I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Erminia Angilletta, also known as “Nuccia,” and her blog, Growing Up in an Italian Family, described as, “. . . Then and Now and Then Again – In search of my Ancestral Roots.”
How Nuccia Got Started in Genealogy
Nuccia, has been doing genealogy daily since November, 2005, “. . . My then seven year old daughter was intrigued by a class assignment some older children were doing on family history and came home asking if we could put together a family tree for her to show her teacher. Since I had always been interested in my roots and had tried a few times unsuccessfully to chart it out I figured it was the push I needed to get started. I became addicted after that.”
Nuccia’s Family and Her Blog
“Well, they think I should be spending more time cleaning the house and cooking and less time ‘fooling around’ (Italian remember and they don’t read English) having said that, my Mom is the one who has provided me with the most information to me about our family and has spent hours going through pictures and documents that I could use. And my father, who has always been a man of few words, is the one who wants to see everything!
I had a cousin I hadn’t talked to in years call me and told me she had been following the blogs and sites since day one and sharing all the information with her mother. She asked if I could forward her copies of some of the information I had so she could create books for her children.”
Nuccia’s Thoughts on Blogging
“I liked the simplicity of it and how easy it was to be able to create thoughts and posts without a whole lot of knowledge about html or code. I just had to find the right template that worked for me and I think I’ve done that. The beauty is that if I get bored I can always change the template.”
Nuccia’s blog title actually came about as her husband’s idea, “. . . He was always teasing me about growing up in a traditional Italian family (he’s part Italian but had more of a North American upbringing).”
Nuccia’s biggest blog concern, “How much information is too much information . . . I am constantly worried about privacy issues so I am very careful about what I say and about who.”
How Nuccia Follows the Rest of Us
Nuccia likes to use both Google Reader and Bloglines to catch up on her blog reading, “I get up early in the morning and read the blogs while I have my morning coffee. That’s my ‘me’ time. I have limited time during the week but I spend my Saturday mornings going through as many as I can.”
Currently, Nuccia does not receive blog updates via her email.
What Nuccia Loves Most About Genealogy
“Everything! My ancestors were not rich or famous but they were my family and I am proud of my heritage. It helps me better understand who I am and where I come from. Being first generation Canadian my parents came to this country in the early sixties and brought many of their traditions with them. As a child I accepted them as normal, as a teen I thought they were strange and as an adult I respect them and hope to at least pass some of them down to my children. My son recently visitedItalyand fell in love – just like I did at his age when I visited. He’s made arrangements to visit again this summer. I hope my other two children will have the same opportunity in a few years.”
Nuccia’s Time Capsule Message
“Times change. People change. But the one thing that will never change is where you come from – it’s what defines the person you are today.”
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Please take a moment to head on over to Nuccia’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Nuccia, it’s great to have you here!
© 2012, copyright Gini Webb
Gini Webb lives in San Diego, California and manages her own blog, Ginisology, while also researching her own German heritage, recently retired, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her now seven grandchildren!
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