Like many other Italian-American families living in North-Central West Virginia, mine emigrated from the Calabrian town of San Giovanni in Fiore. Fortunately, very strong ties exist between the regions. In fact, upon the observance of the 100th anniversary of the Monongah mine disaster, officials from San Giovanni in Fiore traveled to America to participate in the various ceremonies. I stumbled across this site,created by a native of San Giovanni named Francesco Saverio Alessio. Well worth visiting if one would like to learn a little more about this rugged mountain town that was the source of so many Italian immigrants. Plus, there's some lovely poetry about San Giovanni written by another native, Rina Ferrarelli. You can also visit this site for a more traditional informational site.