About this site

This site has grown from my experience in trying to discover my grandfather’s roots. Adamo Leone, was born in Baselice, Benevento, Campania, Italy and came to America after having been an Italian prisoner of war in World War I.

I never knew anything about his family except that he had a sister Eve (actually Eva) and a brother Noah (actually Noé). He never returned to Italy after settling in the Bronx, New York City.

After visiting his town in 2005, I began using microfilmed vital records (birth, marriage and death) of Baselice between 1809 and 1860 to document the entire town. Doing so allowed me to piece together my grandfather’s ancestors going back many generations to his great-great-great-great grandparents. Here is a chart centering on my grandfather and showing all of the direct-line ancestors I have found for him: LeoneAdamoFanChart.

If you subscribe to Ancestry.com, you can see my Baselice tree at http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/61798328.

If you do not subscribe to Ancestry.com, you should be able to access the same database at http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?includedb=baselice.

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13 thoughts on “About this site”

  1. Joe martucci said:

    Hi we are are a family in the UK with relatives in Baselice, our family surnames are Martucci and Lembo, amazing site, thankyou

    • Joe – some of my cousins from the next town, Colle Sannita, lived and worked in England for a time. I was very surprised to meet one of them and discover after a while that he not only spoke English, he spoke it with a British accent!

  2. Wow this is a great site!
    My dad is from Baselice and we go every year!
    We live in England.
    My mum’s parents are from Colle and Decorata!
    This is wicked!!

  3. Michelina Colucci said:

    My family is from Porcara. My grandmothers are Decorata and Colle. My grandfathers are from Baselice, but live in Porcara.
    We go every August and some Christmases.
    I love going to Baselice.
    We live near London.

  4. John Duncan said:

    My name is John Duncan. I was adopted is the US but from d my biological family here and my grandfather was Giuseppi(Joseph) Falconeiri born in Baselice 30 May 1879. Would love to know if there are any Falconeiri descendants currently livening there.

  5. I am interested in the family name of Baselice….my relatives are from Sarno…specifically Matteo Baselice..my paternal great grandfather…any information or search of the families with the Baselice name?

    • Hi, Rose. The Baselice name is mostly from Naples, and a bit from Salerno. Take a look at this last-name search for Baselice: http://www.gens.info/italia/it/turismo-viaggi-e-tradizioni-italia?cognome=Baselice&x=42&y=17#.XIOtIbh7m70

      • Thank you for that……it appears the birthday we had always known for my great grandfather who was born at home in Sarno was different in Month ,date and year from his actual birth certificate which I was able to get…from your research is there a specific reason why a immigrant would have given a completely changed birthdate in month date and year when they came to the USA.? The woman who helped me get his actual birth certificate said there must have been a reason…it did not appear to be a mistake like off by a couple days. jJust curious…was it advantageous to be older or younger when you would arrive in the USA back then in the early 1900’s.

        • I don’t know for sure if there was a reason for changing one’s birth date, but I have seen 1 or 2 places where my grandfather’s day and year were wrong. Sometimes it’s more about not being sure than anything else. Long ago, you weren’t asked your birth date everywhere you went, so it wasn’t that important to know.

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