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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. That question was resolved fairly quickly--her parents were second cousins. The other question was how were the Cerinis of Tomales Bay related? That same question put me on a search to tie all the Cerinis of California together and led to my decision to reconstruct the entire parish of Giumaglio. While that two-year effort tied most all together over ten generations, it 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 grandfathers married one our early aunts in 1720.

Other CERINI Families of Giumaglio, 1692Top

December 2014Seven separate Cerini households and eight more with Cerini wives are found in the first surviving parish census of Giumaglio, Ticino canton, Switzerland. As I continue back through baptism, marriage, and death records, the relationships between these families hopefully will become more clear. Some of these will be expanded upon elsewhere as more information becomes available:

Cerini wives included:

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)

Other Cerini Branches

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

DNA Analysis

Matrilineal DNA
As mtDNA is passed from mother to child, the T3 haplogroup traces Aurelia Cerini's maternal lineage, not that of her father's Cerini lineage. Therefore, Aurelia's mtDNA follows the female lineage up through her maternal ancestors, all resulting female descendants down from these maternal ancestors, and stopping at the sons of direct female descendants. This testing hopefully will reveal maternal ancestors of the Cerinis of Ticino Canton in Switzerland and possibly other branches found in California.

Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) testing of Aurelia Cerini's son and grandson reveals a maternal lineage identified by Haplogroup T3. This haplogroup traces back from "Mitochondrial Eve" (mtDNA L) in the Ethiopia-Kenya region some 150,000-170,000 years ago. The line later departed East Africa some 80,000 years ago (mtDNA L3) and spread into Eurasia (Haplogroups N, R, and T) where it typifies paleolithic expansion of hunter-gatherers throughout Europe, the Near East, and even into India. About 10,000 years ago (Haplogroup T) they learned to domesticate plants and began settling, forming the world's first neolithic agriculture-based cultures. Their successful technology spread throughout Europe and the Near East but Haplogroup T is only found in about 20% of this region's populations.

Curiously, Hapologroup T3, one of several isolated subgroups after Haplogroup T began settling down, has been preliminarily associated with concentrations in Germany and the British Isles. This by no means implies Aurelia's mother was from these areas but that she at least shared ancestors with those who settled in these areas in more significant concentrations.