Tracing my family heritage….
I have traced my Sicilian/Italian family heritage back to the early 1800′s. My grandpartens and great grandpartens were born in Tusa, Sicily, with other relatives born in Catania, Massina, Palermo among other locations throughout Sicily and Italy. My efforts in this regard continue, and one of the more interesting things that peeked my interest a few years ago was an answer to a question I posed to one of my cousins born in Sicily, and the question was… how and where did the Patti name originate… and was surprised at his answer which was… that the Patti family came from Spain, actully, fled from Spain as the result of the Spanish inquisition in 1478, when Jews fled to locations like Sicily, and where supposedly our family pursued the Roman Catholic faith and took the Patti. Completely surprised by his answer I asked what proof is there to substaniate the information, and his only response that it was family stories told by older generations and passed down. A bit hard to believe on my part until a few years ago when I came across some information about a professor at a university in Sicily who had down some major research on the Spanish inquistion and the flight of Jews to Sicily and other parts of the world. I cannot remember the professor’s name or the university now, but at the time I made an effort to contact the professor only to find out he had passed away, I also should have attempted to obtain a copy of the research he reported published, but I did not, and that is where I dropped the matter. That is until I saw the “Finding Your Roots” series on PBS this past weekend which at now 79 years old, peeked my interest once again. And now my question is how should I proceed, what help and assistance is out there and available to pursue this research further?? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Another note of interest in this matter would be to mention that a great aunt of mine, Angelina Patti a famous operat signer was born in Spain, although her parents where born in Cataina, Sicily, and what relevance this may have to any research I’m not sure, but thought I would mention it.
Walter A. Patti