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CERINI Family History, Introduction

July 2015
Thanks to research from and collaboration with Dan Malugani, Jim Pandiani, Jill (Marci) Sybalsky, Dell Swearingen, and others who contributed to our family history.


This work on the Cerini families of Giumaglio began with two questions. Hearing that the parents of our immigrant grandmother Aurelia (Cerini) Malugani9 were both Cerinis, I wanted to know how they might be related. The other question was how were the Cerinis of Tomales Bay related? From the start, I knew the search for these answers would be full of twists and turns and that pretty much everyone in the little town of Giumaglio would be related to each other, so I decided that in order to tie all the Cerinis of California together I would have to reconstruct the entire parish of Giumaglio.

Once started, and working backward, solving the first question came fairly quickly--Aurelia's parents were second cousins. Two years of work tied most all the other Cerini families together over ten generations, but ultimately did not answer how our Cerini branch and the Tomales branch connected through their direct paternal lines. The closest I found was that one their early Cerini grandfathers married one our early Cerini aunts in 1720 and they any connection those two might have was more than four generations further back.

Early Cerini Families of Giumaglio

The first parish census of 1692 presented seven separate Cerini households and eight more with Cerini wives. The heads of these households are subgrouped here by census page references and then in birth order for comparison. Others who died before 1692 have also been added for comparison, but lack page references:

X./2C. Giovanni Cerini (Sr.) (1618-1619) 26 Mar 1696 (70)
 X2./2C Giovanni Cerini (Jr.) (1649-1650) (1703-1706) (50s)
4C. Giovanni "Muscini" Cerini (1645) 30 Aug 1719 (67)
4E. Guglielma (Cerini) Pedrotti (1664-1665) --  -- 

A. Pietro Cerini --  (< 1671) -- 
 A2./13A. Giovanni Cerini (~1634) (1709-1717) (70s)
 (A2X)/5C. Pietro Cerini (1663-1664) (> 1695) (> 31)

1. Antonio Cerini (I)1 --  (< 1692) -- 
 11./8E. Giovanni Antonio Cerini (II)2 (1639-1640) 5 Oct 1698 (60)
  111./16C. Giovanna (Cerini) Pozzi (1662) 2 Mar 1700 (38)
  112./16B. Maria (Cerini) Pozzi (1663) 8 Mar 1704 (40)

8F-9A. Maria (Cerini) Sartori (1644-1645) 18 Apr 1695 (50)

(1.)  Antonio Cerini --  (< 1692) -- 
 1A./10B. Giovanni Cerini --  (1682-1692) -- 
 1B./10C. Giovanni Giacomo Cerini (1632-1633) 8 Jan 1693 (60)
 113./10D. Domenica (Cerini) Giumini (1664-1665) 18 Oct 1700 (35)

July 2015

Cerini wives included:

Other Cerini Branches in America

Marin/Sonoma Coast

Cerini families from Ticino are found along the coast of Marin and Sonoma counties from Point Reyes Station and Tomales to Sea View/Salt Point. Although not treated here, noted familes and individuals include:

Santa Rosa

San Joaquin Valley

Township 13 and 15

Township 13 and 15 may indicate the area northwest of Laton (Township 13) midway between Laton and Caruthers (Township 17): Between 1910-1920, Township 15 was formed of parts of Township 6 (Coalinga) and Township 13 (Laton); in 1920, Township 17 (Caruthers) was formed of parts of Township 3 (southern Fresno) and Township 15. About midway between Caruthers and Laton lies Cerini Avenue, perhaps this is the area that the John Cerini family is enumerated in as Township 13 in 1910 and Township 15 in 1920 and 1930. Cerini Avenue falls under the Laton post office. John's son, John Jr., revealed that he was born in the Elkhorn area and lived in Riverdale Township about 1917.

Our uncle Dan Cerini also lived in the area of Caruthers, which suggests likely familial ties between our Cerini line and that of John Cerini's.


Giumaglio, Ticino