Before you read why I created this page, it might be worth reading information on
this page with regards to Italian/Sicilian genealogy.
I found some tidbits worth keeping in mind while researching this nationality. It
would be very helpful if you speak Italian. It would be helpful if you have definite
information about an ancestor or ancestors. And if you plan a trip to Italy/Sicily
please do make yourself familiar with the above website.
Now with the why for creating this page:
This is a continuation of my genealogy helps page. The best way I know to approach it
is to copy and paste the email that was sent to me. Two of my cousin’s paternal DNA
history came from Italy. They were unable to trace the name in Italy. An issue with
the surname of their grandfather is the spelling and if it was indeed a correct surname.
There are two mysteries around his surname Cropper that I will not go into here.
An Italy website I used several years ago is still online. This is it:
You may want to try it in addition to the helps below. One of the links in the
email below takes you to a page that has many helpful links for Italian/Sicilian
ancestry. If the words are underlined that are active links.
Violet, my cousin, is deceased and her brother is unable to partake in these endeavors.
She paid for her brother's first DNA test and I paid for the last one. I am in charge
of both accounts.
Violet had joined a Sicilian group at Family Tree DNA. The emails now come to me.
This is the email sent to me verbatim:
From: "Family Tree DNA"
Sent: Tuesday, September 6, 2016 12:56 PM
To: my email address is here
Subject: Message from Sicily:Gettng more from your Sicily Project membership
"I’ve been able to devote more of my free time this year to running the project and have
tried to improve the project website with that free time. Here are some of the project
features I suggest that you explore and use.
1. The project website has always had a page -
which includes the Sicilian surnames of project members. I’ve found that members are eager
to have their surname listed there. This is an important feature, as people searching on
the internet for their surname come across our project and can potentially test at FTDNA
and connect with project members who may be related to them. In the past I’ve asked members
to provide me with up to 4 Sicilian surnames in their tree – some have done that and others
haven’t. I decided to expand the number of Sicilian surnames a member can add to the surname
list to 6. If you haven’t given me up to 6 Sicilian surnames for the project list, write back
to me with your surnames. Choose the 6 surnames that are most important to your paper trail
research. Please note that this list is for Sicilian surnames, not Calabrian or other Italian
mainland surnames. Also, please check the list first before submitting your surnames; if a
surname you want to submit is already there, please don’t submit it.
2. This spring I turned on FTDNA’s new myGroups format for the project. One of the main
features of my Groups is that it includes what’s called an Activity Feed. This allows project
members to ask questions about test results, discuss genealogy research and post photos which
all project members can see. As long as you’re logged into your FTDNA account (it’s not
accessible to non-members) and go to https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/sicily/activity-feed
you can read or post to the Activity Feed and interact directly with other project members.
I hope more members take advantage of this new capability.
3. We also have a page - https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/sicily/about/results
which includes a list of the Sicilian ancestral towns of our members,although I haven’t gotten
this information from some members. If you have any ancestral towns to add, write me with that
information; again, please check to see if your town is not already there before submitting it.
This page also includes a summary of the yDNA and mtDNA results of our members with a Sicilian
paternal or maternal line, respectively.
4. We have a page on the website -https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/sicily/links
with links to various helpful pages on other websites. The pages that are linked to have
resources for better understanding genetic genealogy and your results. There are also links
to the websites of other Italian projects at FTDNA, which you may be interested in.
5. We ask that members fill in the “most distant known ancestor” (MDKA) for their strict
paternal (father, paternal grandfather,paternal grandfather’s father, etc.) and maternal (mother,
maternal grandmother, maternal grandmother’s mother, etc.) ancestry. To enter that information,
log into your account and click on the orange link labeled “Manage Personal Information” in the
left column. On the page you’re sent to, click on the blue link labeled “Genealogy” near the
top of the page. Then click on the link labeled “Most Distant Ancestors” and you can enter
your information. (Remember that the “DirectMaternal” ancestor should be a woman, since it’s
a woman ancestor from whom you inherited your mtDNA.) This information is helpful to the project
and your matches. In the case of the project, it helps me decide if the yDNA or mtDNA result
reflects ancestry in a Sicilian or non-Sicilian line. (We only display results on the project
website that reflect Sicilian ancestry in the line being tested.) Also, having information about
in which Sicilian province your paternal or maternal line is from may help us see some patterns
of where in Sicily certain haplogroups are most common.
6. With the introduction of the Family Finder test to FTDNA a few years ago, that’s become
a very popular test that members take. We have many members who’ve only taken Family Finder,
which is a good test for finding cousins in any line in your tree. I also want to encourage members
to consider ordering a yDNA or mtDNA test, which only tell you about the strict paternal and maternal
lines, respectively. The haplogroups that you get with these tests have a lot to do with deep
ancestry, usually over 1,000 years ago, but you may be interested in finding out something about
the deep ancestry of your paternal or maternal line. In the case of yDNA, close matches at 37 or
more markers may be related to you in the last few hundred years.
Many male adoptees have successfully used this test, along with Family Finder, to find the surname
of an unknown biological father and sometimes even the specific man who is their father. If you’re
interested in ordering a yDNA or mtDNA test, in general FTDNA can use your existing DNA sample.
There are also haplogroup projects which you can join (for free) which offer advice on further
testing for those who have been assigned a haplogroup. The administrators of these projects are
the most knowledgeable people about their specific haplogroup. If you do have yDNA or mtDNA results,
I strongly encourage you to join the appropriate haplogroup project.
If you have any questions about anything I’ve written above or anything regarding your results,
please write back and ask.
Mike Maddi, Sicily Project Administrator
e-mail to: mtmaddi at yahoo.com
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