Discover your Sicilian genealogical origins
People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestor. Edmund Burke
Go in search of our roots not only allows us to reconstruct the names and dates of our ancestors, but it is a journey back down to memory lane where the ties with our ancestors are kept. Find places, roads, housing and often also people and relatives linked to the past means to rebuild their identity in a new light. We have not to look at our ancestors only as a part of the gene pool, but also think of those who, with his choices, has influenced our present life, a key element to understand ourselves and live better the present and future. Among the many tourists who land in Sicily, not a few, come to visit the places from which their ancestors started : towns, villages, courtyards and landscape, places that in tales of their grandfather or great-grandfather, had assumed an almost mythical profile, and therefore remain shrouded in mystery and legend. See them physically is, for many, as a renewal of a bond with one’s past, extinction of a debt, a gift offered to their ancestors as well as to themselves. A great emotion is especially when they find long gone relatives, re-engaging so the new branches in the common family strain. Behind all this there is a search done in documents, in the municipal archives, registry offices and old churches records that I carry out with great enthusiasm.
The true birthplace is that wherein for the first time one looks intelligently upon ourself. Marguerite Yourcenar