So begins my countdown to June 2013…..my goal, my dream to visit Melfi, Italy and my found family. At this point my lists are pretty simple, meet as many family members as is possible while I’m there, visit church and municipal archives which will hold more documents of relatives. I want to see how far back I can go in records. There is also the search for relatives on my nonna’s side. Most of which have eluded me here in the states. My grandparents were married here in America but from the same village in Italy.
I have much to do in this year ahead. Working on my Italian is going to be one of my main focuses. It will be of great help to be able to speak more freely, to understand and to be understood. There are gifts I’d like to take to them. Some I will make and some I will purchase. My nonno was one of 11 children born in the later part of the 1800’s obviously they have all passed, but some of their children are alive. My fathers generation. These are the people I am most excited to meet. It would be nice to hear of whatever memories they have.
I have no doubt that the year will pass faster than I think. June 2013….wait for me.