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About Mezzanares Family Tree
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This is a work in progress I can and often do make typos and mistakes if you see 
something that is not correct, Please let me know. I appriciate any help I can get. 
This website contains only those who have passed away, with the exception of a couple, with their 
permission names only, so I could connect a peticular person to the line. For information about the 
living, you would need to contact me directly.Since there are no live people on 
this site (except for the afore mentioned) I feel it is ok to publish the access code, it 
is "piana" with out the quotes, this I 
believe will make it so you can print out what you want. To help you to locate your peticular 
relative I have put the initials of the parent's given names after the subject's given name..
  When there was time I tried to write a little about the person, if you want to write something 
that you would like me to put by relative's name, or perhaps a photo,or document, please send it to 
me I will be happy to put on the site. Please take a look at the links as well as the photos and 
please feel free to sign the guest book so we see who was here. 
                          MY ARBERESH AND SICILIAN FAMILY
This website is dedicated to the descendants of Tommaso Manzanares and Anna Basile in the hopes 
that we will get to know our ancestors, and appriciate our 
Arberesh/Sicilian history and our culture that we all share and in doing so, get to 
know one another as well...... This is how I began and now things have grown and many 
new and very distant cousins have met each other. The Mezzanares family actually began 
in Spain as MANZANARES, Our Tommaso came to Palermo sometime before 1749 where he was 
Married to Anna Basile, all the Manzanares, Mezzanares, and Mazzanares in Italy are 
descendants from this Tommaso.... All Mezzanares in America are descendant from this 
Tommaso. Our Mezzanares' came to Piana Dei Greci in about 1830  and Married in to the 
Arberesh, some of them came to America, some are still in Piana. Some Manzanares 
remained in Sicily and Sardenga, some Mezzanares still remain in other parts of 
Sicily, Some Mazzanares are in Palermo, Bologna and Beilla, we are all of the same 
The Clementi's are an old family in Piana as are our ancestors on that side, there is 
so much to learn of our Arberesh history and culture. The Arberesh arrived in Piana about 1488 from 

                              MY BRITISH FAMILY

In this process of researching my family, I began to also look at the British side I 
had very little information, but with the help of some wonderful cousins and other 
people I have been able to put together the beginnings of a family tree for my 
Saunders, Giddings, Gould, and Johnson lines. Our end of the family came here  from 
England, first they went to Canada and then some went on to America. There are 
descendants from the Saunders in England, America, Canada, New Zealand and possibly Australia. Our 
Saunders seems to have orriginated from Dinton Buckinghamshire England... There are Giddings 
and Gould descendants in England, Canada and America. Goulds orriginated in Sommerset 
around Shepton Mallet, and We are not sure where the Gidding's are from, we pick up 
Thomas giddings in Bristol, but feel he was born somewhere else. Hopefully these trees 
will grow and we will all know each other too, little by little. Many of the 
Birthdates in England are actually baptism dates, so please be careful quoting them. 

                            My German Family
   Recently I have discovered I have some German roots, although I have no information where in 
Germany they are from, I know they went to Canada, and from there one, my great grandmother Emma 
Amelia Schultz, went to Washington State, I do not know much about her history but I am honored to 
find more of her descendants and we are working on her.   

Jo Saunders

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Getting Around
There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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