Back in the mid-1990ís, I became very involved in researching my Casto ancestors.† I did not even know my grandfatherís full name when I started but I kept writing letters and visiting libraries and started finding other people who were researching Castos, too.† Then I discovered some information that I wanted to share with a lot of people at the same time and decided I needed to start a newsletter.† That was the beginning of CASTO CONNECTIONS!† No sooner had I started the newsletter than one of my subscribers suggested I start a webpage.† That was very early in the modern internet age so I said, ďSure, why not?Ē.† That was over 20 years ago and Iím still at it!†
I do not publish the newsletter anymore due to time constraints but I frequently post on the CASTO CONNECTIONS Facebook page and add any large data that I find to this website.† The old newsletters can be found here on the website along with quite a bit of other information on the Casto family.† This site is not devoted to any one lineóI research ALL Castos in the United States and have had contact with Castos in other parts of the world, as well.
The #1 question I am asked is where do the Castos come from?† Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to that but a lot of researchers are still working on it and with the help of DNA tests, we are getting closer all the time to discovering the answer to that question!† [2020 update!† Weíre Irish!† Thanks to the DNA research conducted by Roy Casto, author of 2 Casto books, we have now connected with Costello cousins who share DNA in Kilkenny, Ireland!]
My own personal belief is that MOST of the Castos in America are descended from William Casto (various spellings) and his wife, Elizabeth Abbott of New Jersey, circa early 1700ís.† If youíre a WV descendent, youíre probably descended from their son, David.† If youíre from other parts of the U.S., you could be descended from their other son, William.
There are over 2,000 pages of information on this site, mostly dealing with WV Castos.† I havenít had the time to put some of my latest research on here but for the past year Iíve been researching Castos from just about every state except WV.† I also have quite a bit on Williamís descendants so if you donít find whomever youíre seeking, just drop me a line.