Friday, May 5, 2017

A New Blog.

I am in the process of removing posts from this blog to a new one which will concentrate on general history of the islands, photographs of the period of island immigration, period maps, antique prints of the islands, etc.
These items which do not have specific connections to the families we are talking about will be found at:

Other family blogs appear at:

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Just a reminder to type in a search
 for what you want to see if you do
 not want to scroll through all of this.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

about your comments.

Thank you so much for commenting on my blogs.  It really does help.  I am afraid that I just do not think to check on the blog comments very often, and if you do not get a response, it is just because I am absent minded!
 I continue to pick up images of the islands and whatever info I can glean from books and the internet.  The images are increasingly difficult for me to purchase, as I am on a fixed income.  However, I get all that I can afford in hopes that someday there will be a museum venue that I can donate them to.  If not on the Eolians(Aeolians) specifically, then at least to a general Italian immigrant museum.
 I would donate all to the museum in Malfa on Salina, but I am afraid that there would be a limited audience.  Again, I call to anyone who is interested to start a group related perhaps to the Filicudi Associates or a similar organization to celebrate the islands' contributions to immigration in the US. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A Genealogy Link of Interest

please go to this link for an interesting article on eolian genealogy in the years following the pirate siege.

Monday, January 25, 2016


As you may know, my house sold for less than the total mortgages, so I realized nothing from it.  As a result, I have taken up residence in Italy, and will be blogging about my life there in the near future.  Stay tuned.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mary (May) Cafarella

Mary A. (Robb) Cafarella
January 11, 2007
Mary A. (Robb) Cafarella passed away on January 11, 2007 at the Concord Health Care Center at the age of 91. Born in Cambridge, Mary had been a life long resident of Medford. She worked for 25 years as an editor at Addison-Wesley Publishing Co in Reading and also served on the Medford School Committee for 12 years. Mary was married to the late Joseph G. Cafarella for 45 years. She is survived by her children, Mary C. LeFave of Maryland, Dr. John H. Cafarella and his wife Lucille of Swampscott and Nancy R. Bailey and her husband Barry of Maynard. Mary was also the cherished grandmother of William LeFave and his wife Ashley, Joseph LeFave, Terry and John Bowers, Dr. Michael Cafarella and his wife Dr. Caroline Barsum, Rachel Cafarella and Miranda Bailey. The Funeral will be held from the A. J. Spadafora Funeral Home, 865 Main Street, Malden on Wednesday January 17th at 9:00 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of the Sacred Hearts, 297 Main Street, Malden at 10:00 am. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours are on Tuesday, January 16th from 4-8 pm. Interment Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody