26 Nov Yes, we’re related to him, too
After Graziela gave us all the time she had available, she brought us up to meet the mayor, Maurizio Lijoi.
At first, I thought we might be connected through Nanny’s paternal grandmother, Maria Vittoria Lijoi, who I learned was born in 1864.
Instead, Maurizio said he thought it was through Nanny’s maternal grandmother, Caterina Armogida.
Dropping whatever he was working on, the mayor led Uncle Al and I back downstairs into the archive room and immediately began rifling through many of the same books we saw earlier, finding a connection, then moving on to another book.
Graziela told us the records dated back to 1865, but the mayor had a secret stash dating back several years earlier. That’s where he found it. As far as I can tell from his handwriting, I think his great grandfather, Francesco Armogida, was Caterina’s brother. That connection dates back to the mid 1800s.