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In Response To: Re: Gradenigo/LaChapelle ()
Thanks for your reply, nice to meet new cousins.
As far as I can tell all the Gradenigos are connected to the same royal family somehow, but the challenge is directly tracing back from Jean or Juan whom emigrated from Venice, back to one or more of the doges in order to prove the connection. I got back to the 1400's via Internet sources which are rather sketchy, but even so the information seems to stop 100 years short of the last Gradenigo doge in 1356. I did find one site that traces Pietro (the first doge) back to 700 or so, but not forward. It doesn't seem that the LA descendants come from Pietro as they had a daughter and thus the name was lost, so it would have had to be from one of the other two. If you encounter anyone who has actually traced this back please advise. I think any further research requires learning Italian:)
Also to correct my previous post, I come from Agatha Amate (also called Aimee in some records) Gradenigo and Cornelius Voorhies (Dutch), not Aimee Gradenigo. I think some of the records confuse the two sisters. I am not mixed race, in case you were wondering. I believe that branch of the family stems from Joseph Gradenigo, Agatha's brother. My descendants eventually merged into the Moss family, of whom there are many in the Lafayette, LA area.
Cheers and Happy Researching.