25 October 2014

1891 Boston Birth Index: De Cristofaro, La Torella, Capobianco

1891 Boston, MA Birth Index, Page 192


Record: 8606
Name: Antonia Maria De Cristofaro
Birth Date: 20 April 1891
Place of Birth: 2 Eaton Court
Father:  Ciriaco De Cristofaro, shoemaker, born Italy
Mother: Concetta, born Italy


Family of Antonia Maria de Cristofaro


Record: 8607
Name: Giuseppe la Torella
Birth Date: 27 August 1891
Place of Birth: 3 Eaton Court
Father: Giuseppe la Torella, laborer, born Italy
Mother: Carminella, born Italy

I haven't been able to tie the elder Giuseppe in to our Torre gang yet.  Daughter Maria Michele "Amalia" la Torella married Almerindo Capone (born 1877 in Torre to Leonardo Capone and Nunzia Saveria Leone), so there appears to be some link.


Family of Giuseppe la Torella


Record: 8611
Name: Nicola Capobianco
Birth Date: 1 November 1891
Place of Birth: 65 Prince Street, rear
Father: Angelo Capobianco, marble polisher, born Italy
Mother: Carmela, born Italy

Record: 8612
Name: Carolina la Torella
Birth Date: 19 June 1891
Place of Birth: 65 Prince Street, rear
Father: Generoso la Torella, tailor, born Italy
Mother: Diletta, born Italy

So far no Torre ties for either of these last two records.




24 October 2014

Birth of Virgilio G. Andreottola, 1914

Revere, MA Birth Index: 1914

Source: "FamilySearch," index and images, Historical Record Collections (http://familysearch.org : accessed 19 Oct 2014); Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915: Revere, Massachusetts, p.298, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 2409801; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FXKS-BWQ; 

Name: Virgilio G. Andreottola
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 05 Jun 1914
Event Place: Revere, Massachusetts
Gender: M
Father's Name: Joseph Andreottola
Father's Occupation: Teamster
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Name: Annie Lombardi
Mother's Birthplace: Jersey City, N.J.
Reference ID: 298
GS Film number: 2409801
Digital Folder Number: 4401722
Image Number: 196; 
Note: In pencil recorded "corrected 5-24-78." 

23 October 2014

Nature vs. Nurture






I do a lot of reading, and every once in a while, I come across something that I feel is very profound and needs to be shared. We've all heard about the debate over the past many years about whether a person is shaped more by his genetics or his environment. I feel safe in saying that this is not an "either/or" situation, that we are influenced by both. There are endless discussions as to which is more dominant, but I have to assume that both are so integrated as to be inseparable. 

From the May 2013 issue of Discover Magazine (http://discovermagazine.com/2013/may/13-grandmas-experiences-leave-epigenetic-mark-on-your-genes#.UbOksPmkruH), there is a fascinating article about how our behavior can actually alter our genes, which characteristics can then be passed on. There is a description of the studies that have been done which includes some of the scientific results that leads to that conclusion. 

Everyone usually has a least one branch in their family tree that has a lot of "black sheep" or chronic mental health conditions, an example being alcoholism. This problem seems to be passed from one generation to the next, and we've witnessed those who fell victim to it in spite of angry feelings toward another member of the family who suffered from the same condition. 

Does this mean that the family is forever doomed to battling these problems? This is where the excitement comes in, because the answer is, "no!" A person can actually reverse these genetic changes by refusing to follow in that path of self destruction. Knowing that many mental health problems are actually types of "short circuits" in the brain, other parameters come into play. Those people who commit themselves to a more positive way of thinking and living can reverse many of those negative tendencies for their future posterity. This goes back to the philosophy of "breaking the cycle" that we've heard about, and it can be done.

This can lead to an interesting discussion on how important your attitude is and how it can influence your posterity. Traumatic events can contribute to this situation which would explain why descendants can, in some cases, experience the feelings involved by knowing about the events. This makes our connection to our ancestors more than just biology. The more we know about our forebears, the better we will understand ourselves.

I encourage you to read the article for yourself, and I know you will be amazed by their conclusions.


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Birth of Francisco Andreottola, 1911

Revere Birth Index: 1911

Source:  "FamilySearch," index and images, Historical Record Collections (http://familysearch.org : accessed 19 Oct 2014); Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/23BZ-JT6; 

Name: Francisco A A Andreottola
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 28 Aug 1911
Event Place: Revere, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Gender:  M
Father's Name: Giuseppe
Father's Occupaton: Laborer
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Name: Ernestina Lombardi
Mother's Birthplace: Italy
Certificate Number: 526
Page: 755
Digital Folder Number: 005421508
Image Number: 00757 

22 October 2014

Birth of Concetta Rosa Andreottola, 1909

Boston Birth Index: 1909

Source:   "FamilySearch," index and images, Historical Record Collections (http://familysearch.org : accessed 19 Oct 2014); Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915: Boston, Massachusetts, p 278, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 2315294; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FX7V-VWT; 

Name: Concetta Rosa Andreottola
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 22 Oct 1909
Event Place: 17 Snow Hill St., Boston, Massachusetts
Gender: F
Father's Name: Giuseppe Andreottola
Father's Occupation: In shoe factory
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Name: Ernestina Lombardi
Mother's Birthplace: Am
Reference ID: p 278
GS Film number: 2315294
Digital Folder Number: 4000679
Image Number: 542