view of Salandra, Matera, Basilicata, Italy by Antonio DiPersia

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Giuseppe's Family Photo

We will end our overview of the Ambruso ancestors of Philadelphia with this wonderful photo of Giuseppe Ambruso and his family (ca. 1911).  The photo was provided by Rob Bradley, a family genealogist and husband of Vito's granddaughter.  In the back row are the two oldest sons, Michael (b. 1891) and Eugenio (b. 1892).  I'm not sure which one is which.  Across the front, from left to right are: Mary (b. 1895), Assunta (b. 1904), mother Maria, little Vito (b. 1907), father Giuseppe, Frank C. (b.1900), and Adeline (b. 1897).  Certainly a grand family.  These people lived their lives as proud Americans with strong Italian roots and traditions.  Giuseppe and Maria dreamed of a better life in America for their family.  Today, their grand children and great grandchildren are living out their dreams and keeping the traditions alive.  Evviva per le famiglie!


  1. Wow - what an awesome photo! Love it! -Maria

  2. Oh, and my guess is that the oldest son is the one standing closest to dad with hand on his shoulder (and second oldest with hand on mom)...wouldn't that kind of make sense? Also, I love that you have this pic of "little Vito" and the previous post is him "all grown up" on his wedding day! -M.