Tutto Franchini – Our Italian Family History Blog


Welcome to my history blog – Tutto Franchini! – which is dedicated to my husband’s  lineage and to everything that concerns the Franchini surname and Franchinis in history. My husband Guglielmo (Bill) Franchini and our children are believed to descend from the Lucca  branch of Franchinis, and have ties to Bologna and Modena. You will see three types of information on Tutto Franchini: 1.  The genealogy and family history of Our Franchini family 2. Extracts from Canadian records that pertain to Franchinis 3. Franchinis  around the world and throughout history. Evelyn Yvonne Theriault (Montreal, Quebec)

Nous parlons francais 🙂    Parliamo l’italiano 🙂

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Family Summary (Last Updated December 29th, 2014)

Giovanni Franchini and Rosa Soldani had two children:

Antonio Giacomo Maria Luigi Franchini who was born in about 1845.

Francesco Alberto Giuseppe Franchini who was born on Feb 11th, 1848.

Antonio Giacomo Maria Luigi Franchini married Palmira Tagliazuccchi (daughter of Fortunato Tagliazucchi and Marianna Ciacci) on October 16th, 1886 in Modena. The couple had three children:

Vittorio Amleto Fernando Franchini who was born on April 18th, 1886 in Modena. Continue reading

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Giovanni Francesco Fortunato Franchini | June 7th, 1888 | Birth Certificate from Modena State Archives

Giovanni Franchini birth certificate atto di nascita

Milleottocento ottantotto (1888) Padre di Antonio Franchini e nonno di:

Guglielmo Franchini, S.B., N. B. et R. F..


Archivio di Stato Modena – Stato Civile Italiano Nati 1888
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L’Anno milleottocentottantotto addì sette di Luglio nella Casa Comunale
Io sottoscritto Maletti Dottor Giuseppe Segretario delegato con atto del sindaco in data tre Novembre milleottocentottanta due debitamente approvato ufficiale dello Stato Civile del Comune di Modena avendo ricevuto dall’Ufficiale dello Stato Civile del Comune di Bologna, copia autentica dell’atto di nascita di FRANCHINI GIOVANNI, ho per intiero ed Continue reading

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Bill Makes A Breakthrough!

This just in – Bill just found several birth records which have helped filled in some details about his great-grandfather’s family.

The records [Italia, Modena, Stato Civile (Archivio di Stato), 1806-1942] are the birth registrations of Bill’s grandfather and his grandfather’s brother and sister. Apart from the birth dates he was able to determine his great-grandmother’s maiden name, as well as the middle names of her children. Continue reading

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Family Recipe Friday | Spaghetti alle vongole in bianco (baby clams) – Bill Franchini

Note from Evelyn – Bill’s kids have been asking him for his recipes for ages, and now he’s finally decided to “open the vault”

Spaghetti alle vongole in bianco

This is the most misunderstoood dish outside of Italy. I have seen just about everything . . . . . served with cream topped with abundant portions of parmigiano and green onions, and a whole assortment of spices and herbs ….. AWFUL!!! This is what happens when bricklayers decide to open restaurants! Italian cuisine is simple, easy and generally inexpensive but it requires fresh ingredients and very few spices. Here is a dish that takes less than 20 minutes to prepare.


1. Spaghetti, abt. 100 gms per person unless you are like me and use 150 gms. I use Barilla #7 spaghetti because they are a little thicker and do not overcook. Continue reading

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Canadian Franchinis Here And There | Copper Cliffs, Ontario

Bocce Bonspiel A Great Success is an article from the company magazine  Inco Triangle (September, 1954) describing a tournament in which a certain Guido Franchini took part.

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