I'm looking for a ships manifest listing for my grandfather. I was able to locate his Petition for Naturalization which lists his arrival on February 18th, 1905 on the vessel "Piemonte", departing Naples and arriving in NY, NY. The record is handwritten but I was able to verify that a ship by this name was in service and operating that route during this time frame.
My grandfather's name is Lorenzo Gigante. Born in Dec 1883, he would have been 24 years old and his final destination would probably be listed as Philadelphia.
I'm actually hoping the information on the manifest will reveal additional information to help me trace his lineage.
Ellisisland.org was a dead end. Can anyone provide any other ways to trace this info...or provide any suggestions at all?
18 Mar 1906, SS Il Piemonte, Naploui to NY
(left 27 Feb)
name transcribed as Loreto Greante, could be Loreto Gi?ante - 22 yrs old (abt 1884)
- last residence Peschici(?), could be Peschici, province of Foggia, Puglia region - destination Philadelphia
- joining brother-in-law Carlo D'Amato(?)
If this doesn't look correct we can keep looking!
Unless there was a Certificate of Arrival with his naturalization paperwork showing that they had confirmed his ship manifest, it wasn't unusual for the actual date of arrival to be off by a year or so.
Publication Number: M1522
Publication Title: Naturalization Petitions for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1795-1930
Court: US Circuit Court
Immigrant Full Name: Lorenzo Gigante
Document Type: Declaration of Intention
Home Country: Italy
Year Immigrated: 1905
Wow, that was fast. Yes, that's him! Thank you Valerie!!
I was actually hoping there would be a mention of parents or closest living relative as I've seen on other ship's manifests. I haven't been able to find any record of parents or siblings (I think he had a sister but not sure) anywhere. Maybe I should be looking for "Loreto" instead of Lorenzo...he must have had a very difficult to understand accent.
I'm so glad we could find his record
Manifests after about 1907-1908 had two pages and contained a bit more information
It appears that he was probably born in Peschici according to his naturalization paperwork
You could write and request his birth information (there's no charge)
Maybe a possible sister? Line 16
Maria Giganti, 23, M, from Peschici, leaving sister Maria in Peschici, traveling to Baltimore to husband Pasquale Lamorica (sp?)
Traveling with her is a daughter Luigia, age 4.
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0016
Using that information found manifest for Grazia D'Amato (crossed out and Gigante written) and her sons Antonio, 7, and Nicola, 5, traveling from Peschici. She leaves her father Matteo. Going to her husband Lorenzo Gigante.
Since you now know Lorenzo's wife's full name, you can write to the comune for which Valarie gave you the address above, and request their marriage record. On that record will appear the names of parents for both the bride and groom.
Valerie and Tessa...thank you both! It's amazing how quickly you manage to uncover all these details!
The Ellis Island record is interesting. I've never heard of Maria, Luiga or Pasquale but I won't rule out a possible relationship completely. I remember hearing that Lorenzo had a sister but no one ever seemed to know anything about her.
So, if I plan to write a letter to the local official in Italy, would I be able to request multiple records at the same time (i.e. birth, marriage)?
Valerie, thank you! This is a great alternative to waiting for a reply from Italy. I made a note of the microfilms I'll need and there are a few Research Centers nearby so this should be very productive. My only concern is the challenge of sifting through all the original records in Italian...