Genealogy

2012 November 20

Mancini-Sforzini

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The SS La Savoie

Much like the Anayas and Ponces, the Mancinis (and Sforzinis) left their European homeland in the early 20th century for the chance to share America’s prosperity. My great-grandmother Eugenia “Jenny” Mancini (later Sforzini, then Stefani) arrived at Ellis Island on April 15, 1911, aboard the SS La Savoie. She accompanied her father Leone and brother Ugo, who later founded Mancini Motors in Mountain View, CA.

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1901 December 13

Rosario Di Giorgio’s Discharge Papers

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Typically, the eldest son was exempt from military duty and the second oldest was expected to serve. Rosario's elder brother Joseph was already running the family fruit business in the U.S., so Rosario enlisted in his stead.

After earning a medal in the “African Campaign,” Rosario Di Giorgio was honorably discharged in 1897.

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1901 December 13

U.S. Census with Henry, Christina, and Emma Gran

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1880 U.S. Census record listing Henry, Christina, and Emma Gran

In the 1880 U.S. Census, Henry (as well as his wife, Christina, and daughter Emma) is still listed as Gran (I don't know when he changed the surname to Grant). You can see them in lines 38–40 of the Ramsey, MN, tally below. (Also listed on line 41 at the same address is “brother-in-law” C.E. Kilberg, but it is unclear whether he is really related.) Henry Grant is Elliot's great-great-grandfather.

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1907 April 26

S.S. Heliopolis Manifest: Spain to Hawaii

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Page from the April 26, 1907, passenger manifest of the S.S. Heliopolis

When the sugar cane and fruit companies needed laborers to work their plantations in Hawaii, they turned to indentured servitude. In return for 3 years' work on the plantation, a company would pay for the laborer's transportation to Hawaii and provide housing. My great-great-uncle, Francisco Peres Salado, arrived in just that manner. You can see him on line 3 of the S.S. Heliopolis manifesto, along with his nieces Rafaela and Amalia Anaya (later Ponce) on lines 1–2.

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1931 June 18

Evelyn Di Giorgio’s Junior High Graduation Program

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1931 Junior High Graduation Program of Evelyn Di Giorgio

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1944 January 9

Correspondence of Joseph Di Giorgio and Maj. Arthur Puccinelli

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1944 Correspondence of Joseph Di Giorgio and Maj. Puccinelli

1944 Correspondence of Joseph Di Giorgio and Maj. Puccinelli

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Maj. Puccinelli first wrote to Joseph Di Giorgio about conditions in his home town of Cefalù, Sicily, in December 1943.

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1946 March 11

Time Magazine Article About Joseph Di Giorgio

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1946 August 1

Fortune magazine article on Joseph Di Giorgio

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1946 <cite>Fortune</cite> magazine article on Joseph Di Giorgio

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1946 <cite>Fortune</cite> magazine article on Joseph Di Giorgio

1946 <cite>Fortune</cite> magazine article on Joseph Di Giorgio

1946 <cite>Fortune</cite> magazine article on Joseph Di Giorgio

1946 <cite>Fortune</cite> magazine article on Joseph Di Giorgio

1946 <cite>Fortune</cite> magazine article on Joseph Di Giorgio

1946 <cite>Fortune</cite> magazine article on Joseph Di Giorgio

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1959 April 17

The Di Giorgio Story

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The Di Giorgio Story

The Di Giorgio Story

The Di Giorgio Story

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16-page promotional booklet produced in 1959 reporting on the history and current operation of the Di Giorgio Fruit Corporation.

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1966 May 7

Report from Chris Hartmire on DiGiorgio Corp–NFWA Negotiations

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Written to help local pastors respond to a letter from Di Giorgio Corporation about the Delano strike.

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1975 November 19

Helen Serda Remembers Di Giorgio Corp. and Cesar Chavez

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1983 June 1

The Di Giorgios: From Fruit Merchants to Corporate Innovators

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The Di Giorgios: From Fruit Merchants to Corporate Innovators

The Di Giorgios: From Fruit Merchants to Corporate Innovators

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2004 October 25

Digitizing Photos

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Picture of Aidan playing soccer that is used as an example throughout this discussion

I thought I’d share the results of my quest for perfection in the transfer process. As always, I spend many hours upfront in the hopes of establishing a process that won’t have me wasting many days down the road. It’s taken a lot of trial and error, but I think I have that process now. If you’re about to start, maybe this will save you some time and agony.

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2015 July 28

Di Giorgio Family Tree Handout

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[Access restricted to family members!] 21-page PDF with descendant charts for Vincenzo Di Giorgio, Salvatore Di Giorgio, Vincent Di Giorgio, Annetta Di Giorgio, Rosario Di Giorgio, Salvatore Joseph Di Giorgio, and Marietta Di Giorgio. Last used at the 2015 Di Giorgio Reunion in Napa, CA.

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