Where did the Mafia come from?
How has this secret society spread across the United States, and what part have family relationships—wives, in-laws, godfathers, brothers, and cousins—had in shaping Mafia history? Join Justin Cascio, Mafia genealogist, on a journey of history and personal discovery. These are the Mafia stories you won’t see anywhere else.
Areas of focus
Social and kinship networks
Pre-Prohibition origins in the US
Here is the first post on this blog.
Author’s favorite posts
How is the Mafia organized? Mafia is not organized in the way it’s usually pictured.
A stranger in this town A new and deadly disease leads to violent insurrection.
The Macaroni Wars: A four-part series beginning with New Orleans, 1905: Who is Sam Sparo?
How to tell if your ancestors were in the Mafia One of the most popular posts on Mafia Genealogy. The advice for finding family ties to organized crime is based on genealogical principles like FANning out (digging into the lives of Friends, Associates, and Neighbors), documenting sources, and studying local history for context.
About the Author
Justin Cascio has been writing nonfiction for over twenty years. His articles and essays on health, popular culture, food, family, and identity have appeared at The Good Men Project, Trans-Health.com, Livestrong.com, and elsewhere. His original research on the Mafia has been published in Informer Journal, at Gangsters, Inc., and The Mob Museum, as well as here at Mafia Genealogy. He is a proud American of Sicilian descent who has traced his origins in Corleone, Sicily, to the 1600s. Justin has told his story on The Family Histories Podcast, on the podcast Italian Roots and Genealogy, and on the Milwaukee Mafia podcast, and appears with writing credits in a short documentary on the life of Pasqualina Albano—Springfield, Massachusetts’ “Bootleg Queen”—which premiered in the summer of 2022.
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