Back in 1998, before I discovered my passion for genealogy, I wanted to build up my family tree as I had always been interested to know where my ancestors came from and the historical facts of their incredible journey to Brazil. That passion led to my Italian Citizenship in 2010.
The Celotto’s journey from 1701 Italy to 1969 to Brazil
After finding the Marriage and Death records of my maternal Great-Grandfather in the Archives of Brazil, I confirmed that he was Italiano and from Treviso. That was the beginning of a long genealogical process of discoveries for the Celotto family.
I was very determined to research my ancestors BMD facts, therefore, I emailed every single Commune in the Province of Treviso requesting the Birth Certificate (Certificato di Nascita) of my Great-Grandfather Domenico Celotto. After eight long months, I was delighted to receive "THE HAPPY NEWS" by mail, that indeed, Domenico was born in Treviso’s Province. I now had discovered the Birth, Marriage and Death records of my direct ancestor, with dates and location also provided. As my research started to build up, I decided to shift gears, and instead of only researching for my Family Tree I also focused in obtaining my Italian Citizenship and Passport via jus sanguinis, or the right-of-blood.
By researching the “Memorial do Imigrante de Sao Paulo” (on-line archives), I was able to find Domenico parents’ names at their arrival in Brazil in 1888. Which was a match to his Marriage records (Santo and Santa Zava), and his brother (Giuseppe). The record also provided me with their ages when registering their arrival at the Port of Santos.
In 1998, no living relatives had ever heard the names Santo and Santa Celotto, so once again, I had to research with very little information based on a photo taken in 1905 that included the entire Celotto Family. Luckily, my Grandfather Orlando Celotto was on it as well at age four. Many hours of research went on again and their Death records were found as 1908 and 1925. Through many hours without sleep and hard work as an amateur researcher, I documented all my findings and carefully added the information to my Family Tree.From this point on, I repeated the same steps to every single family member from my maternal and paternal lines.
As I was no longer living in Brazil by 2010, I applied for my Italian Citizenship with the Italian Consulate of Toronto. If the same process was done in Brazil, it would have taken about 15 years to be finalized. Luckily in Toronto, it only took three months. I’ve never given up my dream and by doing it so diligently, I was able to prove my Italian roots in the town of Mareno di Piave, Province of Treviso, and subsequently achieving Dual Citizenship (Brazilian and Italian).
My own family research was my first exposure into the genealogy industry, and how I fell in love with Genealogy - although looking back, I realize that the work accomplished was at an amateur level. But I was able to achieve the 1 goal I had set out to accomplish, officially becoming an Italian Citizen. Incredible results and a path of self-discoveries regarding my family historical facts are preserved and properly documented thanks to my research. By sharing my passion through Celotto Genealogy Services, we are able to help countless clients from around the world to achieve their own dream, and we are delighted to be part of your journey.