Posts Tagged ‘Angilletta’

Antonio Angilletta & Rosa Severino – Gioiosa Ionica

Well finally after years of searching I have been able (with the help of good friends) break down a major brick wall for my own family. I’ve traced my patrilineal lineage to the Comune of Gioiosa Ionica in the Province of Reggio Calabria, Italy.

I’ve uploaded the file for the Descendants of Antonio ANGILLETTA & Rosa SEVERINO with as much sourced information as I have available. I am currently waiting on the Archivist for the Reggio Calabria Archives to send a few more documents and I believe I will be done using Civil Records to trace my family. Next step: Church Records!


Please note that all information posted thus far is public domain and no privacy laws have been breached intentionally or otherwise. Should you see anything that should not be posted please contact me and I will investigate and if necessary remove immediately. Alternatively, if you would like to add, modify or expand on this family, I would also be interested in hearing from you.

Giuseppe Antonio ANGILLETTA

Giuseppe Antonio ANGILLETTA
Father: Salvatore ANGILLETTA
Mother: Filomena PANETTA
Born: 21 Apr 1888 in Grotteria, Reggio Calabria, Italy
Married: 6 Dec 1937 Sebastian, Arkansas, USA
Died: 2 Sep 1952 Calvary Cemetery, Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA

Joseph Angeletti Tombstone

Joseph Angeletti Tombstone

Spouse: Louise MAESTRI
Father: Leo MAESTRI (1894-1962)
Mother: Caterina
Born: 27 Jul 1919 in Greenwood, Sebastian, Arkansas, USA
Died: 3 Mar 2008 in Liberty Cemetery, Fort Smith, Sebastian, Arkansas, USA


  • Comune of Grotteria Birth Act #88
  • Microfilm

Titles: Registri dello stato civile di Grotteria (Reggio di Calabria),
1809-1910 Grotteria (Reggio di Calabria). Ufficio dello stato civile
Nati: 1888 FHL INTL Film
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Are we Related?

Nellie Birth

Nellie Angellatta
20 Aug 1913

One of the most frequent questions I get when I first meet people with the same surname is “Are we related”?  The answer to that is – I don’t know. Yet.  I am currently working on piecing all the persons with the Angilletta surname together first and trying to work my way backwards to where each of the families originated from.  As you can imagine, this hasn’t been easy.  At first, I thought the surname was not a very common one so I shouldn’t have too much trouble.  Well I was wrong.  There are hundreds of Angilletta’s who I found immigrated to the USA between 1890 and 1924 through Ellis Island alone.  This spreadsheet will show you who they are and where they came from.   Notice the variations in spelling?  It becomes even more difficult as many changed the spelling of the surname once in the US.  Some did it to fit in better, while others did it accidentally.

Most of our ancestors were illiterate so when the name was incorrectly recorded on a vital record such as a child’s birth certificate, that became their legal surname.  A perfect example of this would be the family of Vincenzo Angilletta and Cristina Scrivo who with their son Luigi immigrated from Caulonia, Reggio Calabria Italy  to Keyser, West Virgina.

A search of the West Virginia Vital Records Research Project turned up birth indexes for several of their children and found Cristina had registered the births. She spelled the surname Angellatta.  Since they never amended the records this became the new spelling of their surname. So, Vincenzo Angilletta became James Angilletta, Cristina became Christina Angellatta, Luigi became Louis and all the other children, became Angellatta.