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From: LEOGRIZZ@aol.com [mailto:LEOGRIZZ@aol.com]

Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2000 12:14 PM

To: ITA-SICILY-L@rootsweb.com

Subject: Re: [{ITA-SICILY-L}] Patterson

Morgan City, La.  There were many Sicilians in this area at the turn of the century.  Many are still here but a lot moved to other states.  The first ones came after the Civil war and easily got jobs because most of the blacks moved north. They eventually returned however.  The Sicilians were mostly farmers and very good ones at that.  Many of the plantation owners paid their passage just to get the farm help they so desperately needed.  A lot of the Sicilians became foremen on the plantations.  The Sicilians were called "tight with their money", they were smart and very soon started their own business. Not tight, Smart! Morgan City has a population of about 16,000 and Patterson about 8,000.  Many Sicilians still live here.  We are in the lower end of the Atchafalaya swamp in the so called Cajun country.  Offshore oil is still big here. The farming is mostly sugar cane now.  If I can be of any help give me a mail. 

Leo Grizzaffi

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-----Original Message-----

From: LEOGRIZZ@aol.com [mailto:LEOGRIZZ@aol.com]

Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2000 9:39 PM

To: ITA-SICILY-L@rootsweb.com

Subject: Re: [{ITA-SICILY-L}] Louisiana- Federico's

Joe....A man from south Louisiana has published a wonderful book called Italian - American Roots. This book contains the civil records of births,marriages and deaths of Alia ,Sicily ranging from 1851---1861. There are many other family names and towns of Sicily listed. There are 2 1/2 pages of Federicos listed and I would assume that your Federico came from Alia.  Many Sicilians who immigrated to south Louisiana were from Alia.  My wife's people,  Russo's were from Alia. My family was from Corleone which is about 50 miles S/W of Alia and the dialect was slightly different, just as it would be between south Louisiana and north Louisiana. Alia is a wonderful little town and I would love to live there.  Many of the people who came to La. were from Alia, Corleone, Cefalu, Giballina, Chiusa Sclafani and who knows where else.  I believe that most were from the small towns and maybe not Palermo.  If someone asked where they were from they may say Palermo because everyone knows Palermo, who knows Alia?  If anyone would like to get the book, you can get it from Hebert Publications....PO Box 147...Rayne, La. 70578 ...Ph-318 873 6574.  The author is Albert J. Robichaux, Jr., he was supposed to publish four volumes in total.... The book also contains some of the ships that brought the immigrants to America.  My Grandfather arrived on the," Trinacria", He had his papers and $10 in his pocket.

Leo Grizzaffi