Hurry! Our Family DVD Will Soon Be Discontinued!

There are only a few copies left of our professionally edited DVD: “The Genetti Family of Castelfondo: Our Journey to America”! The deadline to order is December 31, 2017. After this date the DVD will be discontinued and we will no longer ship copies.

If you missed Reunion 2016 or would like a unique Christmas gift for a family member, this DVD is the perfect solution! Place your order TODAY – hurry before you miss this opportunity to own a piece of Genetti genealogy!

The price for this beautifully packaged presentation is $20 (includes shipping).

Please send your check addressed to:
William Genetti, 1345 N. Church St., Hazle Township, PA 18202.

Stop by the Genetti Family Shop for more goodies and gifts, from books about Tyrolean heritage to coffee mugs with the Genetti family coat-of-arms. Click here to shop!

New Photos on our Website!

Albine (Albert) V. Genetti
(1893-1992)

Our online family photo collection is growing! This month I received a group of photographs from Dale Genetti. Dale is the daughter of Robert and Geraldine Genetti, and the granddaughter of Albert and Mildred Genetti (all from Hazleton, PA). I have included five of Dale’s pics on our Photograph page along with captions. If you haven’t visited our family website in awhile, why not take a stroll down memory lane! Click here to view Photographs in our Gallery section.

The rest of Dale’s family memorabilia has been added to the online Genetti Family Tree, attached to the listings of her grandparents and parents. To access our online tree, click here and search for the name of a specific person. Or just spend some time browsing our many, many ancestor/descendant listings. We now boast 1,739 names on our family tree – and there are still hundreds more to research and add. Thanks Dale, your contribution to our genealogy project is much appreciated!

And while you are perusing our extensive Photograph page, see if you can spot five more photos that I just added from my own collection – the descendants of my grandparents, Angeline and Leon Genetti. Pictured here is a photo taken at the Genetti family farm, about 1933. This is a tricky picture since, you can’t see many of the faces. Between Dale and I, we were able to identify half of the family members in this photograph. Can you guess who these people are! Click here and scroll down the photo page to see who is in this oldie but goodie!

BTW – did you know that you can click on every picture on our photo page to view an enlargement? Yep, no need to squint – just click to see a larger version with all of the details. Happy browsing!

 

 

Iceman – New Movie About Otzi

I can’t wait to see this movie! “Iceman” is about Otzi, the world’s oldest preserved mummy and an ancestral Tyrolean. He lived 5,300 years ago during the Bronze Age in what is now the Italian Alps.The fictional story line was created around facts discovered about the famous Iceman, such as his death was a result of being shot with an arrow. In an interesting twist, the movie was filmed using the ancient Rhaetian language, spoken by the people of the Eastern Alpine region (Northern Italy, Southern Germay, Eastern Switzerland, Slovenia and Western Austria) during the pre-Roman and Roman periods.

I hope “Iceman” is made available to US audiences soon!

Click here to see the movie trailer for “Iceman”!

Want to know more about the Rhaetian Language? Click here.

Another Leaf on the Tree

Congratulations go out to Patrick and Cassie Genetti on the birth of their baby son. Patrick is the son of Bill Genetti (Hazleton, PA) and the grandson of Augusto (Gus) Genetti (1892-1976). We wish your family much joy and happiness on the arrival of your “new leaf”.

Three New Leaves on the Genetti Family Tree

Original Genetti Family TreeIt’s always a joyous occasion to announce the birth of a new descendant. May was a particularly wonderful month with the birth of three new babies! Our new “leaves” have been added to the Genetti family tree.

Congratulations to Pierce and Colleen Reeves on the birth of a baby girl. She is the granddaughter of Lyn Genetti Reeves and the great-granddaughter of Bill Genetti.

Our second baby was born to Kelsey and Kyle Daffern. This little boy is the grandson of Vicki Jean Recla Underwood and the 3rd great-grandson of ancestor Angeline Maddalena Genetti Recla (1865-1937).

And finally, congrats go to Jeanne and Jon Leaman on the birth of their daughter. She is the great-grandbaby of Jean Branz Daly and the 2nd great-granddaughter of Erminia Genetti Branz (1896-1971).

Many well wishes and much love to our three happy families!

Updates to Family Tree

The Genetti Family Tree

During the past month, 117 new ancestors have been researched and added to our family tree. Many are from a branch of the family that settled in Ironwood, Michigan. Thank you Gregory Genetti for providing info about your ancestors.

I have also included many family members from the extensive Illinois Genetti clan.

If you would like to browse our online tree go to: http://genettifamily.tribalpages.com/

At this point, I believe our tree is about two-thirds completed – still many, many more ancestors to track down!

The original Genetti Family Tree is available through our online store (click here for more info).

FYI – Some interesting news!

garygenettipodcastOur cousin, master glass artist Gary Genetti, was interviewed recently for “Inspirational Creatives” podcast. I love listening to podcasts and this show was of particular interest to me since I also have a background in the arts. Gary’s interview is very insightful, offering a personal glimpse into his creative and life philosophy. Find “Inspirational Creatives” at iTunes. Congrats Gary – great job! Click here to access their website and listen to Inspirational Creatives Podcast. Gary’s episode is #194.

And from one of our cousins in Italy, Chiara Dalla Nogare, here is information about an exchange opportunity between youth in Trentino and the descendants of Trentino immigrants. If you are a Genetti descendant whose family originated in Castelfondo, Trentino – and a young adult, you might be eligible for this fantastic program. The information is available in Italian, English and Spanish. Click here to access the website MondoTrentino. Thank you Chiara for sharing this wonderful program with your American cousins.

What’s New in the Genetti Shop?

output_miceltIf you haven’t visited our Genetti Family Shop in awhile, I have revamped the store, deleted some products and added a few things that I know you’ll really enjoy.

Our mugs have been newly designed with several distinctive styles to choose from. Also new to our selection are iPad cases, spiral notebooks and hardcover journals. The shop itself has been pared-down and simplified to make shopping easier. And now all of our products (family tree prints, mugs, etc.) are produced by RedBubble as I feel their quality is superior to other printing companies. Click here to visit The Genetti Family Shop at RedBubble.

Don’t miss out on our family history DVD, “The Genetti Family of Castelfondo: Our Journey to America.” Professionally filmed during Reunion 2016, this limited edition DVD is available through Bill Genetti. Visit our Shop for ordering details.

familytreeguidetodnaOur Amazon Family Bookstore has also grown with new book selections about DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. This exciting avenue of research has opened up many possibilities for cousin matching, identifying ethnicity and understanding our inherited DNA. Visit our Bookstore and expand your horizons!

 

 

ancestry-2And more exciting news, you can now order DNA testing kits through our website store! If you’re a novice or an expert at DNA testing, we offer a large variety of kits to suit your genetic goal, available from three major testing companies: Ancestry.com, FamilyTree DNA and 23andMe. All three companies offer the standard Autosomal kit ranging in price from $79 to $99. Want to delve deeper into your ancient ancestry or get a personal health report? You can find that here too! More extensive tests are available in our store from FamilyTree DNA and 23andMe. Click here and scroll through our shop page for DNA Testing Kits.

Want to learn more about DNA? Check out our new page: DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. Here you’ll learn the basics, plus get some helpful links to additional information.

Start 2017 with a special gift to yourself! Shop at the Genetti Family Store for unique items – and remember, every purchase helps support this website and ongoing family research.

Happy New Year!

Wishing cousins near and far a Happy New Year – Felice Anno Nuovo!

Here is a little video from our ancestral home of Castelfondo. Watch closely and you will see the Genetti homestead!

Thank you to “I Love Val di Non” for providing this clip. You can see more photos and videos from the beautiful Val di Non at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ILoveValdiNon/

Buon Natale

StNicolo-11Last year I published a Christmas blog post about San Nicolò. It turned out to be one of my favorite posts of the year. Since we have many new subscribers to our site, I felt it was appropriate to republish the piece today in honor of our cousins throughout the world. Wishing you all a joyous Christmas!

Originally published December 2015:

Did you know that the patron saint of Castelfondo is San Nicolò? That’s right, the church of our ancestral village is named after San Nicolò in recognition of an early christian saint who is the inspiration for Father Christmas, aka: Santa Claus. In English he is known as Saint Nicholas.

San Nicolò di Bari lived during the 3rd to 4th centuries AD in a Roman colony that is now modern day Turkey. He died on December 6, 343 AD of old age.

There are several legends and miracles attributed to San Nicolò. One in particular may be the beginning of the gift-giving tradition associated with Father Christmas. Upon hearing of a poor man who could not afford dowries for his three daughters, Nicolò (then the Bishop of Myra) gifted part of his wealth to the daughters in the form of three bags of gold, saving them from a life with no husbands and most likely, forced prostitution. To read the entire story, (which includes one sack of gold being thrown down a chimney!) I recommend visiting the site: Life in Italy. This informative page includes the historical details of San Nicolò’s life and the explanation of how his legend morphed into today’s Santa Claus.

The photograph above pictures a prominent painting gracing the baroque altar of Castelfondo’s beautiful church. During my 2011 visit to the village, I was given a tour of San Nicolò by a lovely little woman who is the caretaker. She took me by the arm and escorted me around the altar, all the while describing paintings, frescoes and statues that adorn the church. Of course her explanation was in Italian! I nodded dutifully as I caught a word here and there. I was so appreciative that she had turned on the lights for us. Her obvious devotion to the church and the history it represented touched my heart. While she spoke, I could feel the spirit of my ancestors fill the pews. Generations of Genetti, Marchetti and Zambotti had worshiped in this church for hundreds of years! They had walked this very isle where I now stood. I’m sure they had a family pew where they knelt to pray, just as I had as a child in Hazleton, PA attending church at St. Gabriel’s with my father. I was awed and overwhelmed by that moment … reaching through time to share a moment with the ancestors who had shaped my life.

As we gather with our families this Christmas, remember to thank your ancestors. Without their bravery, determination and Tyrolean values, our lives would be so different. How wonderful it is to know our roots and inherit a rich culture that we share with many cousins around the world.

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo a tutti i miei cugini!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of my cousins!