Considerations on this genealogy work:
This work began to put together our family tree by gathering information from relatives.
In 1982 my two sons (who were still very young) went to study English in England through one of those “study English in England” type programs, still available these days.
In Bournemouth, where they were taking the course, they met other young people from other countries which were taking the same course. When they finished their studies, some of their closest friends invited them to visit their homes. They phoned me, and I consented. They went to Switzerland, France, and once in Italy I asked them to stop off in Reggio Emilia and look in the hotel phone book for our last name, and if possible to talk to people with the same last name to find out if we were relatives.
They went to Reggio Emilia, the city where my grandfather Domenico was born. There they talked over the phone with Anamaria, whose mother Gianna was Riccardo daughter in law, and then later visited her. At that time Gianna told them that before world war two, a cousin of her father in law who had arrived from Brazil met them. He talked a lot with Riccardo who had recognized him, and they remembered many things from the past.
When my sons returned, they told me all about their encounter, and brought me Annamaria’s address. I wrote to her thanking her for the marvelous welcome she had given my sons, and the kind way they had been treated. In my letter I asked for information to put together our family tree. She answered me on 02/03/1984 happily thanking me for our contact. In her response she told me that she was married and had two daughters; one nineteen, and another small one who was eight. She also said that the next week she was going to call a cousin who had put together a family tree, and would send me all she could find out.
Some time later, she sent me her cousin’s name and address, to whom I wrote. He answered me saying that he was unable to confirm the family relationship that I claimed that we had. He had put the family tree together himself. He said that his mother was the only live daughter of Riccardo. Though she lived in Africa, she would travel to Italy and told him that in 1939 a cousin of Riccardo had visited her in Reggio Emilia. It was the same story that Gianna had told.
This same cousin of Annamaria that also lived in Africa returned to Reggio in 1964 and talked with Riccardo, his grandfather who was still living, asking questions about the family, but the information he got was very little. He said that he feared that his aunt Gianna had gotten the Lusvarghi and Canori families mixed up (the grandparents of cousin Anamaria) in which there were many Garibaldini, some of whom fled to America because they were anarchists (*) and that putting everything together, he could not say much about the Lusvarghi.
He said more: that the surname is limited to Emillia's Region and he and his ascendants were from Rubiera. He also said that his uncle named Giuseppe, a great style name, said the Lusvarghi descended from an italian brand of a hungarian famíly and also said that this surname meant "castle of the strong ones". This cousin of Annamaria affirmed that he didn't get to establish if that corresponds to the truth. The last name certainly is not italian, but from the center of Europe, Hungary or Czhechoslovakia (at that time) and it is also true that the Lusvarghis are nomadic said him.
At my request, he gave me a physical description of the Lusvarghi that he knew – “their height was uncommon, and their eyes protruded somewhat and were blue or green.
He also said that the Lusvarghi were a handsome race, and even when they were not pretty, they had great style, and a natural elegance – what the French call “racé”. He said that his grandfather had accumulated a real fortune in the twenties. They were lords when there were few lords, but he did not know how to solidify and maintain that fortune, “but that is just destiny.” He did not believe that it was a family with much “good fortune”. “Our great pride and our sensitivity always played against us” he affirmed.
I checked the family tree that he sent me – it was a manuscript sketch with many questions about names and dates. I concluded that he really didn’t know much about the Lusvarghi (nor do I).
Having failed to get information through relatives, I decided to look into the Mormon files. In their micro files, they have a huge amount of files about births, marriages and deaths of people in the whole world, and for a reasonable fee, you can examine their files at will. Unfortunately I did not come up with much there either.
In 1987, I contracted the services of a genealogy specialist, Mr. Helio de Sá Lobo, here form São Paulo city, who uncovered what he could and gave me the results a year later. It was better than what I had been able to find, but there was still much lacking.
I continued to pursue the idea. I consulted public registries, clerics and anything that might bring some new information. Nothing. Worse, I found that that people with the same last names in other countries, when sought out by people with the same last names, had a tendency to suspect that these were in search of some possible lost or hidden inheritance. I never had any of that in mind. I was looking for the family history, but had not succeeded. On three occasions I was in Europe and I went to Italy and looked through public registries, Phone books, and other sources, but found almost nothing. After that “discovery” I gave up. I quit everything, and put all my papers in a drawer called “forgotten”.
Much later, with the advance of internet, I began to research again, everything that was possible this way. That is when things began to clear up. I began to find registries and information that were inaccessible previously. I even found software for constructing family trees which I tried out. I was familiar with computers since 1984, but even so I took web design and other courses to prepare myself to pursue my objective that I had set out to fulfill, and I went on perfecting the process. Now and again new information would surface. Several international sites began to appear, make possible new information, and in 2004 I was able to put structurally together our family tree. I contracted a server, and published it on internet.
This is a summarized but accurate report, of all that happened in regards to our family tree. You know what happened after this. It is on the site.
I have told you all this because, at least, I accomplished my objective that I had pursued with so much effort. It is better as you are now up to date on everything. The information that was never available is now here on our website. It was worth it for me, and how I feel successful. I'm 78 now and you may think: “seventy-odd years are not so old”. Maybe that's true, but my grandfather Domenico died at 75 and my dad at 73…
Regrettably, however, my oldest son, Luiz Octavio (and my daughter Sophia, his wife) and my youngest son, Paulo Henrique (alone), are gone before me. Oh Lord, what a tragedy. I loved them so much ... and still love them.
(*) Anarchist = people who take part on anarchism. The Britannica-Webster dictionary defines the word anarchism as, "a political theory that holds all government authority to be unnecessary and undesirable and advocates a society based on voluntary cooperation of individuals and groups." A leading modern dictionary, Webster's Third International Dictionary, defines anarchism briefly as, "a political theory opposed to all forms of government and governmental restraint and advocating voluntary cooperation and free association of individuals and groups in order to satisfy their needs."