(March 2003 -- Berkeley, CA)
From where did your family emigrate and when? Who emigrated
(self, parents, grandparents) and what were their names?
Parents. Father: 1906 from Arquata Scrivia, Provincia d'Alessandria,
Piemonte. Mother: 1920 from Provincia di Massa Carrara, Toscana.
What led them to their destination (relatives already there,
hopes of a job at a mill, mine, etc. Please explain)?
Hope of finding work here to help their families.
Did they emigrate to another location before or after (Argentina,
France, England, etc.)?
Did they settle among other Piemontesi and were they members
of a Piemontesi society (fraternal, mutual aid, etc.)?
No. They settled in an area where there were many Italians.
Did your family maintain Piemontesi traditions -- language,
culture, history, cuisine, etc.?
Language spoken at home was Italian, as was culture, cuisine,
Did your family return home to visit or to live after the initial
emigration? Did they maintain contact with family back home?
No, they never returned home but maintained contact with family
Do you identify yourself more as American, Italian or Piemontese?
Have you visited your family's town(s) in Piemonte? What was your
Yes, many times. Wonderful experience and keep in close contact
via telephone with relatives.
Have you studied your Piemontesi genealogy? Please explain
I have a family tree back to (my) great-grandfather.
Do you belong to the Piemontesi nel Mondo, Famija Piemonteis
or any other organization?
Piemontesi nel Mondo.