PAOLONE FAMILY

For connecting family members and sharing history of the Paolone family of the Molise region of Italy.

  • Batavian Remembers October 12, 1935

    In 1975, The Batavia Daily News (Batavia, New York) ran a piece retelling the story the day my father was born. A big fire in town made his arrival just a little harder. Happy Birthday, Dad!

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  • Little Italy, Montreal

    Little Italy (Petite Italie) is a small neighborhood in settled by the Montréal Italian community in the 19th century. I have been here on business for the last year and a half and finally made it there. I just recently learned that a significant number of the Italian immigrants to Montréal came from the Campobasso area. More specifically, the Comune di Casacalenda.

    The main area of shops and restaurants are on Boulevard Saint-Laurent. It includes a fair number of cafes, restaurants and shops. I was surprised that I did not stumble upon a good Italian bakery though. I did sample some gelato and enjoyed a combo of chocolate and hazelnut! Within a couple of blocks there were two serious shops selling all the best manufacturers of espresso and coffee machines! You can see that other international influences have had an impact on the area, but it must have been something in it's heyday. The Jean-Talon market is a large open market with fresh produce and a variety of meat shops and health food stores as well.

    A quick check of the Montreal phone book shows there is one PAOLONE listed..... Another puzzle piece to figure out. I must admit it was odd ordering my cannoli in an Italian bakery "en français." Guilt induced by my dinner of pizza (and the cannoli to go) motivated me to ride back to the hotel rather than take the subway. They have a nice bike share system here... Buonasera.

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  • Santo Stefano !

    I have not been keeping up with posts in recent weeks, but I will make up for it now. I was preparing for a visit to Italia and to Santo Stefano. I recently returned from the trip, and learned so much. I am still working through my notes and photos. The people were very helpful and understanding of my limited italiano- especially the Molisani!

    I had the opportunity to complete some more research and see some original records of the family. The biggest news was the names of my 7th great-grandparents- Mattia Paolone and Antonia di Paolo. It does seem that their son Pascale (also known as Pasquale) was the beginning of the family's presence in Santo Stefano.

    The photo below is a plaque to honor those who were lost in the World Wars on the front of the Chiesa di S. Maria di Loreto. Several Paolone's and di Cristofaro's are among those honored.

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  • Paolone Family Tree - Santo Stefano Connections

    I have published the family tree with our Santo Stefano connections. It includes two generations back from Carlo- with both is paternal and maternal grandparents, I am continuing my review of the birth records from Santo Stefano (1810-1865), and have a number of unmatched relatives to piece together.

    http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/39123997/family

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