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the lady of the wheel
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foundlings and miners,
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by Angelo f. coniglio:

The Lady of the Wheel
(La Ruotaia)

A story of loss, perseverance, and family strength in Sicily in the late 1800s.



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Angelo F. Coniglio is a first-generation Sicilian-American, youngest of nine children born to parents from Serradifalco (Serradifarcu), Provincia Caltanissetta, Sicilia.  He is a civil engineering graduate of the University of Buffalo and a retired civil engineer and engineering professor. After retiring from practice and teaching, he began researching his ancestry.  That interest led him to volunteer as a librarian at a local Mormon FamilySearch Center, where he managed over five hundred Mormon microfilms of Italian/Sicilian records, on permanent loan to the center. 

In addition to his own and his Sicilian-American wife’s ancestry, which he has traced back eight and ten generations, as far back as the 1600’s, he has helped hundreds of families develop their family trees.   He is skilled at locating and translating civil birth, marriage and death records in original Italian, and church sacramental records in Latin, using several on-line record archives. He has had his DNA tested and is experienced in evaluating DNA results.  He established the Genealogy Station at Buffalo’s Italian Cultural Center, where he and staff offer free genealogy research services. 

He is deeply interested in the phenomenon of sanctioned anonymous abandonment of illegitimate children, and has documented numerous foundlings’ records and created a web page devoted to abandoned children, with numerous case studies

Coniglio has
 written a book inspired by his research; a fictional account of the life of a foundling girl in 1800s Sicily, her 'carusu' (mine-boy) brother, and their struggling parents.  The book, The Lady of the Wheel, may be ordered at  An interview with Coniglio by author Veronica Di Grigoli is on her blog at

     See Coniglio's family website at  For examples of original Sicilian birth, baptism, marriage and death records in Italian and Latin, transcribed and translated, go to and follow the links.  Coniglio lectures on Sicilian/Italian genealogy.  To see a decription of his presentations, click below.

    He also has several
YouTube videos, including: a history of  'Italians and Sicilians in Buffalo'; an interview on Bob Sorrentino's 'Italian Roots and Genealogy'; and a narration of his essay 'My Father's Birth'.

















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