I have tried to research as many public records as were available to me in order to retain the current family history of those individuals still living and have attempted to research my ancestors from many sources such as the U.S. Census Records, Birth, Baptism, Death/Burial and Marriage Records. For the most part, most the individuals connected to this family have remained fairly close to their respective cities of birth, i.e. San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. It is note worthy to mention that much of this information has been the result of consultation with my own mother, Rose. She's now 92 yrs. old with incredible memory recall for names, dates and events which have been substantiated by offical documents. For the most part our entire family with the exception of my great-grand parents on both sides of the family and my father and grandfather(on my mother's family side) were born in the Potrero Hill District of San Francisco---my mom, all my aunts and uncles and brother being born in a house my grandfather built on Conneticut St. as my grandfather was a house builder and a member of the Carpenter's Union in San Francisco.
My mom's mother, Nilda Marciano, is the grandmother I know most about as the entire family, except for her husband, Ermo Marciano were all Potereo Hill native born San Franciscans. My grandfather came from Cozi, Province of Genoa, Italy. I could never find any information about Cozi despite the many Google searches I've done. I never knew my grandmother on my father's side of the family as she lived her entire life in a small hillside village outside Brescia, Italy--Levrange alla Vestone. My grandma Nilda was born in the Potereo on Kentucky St.in 1894.(Kentucky St. later had a name change---it's now Third St.). Her maiden name was Reghetto.
While my grandmother was alive the family was of course closer----and smaller. Every major holiday seemed to have evolved around her but all that changed around the time of her death in 1969. To my knowledge there has never been an "official" family reunion and unfortunately, for better or worse, it seems that we've come to that unavoidable period in life when the funeral of a family member now seems to serve as "the family reunion". It's always amazing to see relatives you haven't seen in years and to learn of the latest/new additions to an ever-growing family.
The original family is beginning to give way through passings while the new additions are welcomed in the form of newborns---while not exactly anything foreign to how generations progess; it's certainly a mind-blowing thought that eventually it will be our time to say goodbye to this wonderful world. God only knows what lies beyond, if anything, but I'm not counting on anything but do think how awesome it would be if we do actually meet up with the spirits of our family members and friends who have gone on before us---now that would be some PARTEEE!!!
To date, we've lost my uncle, Elmo Marciano--he was the youngest of my grandmother's children which made it all the more difficult to take. Not long afterwards was the death of my cousin, Michelle Marciano. She was a sweetheart. Another very close cousin to me, Barabra Gerhardt (Lazzarini) passed away in 2003. She had no regrets and said she realized she had a wonderful and blessed life---although none of us want to leave any too soon it certainly makes it easier to accept when your time has come. Our latest family loss was that of my loving aunt, Virginia Lazzarini of Mountain View, CA. She was unfortunate enough to witness the passing of her eldest daughter. She was also my Godmother. Just to say that she'll be sorely missed is very much an understatment. My mom misses her terribly as they would talk to eachother on the phone almost every day. My aunt Virginia and uncle Bob would often come to visit us. My mom always had a way of making my aunt laugh her butt off by recalling, and sometimes imitating, neighborhood fri