Three months ago, I wrote about “my visit to Montefalcione“, where my great grandfather was born. After writing that post, four people with ties to Montefalcione left comments on my blog. I have also noticed quite a few hits on my Irish, Scottish, English side of the family post and hope one day to find a connection there.
So, today, I decided to write about the town of Lapio where my great-grandmother, Giovanna Romano, was born, with the hope that this post may help me to find connections to Lapio and possible relatives from there. I have not yet visited Lapio but hope to go there someday.
Here is one of the few photos I have found of Lapio:
(link to the source of this photo – Lapio town website – no longer works)
Like Montefalcione, Lapio is also located in the Campania region of Italy. It is 22 kilometers from from Avellino and is very close to Montefalcione. I can’t believe I was so close to Lapio but did not visit!
(I can’t seem to find the source of this map anymore.)
According to the 2008 Lapio website, there were 1,750 inhabitants living in Lapio during the 2001 national census. The inhabitants were distributed in 590 families with an average of 2.97 people per family.
I found this interesting bit of information on the ten most common surnames in town of Lapio.
Key to the chart: The left hand column displays the estimated number of individuals with the given surname displayed in the right hand column. For example, 106.10 estimates there are at least 106 people in the town with that name.
My great-grandmother, Giovanna Romano, was born in Lapio on November 20th, 1878. Her parents’ names were Gennaro Romano and Maria Teresa Zarrella.
*edited in 2022: Besides the names, Romano and Zarrella, I’ve traced back the following direct ancestor names: Caprio, Carbone, Cataldo, Coluccio, Costanza, d’Alelio, Forte, Galante, del Grosso, di Ioanna, Membrino, Mottola, Padrona, Palladino, Perrotta, di Sessa, Statuto, and Vozella.
The popular names above: Lepore, Cristofaro, Pasquale, Melchionno, Trodella & Iovine are all names of spouses – so basically, I’m related to almost every family name in Lapio in some way
Here again are my great-grandfather, Angelo Raffaele and my great-grandmother, Giovanna on their wedding day. They were married at Sacred Heart Church, in Boston’s North End in 1902.
**EDITED April 2018 – I am back into genealogy now that I am retired! Comments continue to be welcomed. Hopefully we can make more connections!
I wrote this post years ago. My intention at the time was just to share a little about my family ties to Lapio. My intention was never to have this post be an active genealogy post, however I was amazed and a little overwhelmed with the number of comments left. I was happy that this post could possibly help others with their genealogy research.