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(alt spellings - DiGerolamo & Gerolamo)


Our grandparents, Bastianna “Bess” Roppolo (from Roccamena, Sicily) and Frank DiGerolamo (from Salaparuta, Sicily) immigrated to the US in 1897 and 1892 respectively. They married on Jan 6, 1901 and settled in Plaquemine (Louisiana). In 1910, they purchased 50 acres of land from Dr. Morgan in Baton Rouge where they farmed cotton and ran a small grocery store. The 50 acres (at Perkins Rd and Essen Lane) was sold off to developers in the 80's and is now the site of the Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Hospital.


Frank & Bess D'Gerolamo (with Carl and Tony). All of the 11 D'Gerolamo children were born in the US.


There are likely many other cousins here the states. Bess Roppolo had a sister (Mary) who married Joseph Domino and there has been extensive genealogy charting done for the Domino branch of the family tree (thanks to Tony Domino who was in attendance at our 2012 reunion).

Frank D'Gerolamo (or DiGerolamo) had a brother (2nd from right) who also had 11 children. This brother may have spelled his name DiGirolamo as I have found numerous potential relatives with this last name here in the US.

Frank DiGerolamo also had a sister, Anna DiGerolamo DiPuma, who lived in Baton Rouge. She had several children and died in 1964 at the age of 82. My family was close to the DiPuma's as they lived on Perkins Road across the street from us and Aunt Frances. The DiPuma and Roppolo Family trees should also be considered as part of the DiGerolamo genealogy.

Frank DiGerolamo (photo taken streetside, 1930's)


Census - 1930 (note - Carl and Tony were deleted as they were not living in the family "abode" at that time (click photo for larger view)


Standing (left to right) - Tony, Father, Rose and Carl

Seated (left to right) - Mother (holding Joe), Anna, Frances, Mary, Josie & Jennie


1967 Family Reunion Photo (Baton Rouge)

Standing (left to right) - Tony, John, Josie, Joe and Carl

Seated (left to right) - Rose, Tim, Jennie, Mary and Frances


D'Gerolamo Family members at the St. Joseph Day alter (Joe & Mary's home -1978)


Josie, Frances, Rose and Tim


Tim, Josie and Frances



  • Frank DiGerolamo (1876-1940)
  • Bess Roppolo DiGerolamo (1880-1954)


11 Brothers and Sisters

1. Carl & Mary D'Gerolamo (CA) - Bess, Frank & Nicholas

2. Tony & Lena D'Gerolamo (Baton Rouge, LA) - Bess, Angie Mae, Mary Alice & Frank

3. Rose & Carl Monachello (Rockford, IL) - Cyril

4. Jennie & Nick DiBattista (Chicago, IL) - Nunzio, Pat & Richard

5. Josie & Dominic Alongie (Rockford, IL) - Barbara & Judy

6. Anna & Tony Villani (Rockford, IL) - James (Jimmy)

7. Mary & Rex McIntyre (TX)

8. Joe & Mary D'Gerolamo (Baton Rouge, LA) - Joseph, Richard, Annette, Robert Dale, Marsha, David, and Laura

9. Frances & Buck Spedale (Baton Rouge, IL) - Charles (CL), Carmen, Dolores, Hilda, and Donna

10. Teresa (Tim) & Charlie Maggio (Baton Rouge, IL) - Audrey & Edward

11. John & Joan D'Gerolamo (NJ) - Steve, Diane, Mark and Matthew



23 & Me Paternal Ancestry Overview (D'Gerolamo)


Overview - Haplogroup J originated in the Near East about 20,000 years ago, at a time when much of the northern hemisphere was uninhabitable due to Ice Age climate conditions. The haplogroup is still common today in the region; but some branches have expanded multiple times to other parts of Eurasia and northern Africa.

More recently the expansion of ancient Greece between the 8th and 4th centuries B.C., the Jewish diaspora and the spread of Islam from Arabia to northern Africa and Spain during the 7th and 8th centuries AD have carried haplogroup J2 around the Mediterranean and throughout much of Europe and the Muslim world.

The Jewish Diaspora - Several branches of Haplogroup J2 spread with the Jewish diaspora from the Middle East into Europe, where the population expanded dramatically from the Middle Ages onward. Haplogroup J2 now reaches levels of about 20 percent among the Ashkenazi Jews of central and eastern Europe, and their descendants in other parts of the world.

J2 and the Spread of Agriculture - Our family Haplogroup J2 is especially linked to the spread of agriculture in southern Europe. About 18,000 years ago, J2 arose in the Near East or Anatolia. Just a few thousand years later, early male farmers traversed the Mediterranean Sea, bringing their farming expertise and the J2 haplogroup to Crete, Italy, and Cyprus. But some of these men did not travel as far, instead settling in the Balkan region of present-day Georgia, Greece, and Albania. Today, haplogroup J2a - a branch of J2 - is found in about 11% of Georgians, while J2b2 - another branch - exists in about 15% of Albanians. A specific branch of J2 can also be found in the modern-day descendants of the Phoenicians, a sea-faring civilization that established trade colonies everywhere from Tunisia to Sicily to the Levant about 3,500 years ago.


Reunion Photos-2012

March 23

March 24

March 25



Website by Steve D'Gerolamo