About Me

Ciao.  My name is Beth and this is my Italian history:  My great grandfather Andrea Bavetta immigrated to the United States in 1915 from Santa Margherita di Belice in Sicily. His first wife was Liboria Giovenco who died in Santa Margherita in 1908 before the family immigrated to the United States. Their children, all born in Santa Margherita, were Luciano (my grandfather), Giuseppe, Calogero, Caterina, Rosalia and Domenica. Andrea Bavetta remarried after the death of his first wife Liboria to Grazia Puccio and they had a son, Vicenzo.   After the family immigrated to the United States, they had two more children, Grace Helen and Liboria Bertha.  For me, what began as a simple search for ancestors in Italy has turned into a love affair.  This blog is my story.

Beth Beeman lives and writes from the beach city of San Clemente, California. She is interested in food, genealogy, wine and all things Italian.




Review: Sicily, editors of Phaidon Press Limited with narrative text by Pamela Sheldon Johns, Christian Science Monitor, May 2013
Pre-Editing: Figghiu Beddu by Alfred Zappala, March 2013
Photography:  Fugitive Pigments by Ruth Bavetta, June 2013

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