I am trying to trace my Italian ancestors and hope that someone can help me.
Apparently the family name was Genesini, this is the way I find it spelt in English records and later shortened to Genes.
My Great Grandfather is recorded on my Grandfathers marriage certificate as Francesco Genesini. I know that Francesco had five sons – Giuseppe Alfredo (Joseph Alfred) B. 1888 in London, Dominic (Donald) B.1892 in London, Roberto Thomaso (Robert Thomas) B. 1894 in London, Francesco (Frank) B.1896 in London, Luigi (Louis) B.1902 in London because I met most of them in my youth.
Francesco Genesini Senior is recorded as having a father named Dominico and Francesco married Julia Mary Unwin in 1886 in London.
My Grandfather Dominic (Donald) told me that the family came from Castelnuovo Di Garfagnana in Tuscany and when I was 14 years old in 1954 we drove to Italy to visit the village, I have returned many times since and it has now become a city.
I do not know when Francesco came to England but guess sometime in the mid 1800’s and it has been a lifelong ambition to trace our early Italian roots and perhaps contact any of the Genesini family still living in Italy or elsewhere.
Any help will be appreciated