In that way of ancestry research I have just had an email which might prove invaluable or might prove useless. One never knows. When I wrote away for the Ithacan cookbook I was asked by Kristalenia who replied to my query, if I had Ithacan links and so I gave her a brief outline. I have just had an email from the President of the Ithacan Historical Society, Lula Black, who is also a member of the Odysseus Editorial committee which produces a newspaper ( four issues per year) for the Ithacan Philanthropic Society. She has asked if I would like her to publish my appeal in the historical page of the newspaper and yes, I would! The newspaper goes to all who are of Ithacan origin or who have an affinity with Ithaca and may well produce a vital ‘clue’ , or not, as the case may be. But it is certainly worth a try.
Lula said she had sent a copy of my email onto a friend she knows whose mother is a Rossilimos. I pointed out that I am not sure as yet that this was the original surname but given the Ros in Greek on Charlie’s marriage certificate and the surname options available in Ithaca, it is my best guess yet.
His father’s name of Christie recorded on the certificate and the names he gave his children: Constantinus, Vangaleos (or Vangelios), Chrysanthous, Christus, Anastasia and Spiros are the only things which might help to give substance to any links.
I don’t know why it did not occur to me before to place an appeal in Ithacan or Greek newspapers but it is certainly a good idea.
Fingers and toes are crossed. I like to think that Charlie Ross is helping me across time and if there are links to be found they will be found.