It’s that time of week again!
This week I focus on a wonderful place in my life and the life of my wife and her family. Northern Minnesota!
Mining for My Italian-American Wife’s Hometown History
The most significant blessing in my life was when the young woman who was to be my wife of 37 years now said ‘yes’ to my proposal of marriage. During our courtship I learned that she and her family were living in a part of the country that I was not particularly familiar with. OK, wait, I will rephrase that and be more honest about it. While the blessing part is 100% accurate, the fact of the matter is that when I met my future wife I did not know a plug nickel’s worth about her hometown area, which is located on theMesabiIronRangeinNorthern Minnesota. One of my favorite aspects of genealogy is learning the history of the times that goes along with discovering our ancestors and their information.
Learning the essentials from my wife was easy. Her family is 100% Italian on both sides, all four of her grandparents emigrated from central Italy to Northern Minnesota for economic opportunity, I was going to be the first non-Italian to ever join her family (but that’s a whole story for a different time), Northern Minnesota is far more beautiful than I had ever imagined, and the area owes its prosperity, and future, to the iron ore hiding in the soils of the Mesabi Iron Range.
It was several years ago as I was searching deeply into my wife’s Italian ancestry that I was quickly realizing I had a hankering to learn even more about the history, background, and the life and times of the area in Northern Minnesota that her immigrant grandparents chose to call their new home. While I knew a lot from wonderful stories told to me by her grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, and especially her parents, I was looking forward to learning even more.
So click on over and get the whole story here!
And remember if you are interested in Italy Genealogy, check out our Italy Genealogy Resource Page!
Onward To Our Past!