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Family Tree Adventures part 1

Hello there,

Its been quite an exciting (& very hot) 4-5 days

I finally got round to doing some “Tognoli” digging.

Using the link I had bookmarked about 3-4 months ago Pavia, Lombardy, Italy, Civil Registration Records, 1866-1937 I whittled down to the records I wanted (they’re a browse only set of records)

Province – Pavia
Locality – Villanterio
Record Type – Indice Annuale Nascite

I looked though the images year by year (1867 to 1885), downloading any records with the “Tognoli” name on. Found eight others with the name & who could be siblings to Giuseppe Pietro Tognoli (aka Joseph Peter Tognoli).

Then today with the help of one of my Facebook Genealogy groups, Italian Genealogy I managed to hunt out the Familysearch records I wanted, (even if it did take practically all day) Was really hard, I just couldn’t understand why I managed to find two of the possible siblings for Joseph in one of the record sets but not the other.

Was on the verge of “ripping my hair out” & giving up, but I didn’t, I HAD to find them (determined face), By the time I managed to find them, it was 6:30pm, so was a very successful day.

Here’s Joseph Peter’s (or should say Giuseppe Pietro) birth record

1877 - Giuseppe Pietro (Registro No 42)

(Its in Italian, have asked a facebook buddy in one of my Genealogy groups Guild of One-Name Studies to translate it for me)

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!


A Paternal “brickwall” (Tognoli)

Hello there,

Last week (23rd Feb 2018) I had a descendant of my Tognoli line contact me with little snippet further (but awesome) information so many thanks to him.

So that was really cool, will be following that up & in time hopefully we can help each other discover more regard our Ancestor.

So now I/we have an exact place of birth.

Place of Birth is in fact Villanterio, Pavia, Italy & not Milan like it says in the 1901 census

Birth – Giuseppe Pietro Tognoli (aka Joseph Peter Tognoli)
Birth Index (Pavia, Italy) Joseph P Tognoli

1901 Census – Giuseppe Pietro Tognoli (aka Joseph Peter Tognoli)
1901 England Census (Tognoli)

Pavia, Lombardy, Italy, Civil Registration Records, 1866-1937

This is where my book ‘Family Tree, Italian Guide’ comes in VERY handy

Family Tree, Italian Guide

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

Tognoli Burial place

Hello there,

I now have a burial place (well kind of!)

Record set – England & Scotland, Select Cemetery Registers, 1800-2014

Name: Joseph Peter Tognoli
Death Age: 86
Burial Place: Ealing, Middlesex, England
Cemetery: Abney Park Cemetery and Greenford Park Cemetery
Interment Number: 37797 in 18640 S/13

Anyone out there maybe know how to find out where Joseph is buried?

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

Mystery Monday

Hello there,

For todays Blog Prompt it is ‘Mystery Monday’

Mystery Monday is where you can post about mystery ancestors or mystery records – anything in your genealogy and family history research which is currently unsolved. This is a great way to get your fellow genealogy bloggers to lend their eyes to what you’ve found so far and possibly help solve the mystery.

So on with my ‘Mystery Monday Brickwall’ is on my paternal grandmother’s father Joesph Peter Tognoli, also called Giuseppe Pietro Tognoli.

For quite a while I had thought his parents were a Angelo Tognoli & Katalin Badics..

But now since I finally went ahead and ordered the marriage cert of Giuseppe Pietro Tognoli & Florence Snell, not knowing if it was the right marriage or not. Once I received the cert in the post, I was pleased to find it was the right one.

Joseph Tognoli & Florence Snell - 1909

In looking at Joesph’s father I found that his father was Luigi Tognoli, not Angelo Tognoli & Katalin Badics who were the parents I originally thought.

So quite a frusting puzzle, as well as questions.

– Where do I go from here?
– How do I try to find his parents?
– Do I try to find the witnesses?

Please help! (but bear in mind not everyone can get to archives etc)

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

Surname Saturday

Hello there,

For todays ‘Blog Prompt’ we’ll be looking at the Surname Snell , in particular, my paternal 2nd Great Grandfather. Quite a tangled web he is, but also rather an interesting person. This is a little snippet from Anna Dumitriu who is a Henry’s Gt. Granddaughter.

Henry James Snell 1842-1927. A renowned stained glass and ceramic painter (with studios in London and Brighton), a playwright and a songwriter (and father of seventeen children by three different women). Five of his books of plays, poems and enamel painting techniques can be found in the British Library rare books collection and he was known to have painted over three thousand stained glass windows.  Here’s a link to Anna’s Blog

Well was trying to write a little bit about Henry James Snell, but found it harder then it looked, so here you go, a screen shot of his profile within my tree on Ancestry.

Henry James Snell

Snell Name Meaning This interesting and unusual surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is derived from a nickname for a brisk or active person, from the Middle English (1200 – 1500) “Snell”, quick, lively, in part representing a survival of the Olde English pre 7th Century personal name “Snell”, similar to the Old Norse “Snjallr”. Surname Database


That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!


Edit 21 Dec 2014

Anna Dumitriu is my 2nd cousin 1x removed.

Also I’ve only realised I hadn’t included my link to Henry James Snell

– Henry James Snell & Sarah Ann Harwood, their daughter was Florence Snell
– Florence married Joesph Peter Tognoli, who had Savina Evelyn Tognoli.
– Savina Evelyn Tognoli is my paternal grandmother

Oh, regarding Sarah Ann Harwood & Henry James Snell, the marriage has not been proven as yet, there may not have even been a marriage. But I have found the marriage for Sarah Jessie.

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