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.