"Researching the Bertagnolli Family"
by: Stan and Jalyn Bertagnolli
My Grandfather was Adolpho Francesco Bertagnolli. He was born in Tret, Trentino, Italy in 1886, the son of Francisco and Barbara Maninfior. He was raised in Italy and received his education there. He learned the shoemakeing trade, while his father was a Mason. He came to the United States at the age of 23.
We do not know much of his life in Italy. We knew the names of his grandparnets but had no other leads to the rest of the family. We tried for ten years to figure out how to get more Italian information, but had very little luck. We contacted many other Bertagnolli families that had also been searching.
Then, just this last summer, August 1998, we meet with a distant Bertagnolli cousin. She told us about a film at a Family History Center. She knew the film was there, but had a very hard time reading it because of poor eye-sight. We went to the Center in our hometown and they ordered the film for us. It was a real treasure of a find.
They had photograghed the records of Tret, the little town our family came from. We found our Grandfather and his parents and grandparents and uncles and aunts and cousins. We were so happy! After all these years, there they were. Our goal now is to share it with any and all that may be looking for Bertagnolli families.
I highly recommend that you look up the nearest Family History Center and see what they have to offer. They are very helpful and charge very little to borrow a film. While prices may vary, we payed only $3.25 for the film and .50 for a "handy dandy" little genealogical word list in Italian. It was a great help in translating the records.
Here are some helpful hints (we learned by trail and error) in reading the records.
We hope you have much success!!