The New Scocchio Family Tree

I’ve renamed this site “The Scocchio Family Tree Blog”, and I’ve started a completely new site called “The Scocchio Family Tree”.  I will continue to use this site to publish information about the family,  post photos, recipes, etc., but I’ve moved the family tree to the new site.  The new site has the complete family tree (all 1829 individuals, and counting).  Right now the new site has all of the information that I have on everyone, but it doesn’t have all of the documents and photos yet.  That will take some time for me to copy everything over.

I dodn’t like the way the software I use on this site handled the family tree.  It is too difficult for me to add new information as I find it.  I’ve been looking for some time now for software I could use to post a family tree on the Internet, and keep it private, without everyone having to sign in to to look at the family tree.  I finally found it.  You can click on the link on the sidebar on the right that says “The Scocchio Family Tree”, or you can click here to go to the new site.  Once there, click on “Register for a User Account”.  This will send me a notification, and I have to approve the new user account.  The only people who will get approval, and access to the site, will be family.  When you click on Register for a User Account”, you will be taken to a form that asks for some information.  The only information that is required to be filled in is a Username, a Password, Your Real Name, and your Email.  The other information is optional.  The only person that will ever see this information is me.

I’m very excited about the new site.  I actually have all of the documents and photos on the new site, I just don’t have them linked to the people in the tree yet.  That will take some time.  I’ll get it done though.

Photos of Aunt Lucy’s 100th Birthday Party

A Photogallery of Lucy Colletti’s 100th Birthday party on April 30th, 2016.

Aunt Lucy's 100th Birthday Party
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Our First Centenarian!

Today, my aunt, Lucy (Scocchio) Colletti, turned 100!  On Saturday, April 28th, we had the rare privilege of being able to gather family and friends to help Aunt Lucy celebrate her 100th birthday.  It was such a wonderful day.  Aunt Lucy had a wonderful time.  I know she enjoyed having her immediate family around her, and she also enjoyed having her extended family and friends attend the party.  This was a special party, not only because Aunt Lucy was turning 100, but also because so many family and friends were able to gather together for a joyous occasion.

I can only speak for myself, but I loved most of all having the family all together.  I was able to talk with relatives I haven’t seen in years, and even meet the new additions to the family.  Aunt Lucy’s granddaughter’s, Jennifer and Julie, and their mom, Fran, did a fantastic job planning this party.  It was perfect.  They didn’t even try and make her blow out 100 candles!

Aunt Lucy Blowing Out Her Birthday Candles

Aunt Lucy Blowing Out Her Birthday Candles

Aunt Lucy had a great time talking with everyone, and watching her great-grandchildren run around and play.  This truly was a celebration of life.

One of the unplanned benefits of the party planning was having all of the out of town attendees stay at the same hotel.  With the exception of the time spent at the party, and time away from the hotel to eat, I spent just about all of my time in the lounge area of the hotel lobby talking with relatives.  It was a great way to get re-connected, and to get to know some of my relative that I barely knew.  Those of you who know me, and know how obsessed I am with the family tree, know how much I enjoy getting to know my relatives.

Aunt Lucy, you are amazing!  I am going to continue to call you when I have questions about the family tree, because I know you will always have the answer.  Your memory is amazing (while we were talking, Barbara asked Aunt Lucy what my birth date was.  Aunt Lucy told her, month, day, and year!)!  I am looking forward to your next birthday party!  I love you!

Updated Tree

The last few months I have made some fantastic discoveries.  It started when I discovered that my Great Grandfather, Giovanni Lucarelli, had a sister, Elisabeth Lucarelli Bellano, and she lived in Philadelphia, PA.  I had always wondered why my Great Grandfather would move from NY to rural Pennsylvania.  Back then an immigrant wouldn’t move to a place unless he/she knew someone there.  Well, it turns out that Elisabeth’s daughter, Giovanni’s niece, Luisa Bellano Vitelli lived in Colebrookdale, PA.  That must have been why Giovanni chose to move his family there.

You may recall from an earlier post, “New Discoveries“, that I was in touch with Nancy Lucarelli Leaming.  When we were talking she was telling me about a family in Colebrookdale that they would visit all the time, the Vitelli’s.  She told me they were cousins, but she didn’t know exactly how they were cousins.  This is how they were related, another mystery solved.

Giovanni’s wife, my Great Grandmother, Philomena D’Angelo, had a sister, Carmela D’Angelo.  She had two children (that I know of), Nicolo and Maria.  I was able to get quite a bit of information about Nicolo’s family, but not very much about Maria, except she married Domenico Greco.  I was also able to get the names of most of their children.  By chance last week I ran across a memorial on that had the obituary of one of the children.  That opened up the flood gates.  Sometimes all it takes is that one small piece of information that can lead you to so much more.  I was able to add approximately 30 people to that branch of the family tree.

I just updated the tree in this blog.  I have a total of 1,581 people in this tree.  Of course the only people who are visible are the ones who are no longer living.  Also, it takes too long to upload photos and documents to this blog.  If anyone is interested in seeing the whole story, with photos and documents, please take a look at the tree on

Emma Marie Carra

Emma Marie Carra

Emma Marie Carra

I am overjoyed to join my nephew Brad, and his wife, Stephanie, in announcing the birth of their beautiful daughter, and the newest addition to The Scocchio Family Tree, Emma Marie Carra!  She was born March 2, 2016 at 1:10 pm, weighing in at 7 lbs, 6 oz, and 21 inches.  Her big brothers, Noah and Ethan, were very excited to meet her! Emma arrived 10 days early, but after trying to keep up with two toddlers in her 9th month of pregnancy, I don’t think Stephanie minded all that much.  I’m sure all that mattered is that she is healthy.  At least Emma waited until March arrived to be born, because we all know the best people are born in March, isn’t that right Jack? 🙂  Congratulations to the Carra family for another addition to their beautiful family.