We acknowledge the research of genealogist Anthony Vermandois as the basis of our exploration into the lives of our ancestors from Agropoli in Campania province, Italy. At his website Imagines Maiorum, Anthony presents information gathered from vital records and marriage banns in Agropoli, along with data from the U.S. Federal Census records. Families from other towns in Southern Italy are also being added to his database.
This week his research on the Serrapede and Ruocco families starts our discussion about relationships between the members of these families who married into our direct line.
We have also used a series of free on-line Genetics Fact Sheets provided by the New South Wales Goverment’s website of the Health Centre for Genetics Education. Their Fact Sheet No. 16 on issues related to consanguinity made the complex genetic issues surrounding marriage between closely related family members very easy to understand.
Please see the Resources section at the end of this posting for links to the articles and Fact Sheets which provided the background reading for this posting.
Ruocco Family, Part B http://www.imaginesmaiorum.net/surname.cfm?id=323
NSW Genetic Fact Sheets
main website link for Acknowledgement.
Our Muro and Serrapede Family Bloodline: Descended from Cousins, Distant Relatives or Different Branch Families?
In our last posting we became acquainted with Nunziante and Anna Maria, the earliest ancestors Anthony has documented in our Muro bloodline. Their son Nicola Muro married Giuseppa Ruocco. When we analyzed Giuseppa’s pedigree we learned that her mother was from the Serrapede family!
Pedigree chart for Sammy’s paternal line (Serrapede-Ruocco)
This was a great surprise for us since Sammy’s paternal line is from the Serrapede family. His paternal Grandfather Gennaro Serrapede was descended from the bloodlines of the Serrapede, Ruocco, Conte and Borelli families. These lines of descent are shown in the chart above with blue and purple borders around Gennaro’s ancestors.
Sammy’s maternal line (Ruocco-Serrapede).
Giuseppa Ruocco Muro was Sammy’s Great Grandmother through his maternal line. Giuseppa’s marriage into the Muro family brought the Serrapede, Ruocco, Cavollo and Carnicelli DNA into Sammy’s maternal bloodline. Giuseppa’s descent from these families is shown in the diagram with orange and green borders around her ancestors.
Please note that the Luigi Serrapede (born circa 1800) in Giuseppa Ruocco’s line is a different person from the Luigi Serrapede (born before 1815) in Sabato Serrapede’s line as shown in the two charts above. Continue reading