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Needing Help Finding Dantonio's

Postby tonij16102 » 04 Apr 2009, 11:52

Once again I'm stumped...I am looking for my grandfather and his family. The last name is Dantonio and no one seems to know exactly where the family is from some think Bugnara and others say Sulmona so I'm not sure. I have checked the manifests for Ellis Island and haven't found them but was told by my uncle that they may have come in through Boston.

What I do know is that when they first came to America they were in New Brighton, Pennsylvania. I'm also not sure if it was only my great-grandfather, my great-grandmother, and my grandfather or if it also included my great-great-grandfather and his wife. I was able to find at my local library the death reports in the paper but no mention where in Italy they were born or came from the same holds true for when grandpa passed away on his Death Certificate all that was on it was the name of his parents.

The names that I know are:

Eugenio Dantonio, his wife Vincenza and my wonderful grandfather Antonio Dantonio who lived out his live New Castle, Pennsylvania. Thanks for all the help that I have received from this wonderful forum and all of the wonderful people so willing to help.

Thanks again,
Toni

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Re: Needing Help Finding Dantonio's

Postby vj » 04 Apr 2009, 12:49

Hello Toni!
To make sure we are looking for the correct folks, is this your grandfather's record?
Thanks! Valarie

1942 WWII Draft Registration Card

edit: added detail
Antonio Dantonio 46
Born 13 Jun 1895 in Villalage Prov Aquila
(may be Villalago, Province: L`Aquila, Abruzzi)
Address 210 E Madison, New Castle, Lawrence, PA
Employed by B&O Railroad in New Castle

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Postby tonij16102 » 04 Apr 2009, 12:53

vj wrote:Hello Toni!
To make sure we are looking for the correct folks, is this your grandfather's record?
Thanks! Valarie

1942 WWII Draft Registration Card


Good Morning and thank-you Valarie....and yes this is my wonderful grandfather.....I had no idea this was also waiting to be found...I'm over-whelmed right now....really I am...ty Toni

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Re: Needing Help Finding Dantonio's

Postby pink67 » 04 Apr 2009, 12:57

Hi Toni and Val,

I believe the correst spelling of the lastname was D'Antonio
Perhaps this is the 1900 arrival for Eugenio?

http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0002

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Re: Needing Help Finding Dantonio's

Postby vj » 04 Apr 2009, 13:03

Hello Laura :D !
Neat find!
Toni, this manifest thru Boston looks like it may be the correct one.
Valarie

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Antonio & mother Vincenza Pasquale?

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Oct 1906, SS Romanic, Naples to Boston
Lines 3-4
Vincenza Pasquale 37 (abt 1869)
- last residence Villalago
- destination Freedom (Beaver County) PA
- joining husband Eugenio D’Antonio at box 258 Freedom PA
- born in Bugnara, L`Aquila
Son Antonio Di Antonio 11 (abt 1895)
- born in Bugnara, L`Aquila

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Postby tonij16102 » 04 Apr 2009, 13:04

pink67 wrote:Hi Toni and Val,

I believe the correst spelling of the lastname was D'Antonio
Perhaps this is the 1900 arrival for Eugenio?

http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0002

Laura :D


Hi Laura Yes this is the way it was when they first came to America in fact my mother's Birth certificate is spelled like this then by the time she went to school it was changed to Dantonio. Why? I'm not sure...but I think this maybe his father as I know they had cousins in Pittsburgh and no living aunts or uncles really knew where grandpa's family came from.

Thank-you, Toni

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Postby tonij16102 » 04 Apr 2009, 13:12

vj wrote:Hello Laura!
possible 1906 manifest
Antonio & mother Vincenza Pasquale?


Hello Val Yes this is my grandmother and his mother and Freedom, Pa is nearby to New Brighton where they lived until my grandfather Antonio and my grandmother Marrietta Lostracco got married and then moved to New Castle, Pa. I have looked for a list with my grandmother and her mother on a ships list and could never find them Marrietta's mothers name was Filomenia Sylvestri or Sylvestr and was Bugnara. Where is this village where it says my grandfathers family was from? Is it in Sulmona?

Thank-you all I am very over-whelmed this morning,
Toni

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Postby pink67 » 04 Apr 2009, 13:12

Brava Valarie!!! :D

You found them!

Toni, they were coming from Villalago (L'Aquila Province - Abruzzo region)

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villalago

it seems is a very little town, only 616 inhabitants today... :D
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villalago

http://www.borghitalia.it/html/borgo_it ... _borgo=185

Laura :D

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Postby tonij16102 » 04 Apr 2009, 13:13

pink67 wrote:Brava Valarie!!! :D

You found them!

Toni, they were coming from Villalago (L'Aquila Province - Abruzzo region)

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villalago

it seems is a very little town, only 616 inhabitants today... :D
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villalago

http://www.borghitalia.it/html/borgo_it ... _borgo=185

Laura :D


Thank-you so very much!!!

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Postby vj » 04 Apr 2009, 13:19

Hello Toni and Laura!
Actually finding your records wasn't too difficult since you provided excellent information and feedback.
Laura is correct :D , they did live in Villalago and your grandfather Antonio stated he was born there on his 1942 card.
The 1906 manifest has Vincenza & Antonio's place of birth as Bugnara...
So a search for records should probably be done for both locations?
Valarie
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An easy way to write for records
Form letter generator, English to Italian:
http://www.circolocalabrese.org/resourc ... civile.asp

Ufficio dello Stato Civile
Comune di Villalago
Via Iafolla Corrado
67030 Villalago (AQ)
Italy
http://www.nonsolocap.it/abruzzo/98-villalago/

Ufficio dello Stato Civile
Comune di Bugnara
Corso Vittorio Emanuele III
67030 Bugnara (AQ)
Italy
http://www.nonsolocap.it/abruzzo/23-bugnara/

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Postby tonij16102 » 04 Apr 2009, 13:25

vj wrote:Hello Toni and Laura!
Actually finding your records wasn't too difficult since you provided excellent information and feedback.
Laura is correct :D , they did live in Villalago and your grandfather Antonio stated he was born there on his 1942 card.
The 1906 manifest has Vincenza & Antonio's place of birth as Bugnara...
So a search for records should probably be done for both locations?
Valarie


I am thinking that Vincenza may have been born in Bugnara but I will check both areas I have some family names for Bugnara with the Lostracco and Pasquale names listed.

Thanks so much everyone this means so much to me.

Toni

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Postby vj » 04 Apr 2009, 13:46

Here’s another record with Villalago as your grandfather’s birth place
1917 WWI Draft Registration Card
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In case you haven’t seen these census records for your g-grandparents.
(Note: in 1920 living near a ‘Pasquale’ family)

possible 1930 census
possible 1920 census
1920 pg 2

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Postby tonij16102 » 04 Apr 2009, 14:17

vj wrote:Here’s another record with Villalago as your grandfather’s birth place
1917 WWI Draft Registration Card
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In case you haven’t seen these census records for your g-grandparents.
(Note: in 1920 living near a ‘Pasquale’ family)

Thank-yOu for all of the information this was my next step.
TONI

possible 1930 census
possible 1920 census
1920 pg 2

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Re: Needing Help Finding Dantonio's

Postby vj » 04 Apr 2009, 15:37

Oh my Toni, I hope I didn't spoil your fun!
Valarie

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Postby tonij16102 » 04 Apr 2009, 16:01

vj wrote:Oh my Toni, I hope I didn't spoil your fun!
Valarie


Hi again Valarie....nope just added to it....you read my mind...

Now what I was going to ask about what about naturalization papers can anyone find these for me please?

Thanks again for everything,
Toni


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