Month: November 2015

Photo from Castelfondo


Right to left: Bianca Genetti, Basilio Marchetti, Eligio Ianes, Carlo (Carleto) Stancher, Camillo Genetti, Tullio Cologna, Giuseppe Genetti, Vittorio Marchetti, Albino Morandi, Ferdinando Corazza, Luigi Genetti, Emilio Marchetti, Narciso Genetti, Attilio Morandi, Luigi (kimpil) Marchetti, Emilio Morandi; Kneeling: Flavio Cologna, Giuseppe Stancher, Angelo Corazza, Marino Segna

We just added a fantastic photo to our Photograph Page. Gemma Genetti, one of our Italian cousins from Trentino, posted it on my Facebook page and I just had to share it on our website.

Here is the church choir of Castelfondo! There is no date on the image, but I would guess it was taken in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s. Amongst the names you’ll see many familiar surnames: Genetti, Marchetti, Cologna, Corazza, Segna and Ianes (Yanes). We have descendants from all of these families in the United States. Heck – three of these names can be found on my own immediate family tree!

Gemma also sent me a link to a wonderful Facebook group called “Chei da Chastelfon”. The name is in the regional dialect of Nones. It translates to: “People from Castelfondo”. The group posts old photos of the villagers taken throughout the years. The pics are labeled in Italian, but are easy to translate using the translator function in Facebook (look for the link under descriptions and comments that says: See Translation). I spent an hour scrolling through the many photos of families, homes and festivities posted on this page. What a treat since I recognized many of the sites from my previous visits to Castelfondo. If you are a member of Facebook and would like to join “Chei da Chastelfon” – click here to access their page. Then just click on the “Join Now” button located on the right side of the banner photo. After you’ve joined, you’ll receive posts made by members of the group in your personal newsfeed.

What a unique and beautiful way to understand our ancestry through the vehicle of photos. This simple Facebook page transcends the barriers of language and the generations that separate us as cousins.

Mille grazie to Gemma Genetti, Gianpaolo Pedrazza and Giovanni Marchetti!

Genetti Swag!

Genetti Mugs

The Genetti Coffee Mug

Yep, it’s that time of year again. Ho, ho, ho and deck the halls! Time to check-out the Genetti Shop to see what goodies you can snag for special family members on your Christmas list.

So many wonderfully unique gift items have been added to our online store that it’s hard to choose. This year I’ve selected four different products personalized with the Genetti Coat-of-Arms for holiday gift giving.

Always a favorite – our tall coffee mug has been updated with the family name in a classic, old-world font. The mug is available in six different designs, including a hip new distressed look and a throw-back 50’s font. (To see more, go directly to “Drinkware”: click here).

Genetti MugsGenetti MugsMy next selection was a money clip engraved with our family crest. I was super-pleased with this product! It was beautifully created by Café Press – a real gem of a gift!

My third choice was a nifty apron. I’m sure you have at least one chef on your list of Genetti family. I knew immediately that a personalized apron was just the right gift for my “foodie” relative! (See the money clip, apron and lots of other “Cool Stuff”: click here).

And finally, I purchased a tall, stainless steel thermos for one of my coffee-toting brothers. But shhhhhhh – don’t tell him and spoil the surprise! (See thermos, mugs, steins, and glasses under “Drinkware”: click here).

Genetti Money Clip

Money Clip with Genetti Coat-of-Arms

Stop by and browse our large selection of books on Tyrolean culture at the Family Bookstore. And don’t forget to peruse T-shirts, drinkware, kid’s clothes, family tree prints and the rest of our classic Genetti swag on the Shop Page.

Plus make sure you sign-up for special offers through our suppliers: Café Press and Redbubble (see instructions at the end of this post). Both companies send weekly email specials that can save you a bundle (discounts usually range between 15% – 30% on certain items). FYI – Café Press and Redbubble are both running Black Friday specials all this week! Sign-up ASAP to see what great holiday deals you can grab. What could be better – sales without the hassle of crowds AND delivered right to your door!

To my USA readers – wishing you a warm and grateful Thanksgiving holiday!

Click here to visit The Genetti Family Shop!


Genetti Family Apron

Genetti Thermos

Stainless Steel Thermos

Genett Thermos

Genetti Thermos










Special Note:

To sign-up for Café Press specials: go to: – scroll to the bottom of their home page and enter your email in the box labeled “Get Exclusive Offers”. It’s that easy!

To sign-up for Redbubble specials: Just click here – scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your email in the box labeled “Subscribe for OFFERS & UPDATES”.


** A small percentage of each sale is returned to The Genetti Family Genealogy Project. These funds help support continuing ancestor research, along with the upkeep and maintenance of our family website. Thank you!


A Mystery Marriage!

Pennsylvania marriage record for Mary Genetti to Christopher Martini, 1885. Click to enlarge.

Pennsylvania marriage record for Mary Genetti to Christopher Martini, 1885. Click to enlarge.

Don Lingousky and his wife, Joyce, have done it again! While searching through old marriage records online, Don stumbled upon an intriguing mystery. He promptly emailed me with his findings and the three of us went to work digging for evidence. Don’s clue had uncovered an unknown marriage for our 2nd great-aunt, Anna Maria “Mary” Genetti Zambotti (1859-1937), daughter of Leone and Cattarina Genetti.

If you remember past posts, Don and I are 3rd cousins. My great-grandfather, Damiano Genetti (1857-1944), was the brother of Don’s great-grandmother, Angeline Maddalena Genetti Recla (1865-1937). And the great-aunt in question, Mary Genetti Zambotti, was the sister of Damiano and Angeline. During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the three siblings, along with their younger brother, Rafaele (1867-1949), established themselves as entrepreneurial business owners in the towns of Weston, Hazleton and Sheppton, Pennsylvania.

Don and Joyce are great genealogy sleuths and have added many wonderful finds to our family website. Don’s sharp eye caught an interesting notation on the marriage record issued to Peter Zambotti and Mary Genetti in 1896 – strangely Mary’s maiden name is listed as Martini, not Genetti!

2nd Pennsylvania marriage record for Mary (Genetti) Martini and Peter Zambotti, 1896. Click to enlarge.

2nd Pennsylvania marriage record for Mary (Genetti) Martini and Peter Zambotti, 1896. Click to enlarge.

According to the certificate, Mary had been married before, with the first marriage dissolved due to death. None of our records stated that Mary Genetti was married twice! Nor was this reflected in our family tree. Don went back and searched again, soon finding Mary’s first marriage record. It had been overlooked since the names of both husband and wife were misspelled by the attending clerk.

Mary’s first marriage was to Christopher Martini in December of 1885. This life event had slipped through the historic cracks of time, probably escaping our family memory because there were no descendants from Mary and Christopher’s short marriage.

Since the marriage took place in 1885, there was also no record of the couple in the missing 1890 federal census. Due to the lack of historical documents, we had no idea who Christopher Martini was, how he had died nor the date of his death. (Genealogy Note: the 1890 federal census was destroyed by fire in 1921 with the majority of the records lost.)


Mary Genetti and Peter Zambotti, probably 1895 or 1896.

Don, Joyce and I consulted various genealogy websites and data bases. Finally we located Christopher’s birth record in the Italian registry maintained by Nati in Trentino (see explanation below). Like Mary, Christopher was a fellow Tyrolean born in the neighboring village of Revo on July 25,1852. His baptismal name was Cristoforo Mattia Martini. And his birth date closely matched the wedding register. Although we have no evidence to tie this birth record to Mary’s first husband, we are fairly sure this was the same “Christopher”.

Unfortunately a good deal more digging, turned up no further info – no death certificate or obituary, no tombstone, no family trees with the name of Cristoforo “Christopher” Martini. All we know is that he died sometime between 1885 and 1895.

According to Mary’s second marriage record dated January of 1896, she married Peter Zambotti, a fellow Tyrolean from her home village of Castelfondo. Peter had arrived in America just the year before in 1895.

The couple had one child, a son named John born in 1897 who died at the young age of thirty. We know this because John is noted in the 1900 and 1920 Federal Census. He also has a WW I draft registration card on file and we were able to locate his Pennsylvania death certificate. Plus we had photos of John’s tombstone in the Weston, PA cemetery where both of his parents were buried.


John Zambotti Smardo 1897 – 1927, Sacred Heart Cemetery, Weston, PA

While researching this story, I took a closer look at the photo of John’s marker. In 2012 I had spent some time photographing tombstones in the Sacred Heart Cemetery where many of my ancestors are buried. When I found the photo of John Zambotti’s marker on my hard drive, an interesting surprise was clearly visible on the stone. His name was engraved “John Zambotti Smardo”. The unfamiliar name of “Smardo” was also on his death certificate. Joyce and I mulled this over for a few days and came to the conclusion that John must have been adopted by Mary and Peter. “Smardo” was his birth surname. We ran this hypothesis past Don. It was then that he remembered his grandmother’s family history had listed John Zambotti as being adopted. Another mystery solved! Sadly, John passed away in 1927 from tuberculosis. His occupation was listed as “miner”, he was single and left no heirs.

Thank you once again Don and Joyce Lingousky for your tenacious research! I have made updates to our family tree and corrected the ancestral record.

Note: If you are researching your Tyrolean ancestors, a data base of births can be accessed at: Nati in Trentino. Available in six languages (including English), records are listed for the years 1815 through 1923. The website explains: “With the Treaty of Vienna in 1815, Trentino was annexed to the Tyrol County. From that year until after the Great War – until December 31st, 1923, to be precise – the birth registers were maintained by the parishes, which also acted as registry offices. While many registry rolls were lost, those remaining were transferred onto microfilm in the 1980’s to facilitate consultation. The details of these individuals (approximately 1.28 million in all) have now been collected, in a project lasting several years, in an Index made available to academics and anyone wishing to retrace the history of their family.”

Click here to access Nati in Trentino.

The Glass Studio of Gary Genetti

GaryGenettiIf you live near the New York City area or eastern Pennsylvania, make sure you stop by the Glass Studio of Gary Genetti during the weekend of November 27-29. Every year Gary opens the doors of his studio to the public, offering a glimpse of his exquisite glass art. The event takes place in the rural town of Warwick, New York – just north of NYC. For address and phone number, see the flyer shown here or check Gary’s website.




BlueMedallionThis year Gary will be featuring his new kiln formed work: Fused Murrine Mosaics and Carved/Color Inlayed Panels. I’ve only seen these online, but I bet they are spectacular in-person!

A nationally recognized glass artist, Gary’s beautiful pieces have been exhibited in many galleries and prestigious craft venues, as well as featured in the permanent collection of the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC.






Stop by and browse Gary Genetti’s website. If a piece catches your eye and you would like it for your collection or as a special gift, contact him directly at:

Welcome to New Cousins!

angela mary ralph peter

Left to right: Angela Maddalena Genetti, Ralph (Raffael) Recla, Peter Zambotti and Anna Maria (Mary) Genetti. About 1895. Photo contributed by Don Lingousky.

The past few weeks have been exceptionally busy with emails from new cousins who have stumble upon The Genetti Family Genealogy Project. Along with answering emails, I’ve been busy tracking down our shared ancestry so we can enter their family information on our tree.

We’d like to welcome Vicki Recla Underwood Simpson and Ralph Bones to our family genealogy project. Vicki and Ralph are first cousins from the Genetti/Recla branch. Their shared ancestors are grandparents Lawrence Leo Recla and Kathryn Piz. Lawrence was the son of Raffael Recla and Angela Maddalena Genetti of Sheppton, Pennsylvania. Vicki and Ralph have already supplied me with twenty-five descendants for our family tree. We look forward to their future contributions of photos and information about the Recla clan.

Do you remember Don Lingousky from past posts and contributions to this website? Well it turns out that Don is Vicki and Ralph’s second cousin, as well as a great researcher of his own family ancestry. Don’s grandmother, Leonela Recla, was the sister of Ralph and Vicki’s grandfather, Lawrence. Emails have already been exchanged between Recla cousins and I’m sure they will be comparing ancestral notes soon. (FYI – I am Vicki and Ralph’s third cousin because we share the same great-great-grandparents, Leone and Cattarina Genetti).

The tombstone of Col. Emil Joseph Genetti, Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO.

The tombstone of Col. Emil Joseph Genetti, Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO.

Also we would like to welcome Francesco Marchetti of Trentino, Italy. Francesco wrote me several weeks ago searching for information on his American cousins. His family, likes ours, is from the village of Castelfondo in northern Italy. Francesco’s 3rd great-aunt, Maria Marchetti, came to America in 1913 and married Pietro Genetti, also of Castelfondo. Their life in America and the amazing legacy that their children built deserves its own blog post! I am still researching this interesting family, but for now I can tell you that Maria and Pietro represent a new branch of our family that I have yet to add to the Genetti tree. The couple settled in Michigan, had three sons and their lives are well-documented through the Federal Census and newspaper articles. Plus I have uncovered several living descendants and hope they will eventually connect with our website, adding their own stories and photos. The great-grandchildren of Maria and Pietro, now living in various locals throughout the United States, are Francesco’s third cousins.

The story deepens because I am also from the Marchetti-Genetti families. After doing the math and counting the generations, I concluded that Francesco is my 6th cousin, once removed (Francesco is a generation younger than me). And I am also related to Maria and Pietro’s descendants – twice! Their grandchildren are my 5th cousins through the Genetti family, and my 6th cousins through the Marchetti family.

Within a few weeks, I will write the complete story of Maria, Pietro and their sons, Emil Joseph (Primo), Albert and Florian. My sincere thanks (mille grazie!) to Francesco for contacting our website and beginning the research into his fascinating family!

A final note – due to the many Genetti ancestors and their descendants who have served in the military, I have decided to compile a page honoring our family’s military history. If you would like to note family members on this page, please email photos, military history, documents, etc. to: I will do my best to create a suitable tribute to our family in uniform.