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Sicilian Angilletta

While the majority of Angilletta’s I have found have been from Reggio Calabria, there are a few I have found recorded on Family Search as being from Siracusa, Sicily. They are as follows:

Antonio ANGILLETTA
Male
Birth:1828 Sicilia, Italy
Spouse: Antonia MICIELI
Marriage: 1853 Siracusa, , Sicilia, Italy

Giuseppe ANGILLETTA
Male
Birth: 1859 Siracusa, , Sicilia, Italy

Parents:
Father: Antonio ANGILLETTA
Mother: Antonia MICIELI
Marriages:
Spouse: Giuseppa ACCOMANDO
Marriage: 21 DEC 1882 Siracusa, , Sicilia, Italy

The site makes the following claim:

Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church. No additional information is available. Ancestral File may list the same family and the submitter.

No source information is available.

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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Introduction

Calabria

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.