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Pietrofitta Search

Postby Sampet » 21 Sep 2008, 22:56

Hello. I am just starting a search for my family with the surname Pietrofitta. It is spelled variously as Pietrafitta, Petrafetta, Pietrafitto. I have a copy of my grandfather's naturalization certificate where his name is spelled Salvatore Pietrofitto and is dated March 31, 1944. His age at that time was 63. I believe his birthdate was Jan 3, 1881. According to the last living relative he was from Barcellona Pozzo Di Gotto Messina, Sicily, Italy.

I have searched with the present spelling with no results. There is a town named Pietrafitta in the Cosenza area of Calabria but this seems to be a dead end.

Unfortunately I believe he immigrated through the Port of Philadelphia and not Ellis Island where the records seem to be more easily available. I understand that he took at least one visit back to Italy probably between 1910 and 1925.

Some time back I was in contact with a Pietrafitta family in Southern New Jersey but we couldn't find any common roots. There are also some Pietrafitta's in the Boston, MA area. Any ideas for a search would be appreciated. I believe he definitely came from the Messina area.

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Sam (Salvatore) Pietrofitta

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Re: Pietrofitta Search

Postby PeterTimber » 21 Sep 2008, 23:20

Go to www.worldvitalrecords.com and just insert his name andnothing else and you will see that you have the correct spelling and his year of birth. Then go to your nearest Mormonchurch family history library (www.familysearch.or for location) and rent out microfilm of civil records for Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, (ME) Sicilyfor about 5 dolllars and this covers all births, marriages and deaths from 1810 to 1910. =Peter=

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Re: Pietrofitta Search

Postby PeterTimber » 21 Sep 2008, 23:41

Go to the www.worldvitalrecords.com and click below the social security findins where it says "with soundex on the surname" and then click Ellisisland and then locate Salvatore Pietrofitta arriving at NYC on the SS Gallia out of Napoli on April21,1905 at age 24 (making his birth year 1881). He is from Calatabiano (prov. Catania) postale 95011. It is very close. =Peter=

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Re: Pietrofitta Search

Postby PeterTimber » 22 Sep 2008, 00:05

The surname is spelled Petrafitta but it is still close. =Peter=

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Re: Pietrofitta Search

Postby wldspirit » 22 Sep 2008, 06:20

Possibility:

New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957

Name: Salvatore Pietrafitts
Arrival Date: 29 Mar 1927
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1881
Age: 46
Gender: Male
Port of Departure: Naples, Italy
Ethnicity/Race­/Nationality: Italian (South) (Italian)
Ship Name: Conte Rosso
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Nativity: Italy
Line: 4
Microfilm Serial: T715
Microfilm Roll: T715_4026
Birth Location: Italy
Birth Location Other: calatabiano
Page Number: 60

Other details:
Name is actually SALVATORE PIETRAFITTA on the manifest itself,
he is married, occupation is farmhand,
immigration/visa number is: 206734
issued at Washington, DC in October of 1926.
Last permanent residence is Glayboro, NJ.
Name and address from whence alien came:
Mother, Angela/ Calatabiano
final destination is Glayboro, NJ
residence 110 High Street
In US before, 1905(could be 1906) thru 1926
and has scar on forehead.

This also corresponds to the prior manifest Peter posted......

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Re: Pietrofitta Search

Postby wldspirit » 22 Sep 2008, 06:47

From the SSDI:

Social Security Death Index
about Salvatore Pietrofitta
Name: Salvatore Pietrofitta
SSN: 157-03-6248
Last Residence: 08028 Glassboro, Gloucester, New Jersey, United States of America
Born: 3 Jan 1881
Died: Apr 1969
State (Year) SSN issued: New Jersey (Before 1951


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Re: Pietrofitta Search

Postby pink67 » 22 Sep 2008, 06:47

And maybe this can be his first arrival in 1905?

New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
about Salvatore Petrafitta
Name: Salvatore Petrafitta
Arrival Date: 21 Apr 1905
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1881
Age: 24
Gender: Male
Port of Departure: Naples, Italy
Ethnicity/Race­/Nationality: Italian
Ship Name: Gallia
Search Ship Database: View the Gallia in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Line: 13
Microfilm Serial: T715
Microfilm Roll: T715_562
Page Number: 16

From Calatabiano to Philadelphia...

[img=http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/1452/petrafitta1905arrivalvn0.th.jpg][img=http://img206.imageshack.us/images/thpix.gif]

Laura :)

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Re: Pietrofitta Search

Postby wldspirit » 22 Sep 2008, 06:50

Hi Pink..... :D

Can you look at the manifest I posted? I have a problem with my eyes,
I cannot make out the number.....1905 or 1906..... :oops:

Also, there is some writing, but it is very light.....

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Re: Pietrofitta Search

Postby pink67 » 22 Sep 2008, 06:56

Hi Wldspirit... :D

...what are you doing awake at this time???? for me it's 8.55 in the morning but for you?? :wink:

I read 1905/1926...

Ciao!! :D

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Postby wldspirit » 22 Sep 2008, 07:01

It is 2 am.......but I am a night owl.......not a morning person!! :lol:

Thank you for looking...then my eyes did decieve me, I really thought it looked like a 1906..... :?

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Re: Pietrofitta Search

Postby pink67 » 22 Sep 2008, 07:07

:lol: :lol: :lol:

I think it is a "5" with a bracket tiped on....

Laura :D


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