This is a homepage for anyone interested in the
Since registering the domain "galgano.com", I regularly get
email from various Galgano's. I guess everybody types their name into the
browser at least once! As I've monopolized the domain for our family's name, I'll provide a place for all
Galgano's. I hope this turns out to be a nice place, and a
resource for all Galgano's.
Since first posting this site in August of 1999, I've learned
quite a lot about my heritage, and many Galgano's from around the world have
contacted me. Here's the story, as told in an email to Marlene Dunham, founder
of the Calitrani
Connections, Mario Toglia, who researches immigration records of Calitrani
immigrants to the USA and has posted them on his They
Came By Ship site, and Jason Gervase, founder of the Calitri-L
mailing list, (now hosted on Yahoo
Groups) and keeper of the flame. Jason is quite a remarkable man. He
has documented the genealogy of more than 20,000 descendants of the village of
I have had very little family history. My fathers family was not close, and
I only have occasional contact with a few first cousins. My grandmother grew
up in an orphanage, and there is no 'keeper' of our ancestry. Out of
curiosity, I've searched the net for Galgano's from time to time, and in fact,
it was Mario's
passenger list that came up, a couple of years ago, the first time that I
saw the Calitri
pages. I looked for likely ancestral candidates, but didn't find my great
grandfather, Salvador. I looked at all of your site, and thought, "how
nice, what these people are doing," although I thought that it was
unlikely that there would be a direct connection between my family and
Calitri--there must be hundreds of Galgano immigrants from dozens of little
towns, what are the odds?
I put up the Galgano site around this time, thinking of the Calitri site,
and the idea of a place where "Galgano's" can meet would be nice.
Six months ago or so, I revisited Mario's list, to check again, and saw
that more new Galgano's were on the list, and Piermont, my father's hometown,
came up a couple of times. I decided to join Calitri-l,
and sent a note to Jason. His response was remarkable. Within a day, he linked
my great-grandfather to Calitri, and sent me 8 generations of family history.
Boom. It's like the story: Yesterday, I couldn't spell Calitri, now I am one!
I'm very pleased. Overnight, I went from having very little heritage, to
having a great group of cousins, and a home town in Italy. It doesn't get
better than this...
This is what the internet is all about. This nice story is a direct result
of your site, Marlene and Mario. It works. Thanks so much. I've wanted to
write up this story nicely, to thank you, and post it on our sites, but the
time...I'm too rushed to be eloquent at the moment. Anyway, you have my
heart-felt thanks for your great work.
This has been a very heartwarming experience for me. And
it's not a unique story--Marlene had much the same experience when she
contacted Jason a few years back, and I know many others have as
SO, if your name is Galgano, I encourage you to
subscribe to the Calitri-L list. Jason will receive the subscription
request. Include some information about your ancestors, and ask Jason if
he might have a link to your ancestors. I suspect that if your name is
Galgano, and your family immigrated to the NY metro area, particularly
Rockland County, White Plains, Hartford, CT, Brooklyn, or Montclair NJ,
it's quite likely you are of Calitrani descent. You'll may meet near and
distant cousins, uncles, aunts, and friends. I have.
Updated, January, 2001-- What little I know about Galgano
Genealogy and the Galgano Surname
Although there appears to be no direct connection between
Saint Galgano and the Galgano surname, I've become fascinated with the history
of Saint Galgano
This is a postcard of the ruins of Abizia di St. Galgano, in Sienna,
near Florence, Italy.
Updated, January, 2001--What Little I know about San
Here's a link to all the
photos I have of San Galgano
Here we can put links to other "Galgano-related" sites. There
are a million sites related to genealogy, so this list will just concentrate on directly
related sites, and really good starting points for genealogy.
Galgano Related Sites:
This is the CalitriConnections group at Yahoo Groups. The mailing list that keeps Calitrani's talking.
Hosted by the remarkable Jason Gervase, who has documented the genealogy of
more than 20,000 descendants of the village of Calitri. If your name is
Galgano, it might be worth sending Jason an email. There's a reasonable
chance you can make a connection to your ancestry. It worked for me!
- Archives of The
Calitri-L Mailing List. The original mailing list, now inactive.
Connections www.calitri.org Descendants of the area of Calitri have developed a great amount of info,
and have organized it really well. Lot's of Galgano's are from this region, not far from
- TheyCameByShip Passenger lists
of Calitrani immigrants. Has a number of Galgano's listed. Maybe one is an ancestor of
More and more passenger manifests are making their way onto the internet.
Send me links if you find more...
Italian Genealogy Sites
General Genealogy Sites:
Please email me with any ideas for the site: peter at galgano dot com