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Questions and answers about the Calascio Emigrant Database

  1. What is the Calascio Emigrant Database ... ?
  2. What is its intended purpose ... ?
  3. What are its limitations ... ?
  4. What sources of information are used ... ?
  5. How can I contribute information to the Calascio Emigrant Database ... ?
  6. Can I access the Calascio Emigrant Database for my own research ... ?
  7. Can I obtain extensive research assistance from
  8. Are there other ways that can provide me assistance...?
  9. Who organized the Calascio Emigrant Database...?


1.  What is the Calascio Emigrant Database ... ?

The Calascio Emigrant Database consists of Family Group Records for selected individuals who were born in Calascio or Rocca Calascio beginning in 1850.  Not every individual born in Calascio since 1850 is included, though we are working toward that goal.  Our database currently focuses on individuals or their children who have emigrated to the US or Canada, generally between the years of 1895 and 1920.  

The database is built around the following rules and limitations:

bulletincludes the name, plus year and place of birth and death of the oldest male ancestor born after 1850: 
bulletincludes the name and year and place of birth and death of his spouse(s), regardless of date of birth;
bulletincludes at least the names for all of their known descendants, pluse year and place of birth and death if born before 1900. 
bulletExcludes year and place of birth and death for indivduals born after 1900.  
bulletExcludes spouses who are not direct Calascio descendants, though their children are identified when known.     

2.  What is its intended purpose ... ?

The main purpose of the Calascio Emigrant Database is to provide people worldwide with a means to rediscover their links to Calascio by focusing on the generation of the emigrant.   In the case of current residents of Calascio or nearby towns and cities, the Database represents an opportunity to learn about "lost" overseas cousins by tracing them through a known, common ancestor.  For American, Canadian and other non-Italian residents,  the database provides an opportunity to recognize a known emigrant ancestor and to discover "lost" cousins around the world.

3.  What are its limitations ... ?

The Calascio Emigrant Database includes all known descendants of an included ancestor, subject to privacy limitations that exclude all details for persons born after 1900.  Ascendants are limited to those individuals born in Calascio or Rocca Calascio after the year 1850.   By limiting the database to those born after 1850, we include the parent(s) of an emigrating ancestor (as well as the names of all known descendants),  while respecting the privacy of research conducted by site contributors who do not wish to have their extensive pedigrees (before 1850) published or released online.  Excluding all details for persons born after 1900 is a standard privacy consideration for online databases.  Excluding the names of spouses of Calascio descendants while including the names of their children is intended to reduce the size of the database and to respect the privacy of those adults who happen to have married a Calascio descendant but have no interest in having their name attached to this database.  

4.  What sources of information are used... ?

Most of the information included in the Calascio Emigrant Database has been extracted by Paul Zelus from copies of the Calascio and Rocca Calascio civil records microfilmed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS-Mormon).   Those records cover the period between 1809 and 1910, and include civil records of birth, marriage, and death.  Descendant information has been provided by countless individuals who have provided information to about their families. 

5.  How can I contribute information to the Calascio Emigrant Database ... ?

A Reply Form has been designed for this purpose.  You may complete as many three-generation Family Group Records as you like, or, alternatively, email your information directly to us via email at:

You are also encouraged to contribute Recipes, Photos, History and Culture items, as well asFeatured Family biographies and pedigrees for posting to other areas of the website. 

6.  Can I access the Calascio Emigrant Database for my own research ... ?

The Calascio Emigrant Database is not available for distribution or downloading.  

7.  Can I obtain additional research assistance from

Yes.  You may request that pedigree charts or other research be conducted on specific families, for a reasonable fee. has the ability to research and trace most family names in Comune Calascio and Rocca Calascio.  To request a search, submit a Family Group Sheet and please email us for a price quote.  Our comprehensive database includes Calascio and Rocca Calascio civil records covering the 1809-1910 period, as well as information from US federal censuses (1900, 1910 and 1920), civil birth and death records (US and Italy), newspapers, obituaries, ship passenger manifests, as well as access to Italian archival sources containing earlier censuses and tax lists (1666, 1753, and 1788).  All proceeds from such research are pledged to defraying the considerable and ongoing costs of maintaining and expanding this website.  

8.  Are there other ways to obtain research information and assistance from

Yes.  The developers of have many years of experience researching Calascio records, surnames and families.  Our present comprehensive database includes more than 15,000 Calascio ancestors and their descendants, and dozens of vital contacts in Italy, Canada and the US.  We are more than willing to share information and to provide research suggestions and advice at no cost, and help you to either begin or extend your own family research.  

9.  Who organized is the result of the inspiration, hard work and personal financial commitment of: William Cellini, Jr. (Frasca, Taranta) ; Sandy Ludwick (Ursini, Bartolomucci) ; and Paul Zelus (Antonacci, Matarelli) .
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Revised: July 02, 2003.