Colaianni / Colajanni surname in San Pietro Avellana

Posted by Shirley Colaianni Sinclaire on 05/30/03 at 3:07 PM

Subject:   Colaianni / Colajanni surname in San Pietro Avellana

I am researching my grandfather, Pietro Bernardino Colaianni (Colajanni), San Pietro Avellana (Dec 27, 1893, via - San Paolo 8). I have written to: stato civile (2001 and 2003), the records were destroyed in WWII; the local church, no reply(2002); to ALL with the same surname in the directory of the town, have received 2 answers, they do not know if related nee more info (2001, 2003); military records, unable to locate him so far...all inquiries made in Italian; in FHC microfilm and Ellis Island, I have found his family:

Father: Domenicantonio - Grandparents (paternal): Bernardino Colaianni and Elisa DiGiacomo (persons reporting Bernardino's death in 1884 Gennaro Colajanni/Pasquale Colajanni) - Ggrandparents (paternal): Costanzo and Madelana Morelli (info from Domenico's marriage/Bernardino's death info)

Mother: Maria Domenica Colajanni - Grandparents (maternal): Pietro and Ninfa DiGiacomo - Married to Domenicantonio Jan 25, 1891

Siblings: 1 brother, Sabatino Serafino 1899 (supposedly others(?) per relatives); 2 sisters, both named Serafina... 1st - died Jan 1893, at 10 days old; 2nd - Sep 27, 1897-Sep 17, 1898.

Pietro emigrated with relatives listed below (Vessel BERLIN - Feb 9, 1911 from Naples) to meet with cousin Giuseppe (1 of Gennaro's 5 sons; Ricci and Carlini met other relatives elsewhere):

Carlini, Amieo (Amico) M 20y M
Ricci, Michele M 18y S
Colavecchio, Nicolantonio M 37y M
Colavecchio, Michele M 14y S
Colajanni, Gennart (Gennaro) M 60y M

Can anyone help to direct me in which way to go from here to try and get my grandfathers info if records were destroyed in WWII? Also, I would like to find relations to visit while in Italy and see where my grandfathers' family is from. I would also appreciate hearing from any that are located elsewhere.

mille grazie,
Shirley

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