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My Family Tree - Cynthia Gallo

Updated January 16, 2011

About Our Family Research

It wasn't until I left the East in 1985 and started my own family, that I took a real interest in my heritage. Before that I just took it for granted. I feel a connection with my heritage; especially that of my Italian roots, which was the most prevalent influence growing up. I was born in Caledonian Hospital in Brooklyn, NY (1958) and lived on 533 46th Street and then moved to 522 62nd Street, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY in 1959.

I have vivid memories of those days, even though I was six when we went to Jersey. Walking to my grandparent's (Nicolazzo) for lunch, right across the street from Our Lady of Perpetual Help school & church (it is now a Basilica).

I remember helping peel the garlic (and eating it too) for my Grandfather Gallo's restaurant, Luigi's, down by the water front. maybe that is why I love garlic so much!!! I remember the back booth just for us and our cousins ... and Drake's sugar cookies at the counter. I recall the walks in the city, HP's butcher shop where my father worked, complete with sawdust floors.

We left Brooklyn in 1965 and moved to 897 Stafford Drive, Toms River, NJ, where we stayed until 1971, when we moved to the Bridgeport, CT area (Huntington/Shelton). Now, my family (sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins) are scattered up and down the east coast: Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey. My parents retired to Florida. Oddly, I live here in central Illinois.

I have my father, Louis Gallo, to thank for this interest in genealogy. He started preserving information more then three decades ago and has shared it with me.

Enjoy the photo's. If you click on the link below, "My Online Trees", it should take you to the area that has the progressive tree with 5 generations. This is still work in process.

If you visit this site and have any connections to any of the information you find here, please feel free to email me.

The family names used are:

ITALIAN: Gallo (Monteleone de Calabria), Santillo (Napoli, Campania), Nicolazzo (Platania, Costenza, Calabria), Logrippo (Muro Lucano, Potenza, Basilicata)
IRISH: Fallon/Fallen/Fallan & Koyne/Coyne (East Galway, Aughalateeve Parish of Kilbegnet, Ireland)
GERMAN: Protivansky (Czechoslavakia)

Mille Grazie e avere piacevole un giorno.
Thank you very much and have a nice day.

Family Trees (viewing trees requires 4.0 or later browser)
Family Photos
  • Protovansky Family (14 KB)
    This group picture was taken after they came to the United States. In it is Anna & Carl and their children John, Ludmilla, Charles and Anna, all of whom I knew. There was a sister Bedriska and brother, Ludwig (rumours of him in a seminary) that did not come over this country with their parents and siblings.
  • William and Ludmilla Nicholas (Nicolazzo) (19 KB)
    This is the wedding pictures of my maternal grandparents. They were married on July 28, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY. They had only two children, William and Loretta.
  • Antoinetta Santillo (34 KB)
    Antoinetta was born May 21, 1880 and died July 2 1961. They came to Brooklyn NY, USA in 1902, 2nd Avenue & 58th Street. Her parents were Luigi (b. 12/25/1866 d. 12/25/1923), a tailor by trade. Her mother was Louisa Ruggi. We think she died in Napoli. Her father married a second time to Assunta Delgazio (b. 1858- d. 7/31/1931). They are all buried in Linden Hill Cemetry, Brooklyn, NY Queens (line). There are still relatives in Long Island. Antonietta‘s brothers and sisters that we know are Genardo, Isabella, William and we think another sister or brother. Genardo, married Minnie & they had at least two sons, Genardo & Luigi. Isabella married ____ Miele with a son Jimmy. Santillos were cousins to Mussolini family and were from Napoli.
  • Maria Antonia Logrippo Nicolazzo (20 KB)
    This photo is of my maternal grandfather with his mother (my great grandmother), Maria Antonia. She died the year before I was born, but I have many of her traditions and recipes that have been passed down to me. She was born 07/10/1876 in Muro Lucano, Potenza, Basilicata, and they came to the US in the latter part of the 19th century. She married Teodore 07/13/1893 (Norristown, PA). Teodore NICOLAZZO, my great grandfather arrived here in the US @ age 26. He was a laborer born in Platania (Catanzaro)who arrived in New York from Napoli (Naples) 5/14/1888. He came over on the ship Cachar,traveling as steerage. His wedding certificate to Antonia shows they were married as Nicolazzo in Pennsylvannia. The name changed happened after they moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut? This remains a mystery as to why the Nicolazzo family name was altered. It is speculated it was on account of work, although he was a tailor. Could it also be that they didn't live in an Italian neighbourhood after they moved to Bridgeport where all my grandfather's sibling were born and raised? There is no known photograph of Teodoro. He may have had a brother Daniel. They had 10 children: Margaret, Emma, William, Philomena, Luigi, Mary, Josephina, Carmella and Anthony & Geradina (twins)
  • William & Ludmilla Nicholas (Nicolazzo) (17 KB)
    This picture is of my grandparents in the 30's. It was taken in Brooklyn, NY. My grandmother was dubbed the name Mary.
  • Luigi Eduardo Gallo & Margaret Ethel Fallon (25 KB)
    These are my paternal grandparents on their wedding day. They married on November 9, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY. They had three children: Thomas, Louis and Arlene.
  • Pizza anyone?? (25 KB)
    This was me in 1997. Pizza is one of my family's favourites and I have been making it now for about 10 years.
  • Louis Robert and Loretta Ann Gallo (37 KB)
    My parents. This was taken Christmas Eve (2001) whilst making the sauce for the lasagna, a traditional Christmas meal. The aprons were gifts I made for fun several Christmas' ago. They had 3 daughters, Cynthia (me), Theresa and Marie.
  • Bernard and Ellen (Koyne/Coyne) Fallon (22 KB)
    These were my great-grandparents (my paternal grandmother's parents). Ellen was from East Galway, Aughalateeve Parish of Kilbegnet, Ireland and Bernard was born in Freehold, Atlantic Township, New Jersey. They were married September 28,1899 at Sacred Heart Church in New York City. They had six children: Ellen, Elizabeth, Florence, Irene (or Agnes), Bernard and Margaret Ethel.
  • Tomaso Giuseppe Battista Gallo (24 KB)
    Tomaso Gallo was born 3/18/1879 in Monteleone di Calabria. His mother was Carmella Gallo and it is speculated that his father was Michael Giordono. He joined the Italian army where he then went to Napoli. He came to the United States around 1902. He met the Santillo family in NY, as he lived across the street from them. He married Antonietta Santillo in 1903. The Santillo family also had come from Napoli around the same time. Tomaso died on August 1, 1939 in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Anna and Carl Protivansky (15 KB)
    My great-grandparents from the Czechoslavakia. They came to the United States in 1908 or 1909. Anna was born in 1879 and Carl was born 3/4/1869.
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