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Posted by: Francesco Lanza Date: November 25, 2000 at 14:12:53
In Reply to: Re: GIAVANNI LANZA NEW ROCHELLE NY by Jerry Lanza of 90

My name is Francesco Lanza. I was born in Italy in 1947. My father is Umberto Lanza, born in Catania (sicily) on November 3rd 1917. He had 2 brothers (Nicola, born in 1911 e Raffaele born in 1913 in Caltagirone, Sicily) and a sister (Maddalena (or Carmela) born in Messina in 1908..the date of the Messina earthquake). Their Father (my grnadfather) was named Giacomo Lanza. he was born in Caltagirone (Sicily) circa 1878 and died in Catania in 1956. Giacomo was in "America" (could be in the USA or more likely in Argentina)at the time that Raffalele was born, i.e. circa 1913. His father was a Niccolo' Lanza who was born in Caltagirone and died there. I don't have much records of him. I only know that he was a watch repairer in Caltagirone.I searced the Cemetery records in Caltagirone in June 1999 and found no record of Niccolo', although most of the registers I searched were eaten by bookworms and I was probably going too far back in time. I did find however a lot of Lanza and Sinatra names. It seems that those last names are quite common in Caltagirone.
Have I been of help to someone?..can someone help me to trace my ancestry further?

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