This is a follow-up to Elisia Mascarenas post. I am her uncle (and sort of the family historian). The letter that Rosa Velova wrote to her son, my great-grandfather Dominico Luchini, in 1868 was written from Barga. In the letter, Rosa mentions a brother and sister who send their regards. Dominico became known as Domingo after he arrived in Spanish-speaking New Mexico with troops sent from New York (where he had enlisted in the Union Army). He seems to have arrived on the east coast of the U.S. in the 1850's. The family tradition is that he worked part of the time as a peddler and part of the time for various families. He is said to have left the east coast after the father in one of the families he worked for wanted to marry him to the family's daughter.
I visited Barga about 10 years ago for about a day. I was not able to get in to see the village records because the archivist was away from Barga. I also was not able to get in to see any of the church records. I did find out from being there, however, that San Piero in Campo, where Dominico was born, seems to be a very small village located down the mountain from Barga.
If anyone is interested in a translation of the letter Dominico's mother sent to him from Barga, please let me know and I will be happy to post it. Or perhaps I could post it in the original Italian, which, since I don't speak Italian (the letter was translated by someone else)might contain some clues that I may have missed.