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Where are we from?

Most of the Angilletta’s I have found so far have been from Reggio Calabria, Italy which is a comune (town) and a province in the region of Calabria in Southern Italy. Reggio di Calabria is located on the toe of the Italian peninsula and is separated by the Strait of Messina from the island of Sicily.

There are several comuni in Reggio and even more frazioni (subdivisions, hamlets, or villages) and our ancestors were scattered throughout these areas. The map below will give you an idea of the various comuni the Angilletta’s came from:

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Calabria Picture by P. Serafino

The largest wave of Italians left their homes for the America’s between 1880 and 1920 to escape war and poverty, or just to try and build a better life for themselves. Most were men and were from Southern Italy, including Calabria and Sicily. Some returned to their homes in Italy and were commonly known as “Birds of Passage”, but many chose to stay and began new lives, and even started new families. While in America, they endured many hardships and were often regarded as anarchists and violent people but who had strong Catholic beliefs. They brought their food and culture with them and congregated in areas which were referred to as “Little Italy”. They at one pointed accounted for almost 90% of US Public Service jobs in certain cities.

My Angilletta ancestors were no different. Here I have attempted to collect as much information as I can on these families, beginning with these pages. If you have any information you would like to add to this site, or to report a broken link, please, feel free to contact me. I would be happy to hear from you.