
Rodolfo Sanna, Milan (born around 1858)
Not sure where he was born but he seemed to live in Milan most of his adult life.
Possibly living in Yorkshire England around 1886 as a foreign correspondent
Possibly married to Elizabeth Ann Andrew in 1887.
What I do know is that Rodolfo had a son called Rodolfo Salvatore Sanna, and I found a Baptism in Yorkshire, England in 1887 for a child named Rodolfo Salvatore Francesco Sanna. Father: Rodolfo Sanna, Mother: Elizabeth Ann Sanna (formerly Andrew)
Marriage: Yorkshire North Riding
Rodolfo marries Elizabeth. Index Folio 9d, page 645.
Occupation: Chorlton cum Hardy, Lancashire, England: Foreign Correspondent, per son, Rodolfo's Baptism record
Address: Milano, Lombardia, Italia.
No Further records found in England after the birth and baptism of their son, Rodolfo Salvatore Francesco Sanna. It is a guess that Elizabeth and Rodolfo move to Milan, Italy.
Now for his son, Rodolfo Salvatore Sanna
He married an Australian lady, Elsie Muriel Roberts in Queensland Australia in 1908.
He brought his new bride to Milan for the birth of his daughter:
Ada Elizabetta Clementina Sanna (born 29 Jan 1909 in Milan), and second daughter,
Carla Giovanna Sanna (born 1911 in Milan)
Ten years later in 1919
Elsie and her two daughters travel alone without Rodolfo Salvatore to Australia. Elsie is listed as a widow. It is possible that Rodolfo Salvatore was killed in the war, but I don't know how to find out for sure.
This is all I know.
Any help at all would be appreciated. I only have a very short time to spend in the archives in Milan but it would be wonderful to come back with some information for Mum, a photograph of the house would be great, but to meet a living relative would be fantastic.
Thanks so much, Catherine
PS The line is as follows
Rodolfo Salvatore Francesco Sanna
Ada Elisabetta Clementina Sanna
Patricia Anne Smith
Then me, Catherine.