This page contains the media
files that were
presented at the 2014 reunion. I have converted the
into Windows video files to share on the web. I'll also
to add individual hi-res photos and sound files. If you have
additional video files, I can host them on my server and link to them
here as well! Contact me with any questions at .
Please be patient as these are
rather large files and could take a
couple of minutes to download before they open and start.
start to play automatically on Windows Media Player. If you
viewing the site on an iPhone or iPad, you will need to have an
application installed that will play .wmv files. I recommend
installing Media Player Pro for iPhone and iPad. It is a FREE
has amazing features, including the ability to change the size, speed,
and color aspects of the video as you are watching it!
here for a direct link to download Media Player Pro to your iOS device
now. It should only take a minute or two.
Right click & 'Save As'
to download a copy of any of these media files or just click to open
& GEDCOM Files
For many of the past 50 years, I've been
gathering photos, and first and
second-hand accounts of the stories of
our family. A few of the photos were
handed down from my Great-Grandparents
to my Grandparents in Sicily before they
made the trip to America. The old photos
became worn, torn, and tattered over the
decades but with the miracle of Photoshop,
I've been able to repair many of them to share
with you. I've spent years researching
family history using everything from Italian
and American birth, marriage, and death
records to old phone books. I've interviewed
many surviving descendents by phone
and in person to create an extended family tree
reaching back into the early 19th century.
As the family grows faster and farther apart,
it becomes terribly obvious that this is still
very much a work in progress!!
In 2008, I made the trip to Valledolmo,
Sicily, where Rosario and Maria were
born and raised before coming to
America. You will see the homes
they lived in and the town they called
home back in "The Old Country". In the
early 1970's, I tried to interview Grandma
about Valledolmo and she just kept
repeating "...the poor people" when
remembering how very little they had
and how hard life was where they came from.
Grandpa Rosario had a brother, Luigi
and a sister, Loretta who both also came
to America around the turn of the 19th
century. They also raised their families
in Rochester and were part of the
extended Vallone family. They are all burried
together around the same headstone
at Holy Seplechure Cemetery in Rochester.
Rosario and Maria rasied nine children on
Pennsylvania Ave. There is a slideshow
focusing on each family based on the
photos I have available to me.
The next slideshow focuses on
homestead, where generations of happy
memories were made. I've tried to gather
all of the photos that show the house as
the backdrop for those memories. Do you
have a particularly vivid memory or story
about the house that you can share? Please
share it on our
private Facebook group page!!
The following 8 audio tracks were
recorded by my father, Donald Sr.
at various family gatherings
around the kitchen table
at 270 Pennsylvania Ave with
a reel-to-reel tape recorder (c. 1962).
Grandma Mary Singing
Grandpa Rosario Singing
Grandpa Rosario Singing
Family Singing 1
Ann Marie Cortese
Family Singing 2
Family Singing 3
. Aunt Virginia Singing
If you would like to view or
download the current family tree,
there are multiple formats below
to select. If you have a genealogy
program, you can import the
"GEDCOM" file (an acronym standing
I am currently using
an app called "Heredis" because
it works on both Windows PC and
Apple iOS! If you don't have a
program to view that, you can just
download the "PDF" file. Thanks to all
who made updates to the tree at
the reunion! Please be aware that the
files below may not yet reflect those
changes!! If you have additional
changes, feel free to email me a note to:
Family Tree File:
Joe & Mary Chimera
Pino & Lucy
Mary & Ray Wedding
Clara, Joe, & Mary Ann
Frank & Ange Wedding
Virginia, Donald, Tony
Peggy & Joe
Vallone Picnic, 1995
Lights, Camera, Action!
Here's a sampling from the slide show featuring
highlights of over a half-century of Vallone memories.
Stephen Russell Vallone with his family in 1998
(Stephanie, Andrew, and Russell). Steve currently lives in
BELOW RIGHT: Donald
Joseph Vallone, Jr. with his wife Amy in 1998. Don is living
in Webster, NY.