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First taste of history
Carl Corry is a journalism instructor at Suffolk County Community College and freelance journalist who has held leading roles at Newsday, News 12 and Long Island Business News.
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First taste of history

It’s been about seven years now that I’ve been researching our family tree (combined, we’re up to 600 people). It’s only been a couple of months since I discovered that the Mormons have made microfilm copies of the birth, baptism, marriage and death certificates of everyone in Sant’Andrea dating back to the early 1800s.

I ordered one roll of film with records dating back to 1865 about three months ago. When it came in recently, I zoomed to the local Family History Center. In less than 15 minutes, after getting to know how exactly the certificates are organized, I hit paydirt. Below are the birth certificates of three of my great grandparents — Bruno Coccari and Elvira Sama — my father’s paternal grandparents, and Antonio Codispoti, his maternal grandfather.

This is only the beginning.

Bruno Coccari, 1898. On the left it notes that he married Elvira Sama on May 31, 1923.

Elvira Sama, 1897. It says her full name in Elvira Savina Marianna Vittoria Italia Sama.

Antonio Codispoti, 1887. Married Maria Concetta Dominijianni on Feb. 1, 1913.

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