Monday, December 21, 2009

The Power of the Internet

I've always been interested in my family history. As proof, I've written about it numerous times on my blog. My great-grandfather's name was Pietro Amateis and he came from the Piedmont region of Northern Italy. In the past, I've always thought how great it would be to meet my Italian relatives. And now through the power of the Internet, I'm doing just that - through Facebook.

I started a group for the Amateis family and already I've had a great response. I have relatives from Italy and Argentina (apparently my relatives didn't stay in one spot!) as well as the United States. I'm sure there will be more forthcoming.

Ten years ago, it would have taken lots of digging, lots of letters overseas, and lots and lots of waiting. Now, with the click of a button, I'm finding relatives that I probably never would have known otherwise.

I'm hoping to get lots of genealogical information together and start mapping out the family tree. It will be a difficult, yet fun project. And who knows? It just might turn into a novel someday...


  1. Sounds like great fun. I'm sure it would make a wonderful novel too, there's bound to be so many different stories among all your relatives.

  2. How fantastic! I'm trying to dig into family history, but so many records were destroyed in WWII that I'm having trouble.

  3. That's awesome! I wish I had Italian relatives. Most of mine are from around here. Although I do have some from Scotland and they're pretty rockin' awesome in their way. =]

  4. Melissa, what a fabulous idea!

  5. It's amazing how much information we have at our fingertips!

  6. What a brilliant idea. And what a cracking book it will make - just think of all those stories!

  7. What a great idea! I love reconnecting with far-flung family members. Yay, Internet!

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

  8. Anonymous5:43 AM

    Dear Author !
    Bravo, seems remarkable idea to me is


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