Even though my Italian grandfather lived with us when I was a child, I never knew the names of his parents. When I started researching family history, I remembered the custom of Italians naming their first son and daughter after the husband's parents, and the second son and daughter after the wife's parents.
Since my mother, Lucia, was the oldest daughter and her brother, Vincent, was the oldest son, I searched for a couple with the names of Vincent and Lucia and lo and behold, I found them! It also worked for some of my other relatives.
Joan Walsh, Baton Rouge, LA
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