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ITALIANS IN CHICAGO – ORAL HISTORY PROJECT 1979-1981

 

This is a list of the people who gave interviews for the Italians in Chicago Project of 1979-1981.  The Italians in Chicago Project was a two-year program based at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, History Department, and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The project's purpose was to document the Italian American experience in Chicago.  Men and women from three generations were interviewed regarding such topics as work, leisure, neighborhoods, family life, religion, interethnic events, and other special events. The cassette tapes and transcripts of these interviews are located at the Florence Rosselli Library at the Italian Cultural Center in Stone Park, IL.  A few cassettes and transcripts are missing from the library and have been marked as such below.

 

This list was compiled by Daniel E. Niemiec in November 2005 (revised 2013) as an aid to genealogists who may be related to these families, or whose families came from these towns in Italy.  Even though your family may not have been interviewed, you may find a family in this list whose experience was very similar to yours.  Maybe they left the same town in Italy for the same reason, or maybe they lived in the same Chicago neighborhood.

 

The towns listed below are not necessarily the town of birth of the person listed – it may be their parents’ birthplace.  If the same name is listed twice, then the parents came from two different towns.  Some of the data is incomplete due to gaps in the source material.  I have supplemented the information from the original transcripts with dates of death from the Social Security Death Index, though some could not be found, and further on-line lookups on the towns, provinces and regions that were inconclusive in the original interviews.  Birthdates have been removed for people who are reasonably assumed to be living. 

 

Surname

First Name

Born

Died

Chicago Neighborhood

Town (family comes from)

Province

Region

Maiden

Father

Mother

Mom’s Maiden

Interviewed

 Tape No.

Accettura

Nick

11/15/1897

4/1/1985

Franklin Park

Ceglie del Campo

Bari

Puglia

Filippo

Isabella

7/16/1979

13

Amella

Joseph

12/23/1903

9/1/1985

Bridgeport

San Biagio Platani

Agrigento

Sicilia

2/8/1980

71

Argenzio

Mary

12/22/1893

7/26/1986

Grand Ave.

Lucania

Potenza

Basilicata

Porto

Joe

Teresa

Ullini

7/2/1980

89

Arrow

Rita

7/20/1923

10/24/1998

Near West Side

Buia Budoia

Udine

Friuli-Venezia-Giulia

Mattioni

Peter

Alfreda

Alcrecni

3/31/1980

45

Augustine

Sr. Mary

LIVING

24th & Oakley

Termini Imerese

Palermo

Sicilia

Cutrara

Salvatore

Augusta

Palumbo

8/7/1980

108

Augustine

Rosalie

LIVING

Melrose Park

Ricigliano

Salerno

Campania

Tortorello

Victor

Pasqualina

Cantore

8/5/1980

101

Avignone

Mario

9/9/1918

12/29/2011

Roseland

Albiano D'Ivrea

Torino

Piemonte

Joseph

Maria

Rolla

7/12/1979

7

Bacci

Gloria

12/26/1922

2/1/1986

West Side

Fano

Pesaro

Marche

Talevi

Archimede

Guerina

Bozzi

4/9/1980

72

Baio

Sam

LIVING

Bridgeport

Aragona

Agrigento

Sicilia

Antonio

Francesca

Cuchura

5/31/1980

81

Baldacci

Eddie

6/29/1925

10/4/1996

Oakley

Marginone

Lucca

Toscana

Cesar

Dina

Poggietti

5/29/1980

73

Baldacci

Eddie

6/29/1925

10/4/1996

Oakley

Chiesina Uzzanese

Pistoia

Toscana

Cesar

Dina

Poggietti

5/29/1980

73

Baldi

Mary

1/6/1898

5/14/1992

Highwood

Pratiglione

Torino

Piemonte

Massato

John

Vittoria

Compaso

8/7/1980

102

Bertacchi

Aldo

6/11/1916

5/7/2003

La Grange

Seravezza

Lucca

Toscana

Armando

Elettra

Salvatori

4/15/1980

51

Bertucci

Frank

9/13/1921

7/1/1980

Bridgeport

Simbario

Catanzaro

Calabria

Antonio

Antoinette

Console

3/3/1980

38

Bonavolonta

Mildred

7/16/1899

6/1/1993

Melrose Park

Trivigno

Potenza

Basilicata

Laraia

Dominic

Maey

Cafro

7/21/1980

93

Bruno

Mario

5/21/1904

12/9/1996

Chicago Heights

TRANSCRIPT IS MISSING FROM ICC LIBRARY

39

Cali

Vito

LIVING

Near North

Ciminna

Palermo

Sicilia

Filippo

Vita

4/22/1980

58

Caminetti

Anthony

TRANSCRIPT IS MISSING FROM ICC LIBRARY

7/18/1979

10

Carsello

Jean

3/3/1899

9/30/1994

Grand Ave.

San Vincenzo Volturno

Campobasso

Molise

Di Christofano

Joseph

Celeste

Giannini

2/3/1980

35

Casorio

Carmine "Tony"

7/5/1894

9/15/1991

Highwood

Acerra

Napoli

Campania

Jimmy

Mary

Lugira

7/21/1980

95

Cassai

Judith

9/9/1907

4/24/1989

Highwood

San Venanzio

Modena

Emilia-Romagna

Mordini

Henry

Bridget

Galassi

6/30/1980

109

Cassano

Anthony

8/4/1896

7/18/1992

Burnside

San Lucido

Cosenza

Calabria

Anthony

3/22/1980

43

Catrambone

Frank

4/26/1894

4/4/1981

Grand & Western

Gasperina

Catanzaro

Calabria

Domenico

Marianna

Paone

12/1/1979

18

Cesario

Joseph

LIVING

Melrose Park

Eugene

Domenica

12/18/1979

19

Chidichimo

Agnes

LIVING

Bridgeport

Termini Imerese

Palermo

Sicilia

Quattrocchi

Joseph

Anna

Guinta

5/7/1980

64

Clementi

Rose

6/5/1909

2/5/2002

Chinatown

Solopaca

Benevento

Campania

Colangelo

Giovanni

Maria

Guerrera

4/7/1980

47

Colella

Leonard

3/21/1933

4/28/2006

Westside

Bari

Puglia

Michele

Antoinette

Elia

7/2/1980

112

Corradetti

Frank

4/10/1915

9/2/1993

Chicago Heights

Monteprandone

Ascoli Piceno

Marche

Giacinto

Matilda

Corscenze

5/13/1980

65

Corradetti

Frank

4/10/1915

9/2/1993

Chicago Heights

San Benedetto

Giacinto

Matilda

Corscenze

5/13/1980

65

Cosentino

Salvatore

3/4/1896

2/1/1990

Near West Side

Calabria

Giuseppe

Cecilia

7/13/1979

2

Dal Cason

Nina

9/8/1913

11/6/2001

Roseland

Arsiero

Vicenza

Veneto

Giovanni

Gemma

12/3/1979

16

Dalle Molle

Ernest

7/27/1911

10/3/1989

Roseland

Lugo Di Vicenza

Vicenza

Veneto

Giovanni

Angelina

Bertasso

4/30/1980

61

D'Angelo

Rose

3/27/1900

Unk

Near West Side

Acerra

Napoli

Campania

D'Antonio

Domenico

Giustina

7/16/1979

6

De Facci

Robert

3/26/1902

11/17/1994

Roseland

Toetta?

Vicenza

Veneto

Filippo

Angela

Magnabosco

3/10/1980

40

De Falco

Teresa

3/30/1905

Unk

Near West Side

Amaseno

Frosinone

Lazio

Como

Michael

Quintilina

Lolli

4/28/1980

60

De Figlio

Jennie

11/27/1900

Unk

Near West Side

Acate  (TAPE IS MISSING FROM ICC LIBRARY)

Ragusa

Sicilia

Di Falco

Emmanuel

Salvatrice

Barbera

11/28/1979

17

De Liberto

Frank

7/18/1910

9/4/1998

Near West Side

Castellamare del Golfo

Trapani

Sicilia

Mateo

Joanna

Guardia

4/17/1980

55

De Marco

Antoinette

11/18/1906

11/24/2001

Roseland

Asiago

Vicenza

Veneto

Rigoni

Leonardo

Domenica

Bonoma

3/7/1980

36

De Stefano

Marco

7/19/1896

11/8/1988

Grand Ave.

Brindisi di Montagna

Potenza

Basilicata

1/4/1980

107

Di Benedetto

Anna

LIVING

Belmont/Cragin

Castel San Vincenzo

Campobasso

Molise

Martino

Adolfo

Maria

11/4/1980

111

Di Cicco

Anthony

LIVING

Belmont/Cragin

Costanza Di Vincenzo?

Isernia

Molise

Giovanni

Caterina

Dallo

8/9/1980

105

Di Mucci

Domenick

1/4/1891

4/1/1985

Morgan & Grand

Sarconi

Potenza

Basilicata

Michele

Irene

7/14/1979

11

Di Tusa

Antonio

7/1/1902

11/16/1990

Grand Ave.

Casteldaccia

Palermo

Sicilia

1/1/1988

no tape

Dini

Umberto

2/12/1891

9/2/1987

Near West Side

Casoli

Lucca

Toscana

Giovanni

Urselia

Burelli

7/11/1979

12

Domke

Rena

8/13/1915

2/18/2003

Near North

Sinigaglia

Ancona

Marche

Massaccesi

Giovanni

Maria

Girolimetti

4/28/1980

87

Domm

Carmen

LIVING

Highwood

Bari

Puglia

Leopardi

Tony

Jennie

Pentasuglia

7/18/1980

97

Esposito

Louis

9/16/1905

3/26/2005

Near West Side

Scisciano

Napoli

Campania

Ralph

Maria

Lombard

4/8/1980

48

Fantozzi

Alfred

5/13/1898

3/1/1981

24th & Oakley

Borgo A Buggiano

Pistoia

Toscana

Richard

Victoria

Taddei

5/27/1980

74

Fantozzi

Alfred

5/13/1898

3/1/1981

24th & Oakley

Torricchio?

Pistoia

Toscana

Richard

Victoria

Taddei

5/27/1980

74

Faustini

Antonio

6/6/1899

7/22/2003

Austin

Domenico

Guglielma

2/11/1980

27

Fiori

Charles

LIVING

Highwood

Bari

Puglia

Charles

Josephine

Tagliani

8/10/1980

104

Fiori

Charles

LIVING

Highwood

Modena

Emilia-Romagna

Charles

Josephine

Tagliani

8/10/1980

104

Fumarolo

Donald

LIVING

Near West Side

Puglia

Arthur

Diane

Marzano

5/15/1980

69

Fumarolo

Donald

LIVING

Near West Side

Ricigliano

Salerno

Campania

Arthur

Diane

Marzano

5/15/1980

69

Gentile

Joseph

1/20/1899

Unk

24th & Oakley

Lucca

Toscana

Triano

Gilzamina

Venelli

6/2/1980

77

Giannetti

Theresa

11/4/1917

8/15/2011

Chicago Heights

Amaseno

Frosinone

Lazio

Cimaroli

Achille

Angela

Tomassi

4/16/1980

54

Giuliano

Leonard

10/14/1914

7/20/1989

Grand Ave.

Modugno

Bari

Puglia

Vito

Caterina

Miro

1/2/1980

31

Giuseffi

James

4/16/1926

8/1/2004

Near West Side

Bella

Potenza

Basilicata

Pasquale

Caterina

Infelise

12/17/1979

28

Giustino

Vic

LIVING

Grand Ave.

Mola di Bari

Bari

Puglia

Joseph

Rose

Reczek

1/5/1980

24

Greco

Dante

8/12/1929

6/1/1997

Highland Park

Cosenza

Calabria

Anthony

Rosina

4/25/1980

66

Interlandi

Marietta

9/9/1898

1/1/1989

Near West Side

Acate

Ragusa

Sicilia

Maganuco

Philip

Carmela

10/17/1979

15

Kowalski

Olivia

5/24/1914

11/1/1987

Chicago Heights

Montalto Marche

Ascoli Piceno

Marche

Massacci

Vincent

Guiditta

Anabile

2/19/1980

32

Kowalski

Olivia

5/24/1914

11/1/1987

Chicago Heights

San Benedetto

Massacci

Vincent

Guiditta

Anabile

2/19/1980

32

Lagattuta

Sarah

4/26/1898

5/1/1984

Near North

Mezzoiuso

Palermo

Sicilia

Mateo

Maria

Durso

1/5/1981

14

Lazzaretti

Valentino

2/2/1909

4/15/1999

South Lawndale

Salcedo

Vicenza

Veneto

Giovanni Battista

Maddalena

Marzano

7/12/1979

5

Leonardi

Emilia

4/25/1904

3/13/1988

Near West Side

Monte dei Bianchi?

Alex

Stella

Giorgi

1/24/1980

25

Leone

Alphonse

1/3/1913

1/14/1994

Chicago Heights

Castel de San?zo

Pasquale

Marianna

2/29/1980

34

Licata

Grace

8/22/1906

12/15/1995

Westside

Campobello di Licata

Agrigento

Sicilia

Pantaleo

Giuseppe

Anna

Stallone

12/1/1979

23

Lizzo

Carmela

5/18/1895

9/1/1980

Chinatown

Nicosia

Enna

Sicilia

Vanaria

Salvatore

Maria

La Perto

12/12/1979

22

Logiudici

Joseph

10/11/1913

1/12/1988

Near North

Sicilia

Cipriano

Marie

7/21/1980

94

Lucchesi

Minnie

LIVING

24th & Oakley

Massa Macinaia

Lucca

Toscana

Alessio

Rosa

Parducci

7/19/1979

8

Mancini

Domenico

LIVING

Belmont/Cragin

Pizzone

Caserta

Molise

Angelo

Ersilia

Di Virgilio

9/25/1980

110

Manella

Mary

LIVING

Bridgeport

San Vito Sullo Jonio

Catanzaro

Calabria

Joseph

Maria

Heinen

4/14/1980

50

Mariani

Frank

Westside

TRANSCRIPT IS MISSING FROM ICC LIBRARY

20

Marro

Fr. Nicholas

LIVING

Melrose Park

Napoli

Campania

Nicholas

Catherine

Schiano

2/17/1981

114

Marsik

Adelia

7/12/1911

8/10/1988

Westside

TRANSCRIPT IS MISSING FROM ICC LIBRARY

52

Martorano

Joachim

Near North

TRANSCRIPT IS MISSING FROM ICC LIBRARY

90

Mazzei

Philomena

5/15/1898

11/1/1981

Westside

Cosenza

Calabria

Costabile

Gaspare

Angelina

4/22/1981

1

Mirabella

Rosamond

8/24/1886

1/16/1985

24th & Oakley

Anzo?

Libonati

Ernesto

Fiora

Pelletieri

5/23/1980

68

Mirabella

Rosamond

8/24/1886

1/16/1985

24th & Oakley

Laurenzana

Potenza

Basilicata

Libonati

Ernesto

Fiora

Pelletieri

5/23/1980

68

Morandin

Marina "Rena"

5/9/1910

7/31/2002

Roseland

Vicenza

Veneto

Ronzani

Massimo

Lena

Apoloni

7/22/1980

96

Morandin

Marina "Rena"

5/9/1910

7/31/2002

Roseland

Verona

Veneto

Ronzani

Massimo

Lena

Apoloni

7/22/1980

96

Moreschi

Americo

5/5/1896

11/1/1986

Near West Side

TRANSCRIPT IS MISSING FROM ICC LIBRARY

3

Mugnaini

Umberto

9/22/1899

4/14/1986

Chicago/Pulaski

Sao Paolo

Brasile

Ottaviano

Carmellina

Baccelli

7/10/1979

4

Muzzacavallo

Constance

LIVING

Roseland

Cesuna (TAPE IS MISSING FROM ICC LIBRARY)

Vicenza

Veneto

Spiller

Giacomo

Emma

Magnabosco

6/12/1980

99

Muzzarelli

Joe

7/26/1884

7/1/1985

Highwood

Fanano

Modena

Emilia-Romagna

4/23/1980

9

Neri

James

8/5/1904

1/2/1988

Belmont/Cragin

Carmen

Susie

Walana

9/7/1980

106

Occhipinti

Salvatore

LIVING

Near North

Vincent

Giacoma

4/10/1980

49

Ori

Sante "Sam"

10/24/1933

5/29/1996

Highwood

Sant'anna Pelago

Modena

Emilia-Romagna

Adolfo

Annalita

12/8/1979

56

Ori

Sante "Sam"

10/24/1933

5/29/1996

Highwood

Bondeno

Ferrara

Emilia-Romagna

Adolfo

Annalita

12/8/1979

56

Pandolfi

Dominic

1/18/1908

2/18/1988

Chicago Heights

San Benedetto del Tronto

Ascoli Piceno

Marche

Vittorio

2/20/1980

29

Pane

Angelo

5/4/1921

8/1/1986

Palermo

Sicilia

Panebianco

Santo

Nancy

7/30/1980

98

Pane

Angelo

5/4/1921

8/1/1986

Messina

Sicilia

Panebianco

Santo

Nancy

7/30/1980

98

Panico

Louis

6/2/1899

7/1986

Near West Side

Acerra

Napoli

Campania

Francesco

Maria Angela

3/25/1980

42

Parise

Florence

11/19/1906

12/17/1990

Roseland

Tresche Conca

Vicenza

Veneto

Panozzo

Matthew

Beatrice

6/20/1980

83

Passarella

Daniel

1/6/1925

12/12/1988

Melrose Park

Daniel

Florence

Paternost?

8/11/1980

103

Patti

Angelo

8/15/1912

1/1/1985

Grand Ave.

Montemaggiore Belsito

Palermo

Sicilia

Liborio

Francesca

Traficani

7/14/1980

92

Penio

Paul

1/9/1916

1/12/2011

Near North

Vicari

Palermo

Sicilia

Pasquale

Petrina

6/30/1980

82

Perpoli

Thomas

6/13/1910

3/1/1982

Near West Side

Fornaci di Barga

Lucca

Toscana

Leopold

Isola

Manni

6/26/1980

85

Petri

Silvio

10/15/1915

9/28/1995

24th & Oakley

Ponte Buggianese

Pistoia

Toscana

Silvio

Italia

6/8/1981

70

Provenzano

Joseph

3/2/1909

10/5/1998

Near West Side

Santa Caterina Villarmosa

Caltanisetta

Sicilia

Giuseppe

Giovannina

Stel?

3/17/1980

75

Pulcini

Carlo Mario

3/19/1911

2/1/1982

Chicago Heights

La Spezia

Liguria

Giuseppe

Matilda

Merlini

3/13/1980

41

Raffaelli

Philip

1/28/1910

10/18/1990

Near North

Collodi

Pistoia

Toscana

Pasquale

Fanni

6/23/1980

84

Rago

Susan

LIVING

Belmont/Cragin

Diana

Leo

Angela

11/8/1980

113

Raia

Louis

LIVING

Near North

Aragona

Agrigento

Sicilia

Louis

Louise

Seminerio

2/1/1981

57

Rosa

Joe

LIVING

Melrose Park

Termini Imerese

Palermo

Sicilia

Salvatore Peter

Vincenza

Di Francesca

8/9/1980

100

Roselli

Florence

12/27/1916

11/23/1996

Terra Cotta

Lucca

Toscana

Bartolomeo

Anthony

Dusolina

Gemignani

12/1/1980

44

Roth

Lois

LIVING

Chicago Heights

Irene

Cameli

4/1/1980

46

Sabella

Margaret

7/24/1919

11/29/1991

Bridgeport

Agrigento

Sicilia

Joseph

Angeline

Tarallo

3/29/1980

53

Scarpelli

Amelia

4/30/1926

12/1/1983

Grand Ave.

Laurenzana

Potenza

Basilicata

Petrone

John Jerry

Emmanuela

Leone

7/2/1980

91

Scarpelli

Amelia

4/30/1926

12/1/1983

Grand Ave.

Trivigno

Potenza

Basilicata

Petrone

John Jerry

Emmanuela

Leone

7/2/1980

91

Schnaufer

Nella

LIVING

Melrose Park

Pirano di Biue?

Istria?

Morgan?

Giuseppe

Lucia

5/12/1981

67

Spallitta

Lawrence

8/17/1913

12/10/1999

Lake View

Mezzoiuso

Palermo

Sicilia

Vincenzo

Francesca

12/30/1979

21

Spallitta

Lawrence

8/17/1913

12/10/1999

Lake View

Cefalu Diana

Palermo

Sicilia

Vincenzo

Francesca

12/30/1979

21

Sparvieri

Pasqua

5/17/1902

12/17/2001

Chicago Heights

Monteprandone

Ascoli Piceno

Marche

Narci

Domenico

Teresa

Sciavi

2/28/1980

33

Tarabori

Lina

11/29/1907

7/2/1989

24th & Oakley

Pescia?

Albert

Maria

Pasquinelli

6/5/1980

78

Tellerino

Rose

8/19/1899

8/13/1999

Bridgeport

Tavema Calanera?

Calabria

2/12/1980

26

Terracina

Marisa

9/22/1919

4/9/2008

Highwood

Roma

Lazio

Monsagrati

Alessandro

Lina

Moscardi

5/25/1980

76

Terracina

Marisa

9/22/1919

4/9/2008

Highwood

Firenza

Toscana

Monsagrati

Alessandro

Lina

Moscardi

5/25/1980

76

Teruty

Elena

4/24/1924

3/16/2010

Melrose Park

Napoli

Campania

Barbatelli

Eduardo

Adele

Mistico

7/19/1979

9

Tieri

Nick

12/25/1899

5/1/1981

Chicago Heights

Bologna

Emilia-Romagna

Camillo

Christina

Zugena

2/21/1980

30

Tieri

Nick

12/25/1899

5/1/1981

Chicago Heights

Castel Di Sangro

L'Aquila

Abruzzo

Camillo

Christina

Zugena

2/21/1980

30

Tonietto

Angeline

5/12/1914

4/13/2012

Grand Ave.

Belvedere

Vicenza

Veneto

Riccardo

Margherita

Boniman?

7/1/1980

88

Ungari

Joe

1/22/1911

6/19/2002

Belmont/Cragin

Petrona

Catanzaro

Calabria

Joseph

Michelina

3/8/1980

86

Valente

Caterina

LIVING

Bridgeport

Simbario

Catanzaro

Calabria

Bertucci

Bruno

Santa

Feliuzzi

5/6/1980

63

Valiani

Maria

9/27/1902

1/1/1983

24th & Oakley

Pedona

Lucca

Toscana

Ricci

Angelo

Angela

Resaglini

6/10/1980

80

Yelmini

Amedeo

10/5/1903

10/1/1998

Chicago/Western

Sesona?

Milano

Lombardia

Vincent

Maria

5/4/1980

62

Zaranti

Nick

9/30/1914

12/1/1983

Chicago Heights

Caccamo  (TAPE IS MISSING FROM ICC LIBRARY)

Palermo

Sicilia

Santo

Mary

Castelluzzo

3/5/1980

37

Zoppetti

Carmella

3/3/1908

12/1/1990

Roseland

Alessandria del Carretto

Cosenza

Calabria

Rago

Jim

Mariangela

Maro?

6/9/1980

79

Zoppetti

Carmella

3/3/1908

12/1/1990

Roseland

Castelvenese?

Rago

Jim

Mariangela

Maro?

6/9/1980

79

 

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