Tombstone Tuesday - Claude and Francis Fanzago

Claude and Francis headstone. May 12, 2009. Livermore, Ca. Digital image. Privately held by Cheryl [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009

A few days ago, when my initial plans fell through, I decided to play around on I chose a few names from my tree that I hadn't done much, if any, research on. I searched to see if I could find where some of these people may be buried. Accidentally, I found the grave of Claude(Claudio)and his wife Francis. I didn't have a clue who these people were, but I instantly did some work to find out. You see, Fanzago is a very familiar name to me. My daughter's ggrandmother, Marie, was born Marie Fanzago.

I found out Claudio was Marie's brother, so he is my daughter's great grand uncle! I haven't researched this line at all yet, so when I found Claude it was a fantastic surprise! I have no idea how many Fanzago's there are, or have been in California, but it is an unusual name, so I hoped there would be a connection, and there was! The thing that surprised me the most though was the fact that he was buried in the town I live in.

Claudio and his sister Marie were both born somewhere in Italy. Marie was about three years older than Claudio. Their father, Carlo, and their mother, Leona also gave birth to Giuseppina. She was about five years younger than Claudio. I need to do more research to find out if there were any more siblings, and to find out where in Italy they stem from.

I am thrilled to have found this grave site and additional information for this line! And just think, it was all accidental!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!


  1. What a beautiful accident! I think this gravemarker is such a pretty one. Do you have a regular membership with or are you using the 14-days free trial? I have the 14-days and I've been excited about the census images.

  2. Hi Judith,

    Thank you! It was a fun accident! I do have a World Deluxe membership to Ancestry. I have had a membership for four or five years now. I have been very happy with it. Now that I am not working though, when my membership comes due, I will either drop it for awhile or go down to the regular membership, I haven't decided. I would like to sign up with a new site, maybe regarding newspapers?

  3. Congrats on your find! It's always great to find the a gift you weren't even looking to get.

  4. Cheryl,

    Great find! Question: was it a grave photo posted on Ancestry? Or a link to another site like Find A Grave?

  5. Hi Deb,

    It was a gift I wasn't looking for! Nice present!

    Hi Kathryn,

    It was through Find a Grave. Found out it was here close to me and went and found it and took my picture!

  6. Kathryn,

    Maybe I should explain better. I started on Ancestry, and pulled some names etc, then went to Find A Grave to see if any were close to me, and found the surprise!

  7. I had a feeling. Find A Grave has become such a great place to find and share information. I've been a member for years.

  8. You are so right Kathryn, Find A Grave is a wonderful site! I am a member also.

  9. Wow! Now how cool is that? Talk about serendipity?!

  10. Hi Craig,

    Isn't that something? ;-) So much fun!


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