I know that Donato (b 1866 d 1937) lived at 169 Church St, Bridgeport, CT in 1908 244 Berkshire Ave Bridgeport, CT prior to 1937
He died at 39 Brookfield Ave, Fairfield, CT in 1937 and is buried in St. Michael's Cemetary, Stratford, CT (along with his wife).
I also know that his wife Martha (Mattea) Altieri was born in 1868 and died in 1908.
The information on Martha and Donato Riccio's parents was obtained from their death certificates. The information on Donato's death certificate was provided by Leonard Riccio. The problem is that I had been unable to determine their birth locations to proceed further. However, if they were from Castelfranco, this would be a big lead for me.
My grandmother Josephine (Riccio) Simmons (b 1901 d 1986) had told me that she had about 60 1st cousins so I was hoping that I might find a connection (and some help) out there somewhere.
With respect to the Ratzenbergers, I am a second cousin once-removed of John (the actor) and a grand-nephew of Bill Ratzenberger (former owner of the Continental Restaurant).
Any information that you could provide would be greatly appreciated. I'll see if I can find some more concrete information and questions.
I really enjoy doing the detective work of genealogical research. My one regret, as I am sure that I share with many other genealogists, is that I didn't start sooner when more of my relatives were alive.