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December’s topic is: The Italian Connection
If you’re new to my blog then you’ll want to read the post on how I met my Italian husband. (click here for that post) Ever since my first trip to Paris in 1994, I’ve had this pull or connection to Europe. I don’t know why. Then I came to Italy in 2004 and it was even stronger. Carlo and I moved (back) to his hometown, Torino, in 2009. 9 years later and this connection to Italy is even stronger.
For the last couple of months, I have felt this desire to dig a bit deeper and find out more about my family. My grandmother spent a lot of time working on family history and now my mom and sister are continuing the work. I am grateful to belong to a church that has the largest Family History archives in the world as this had made the search a bit easier.
On a whim, I logged into my FamilySearch.org account and to my surprise, there was A LOT of names already on my mom side. I knew that my maternal side was more European than American and therefore I always thought that’s where I got this love of Europe.
However, as I clicked further back, I saw quite a few names that looked very familiar….
You see that?!? UMBERTO II DE SAVOIE!… I’ve got a Savoy in my family line!! In case you aren’t familiar with the Savoy family, they ruled parts of France and Italy (including Torino!!) and then became the family that would rule a united Italy. Now my line isn’t direct line because it then goes into Portugal but the fact that my 26th great grandfather was a Count of Savoy makes me feel more connected to my adopted country.
After seeing this, I immediately bought a DNA kit from Ancestry.com and my results showed that I am indeed 6% Italian,Greek!
This new information has lit a fire inside and now I’m on a mission to help my husband discover his roots!