Who do you think you are?

is one of my favorite shows.

And, now, the not rich and not famous version ...

My father has been doing a little research on his father's side of the family.  He sent the following letter to the Fernicola family of Altoona, Pennsylvania.


Dear Fernicola Family, 

I am writing to you to see if you could give me some information about my grandfather and to see if we are related.  I am making the assumption that all of the Fernicolas in the photo from the Buccinese Society are related.  I came upon your names by looking up Fernicolas in the phone book online, Ancestry.com and other internet sites. 

My grandfather, Frank Fernicola, was married to Carmela Sicarrillo Fernicola and was originally from Newark, NJ.  He went to Altoona in the early 1900's to work on the railroad and was one of the founders of the Buccinese Society in 1910.  He had five children, four boys and one girl - Joseph, Anthony, Emile, Patsy (my father) an Gilda, who are all now deceased.  I am planning a trip to Altoona to see if I could find out more about him and his time there.  

I know my father was born in Newark, NJ in 1912 but not sure if my grandfather left Altoona or if my grandmother went back to Newark? Where did he live? Is he buried in Altoona? I understand that many questions after 100 years are lost forever and can't be answered. 

Any help would be appreciated. 

Patrick Fernicola


My father hasn't heard yet from the Fernicola tribe of Altoona but, in the event they happen to be fans of Stop and Blog the Roses (sorry ... is something funny?) and are reading this, allow me to add the following post scripts.


P.P.S. If it turns out we're related, congratulations! The Fernicolas of northern New Jersey are fun and funny and people tell us all the time that they wish they were related to us.  (I swear!)

P.P.P.S. When we make our pilgrimage to Altoona this summer, we will arrive bearing gifts.  Gold, frankincense and myrrh?  Um, no. Prosciutto, provolone and fresh Italian bread.


In the spirit of Roses, today, I am grateful for ~
the power of the internet,
providing many fun-filled hours of research and information on our family history
and providing a  means to track down long lost relatives until they can no longer hide.  Kidding!  Kidding.  Don't be scared.  We're fun.  We're funny.  See P.P.S.
... and P.S. We just want info!


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