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Postby patriziaantonietta » 07 Mar 2012, 10:22

Hello,
i am trying to find out about my Grandmother's brother who emigrated from Italy to New York after 1919 (I have got a photograph of him as soldier in Italy at that time).
His name was Vincenzo VECCHIO and was born in Bisceglie (Bari), probably in 1897. I think to have found out his registration form at his arrival in NY in November 20, 1920, when he was 23 yrs old, unmarried (Ellis Island Data Base). I know that he married later and had at least 7 children (6 female and 1 male, as per an old family picture; I know just 3 names of them: Carmela, Maria and Marino). Probably he died in 1983.

How can I find out more informatio about him and his family in the USA?
Thank you in advance for your help and kind regards.

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Re: researching relatives

Postby Tessa78 » 07 Mar 2012, 17:43

Hello Patrizia :-)

Here is a possible 1930 Census for Vincenzo and his family...
Wife is Filomena, and children include Carmela and Marino :-)
Date of immigration for Vincent/Vincenzo is listed as 1920
He is employed as an Iceman, and the family lives at 71 E. 115th St. in New York City.

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1930 United States Federal Census

Name: Vincent Vecchio
[Varand Vecchio]
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1898
Birthplace: Italy
Race: White
Home in 1930: Manhattan, New York, New York
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Marital Status: Married
Immigration Year: 1920
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Felomena Vecchio
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Birthplace: Italy
Occupation: Iceman
Household Members:
Name Age
Vincent Vecchio 32
Felomena Vecchio 25
Carmela Vecchio 6
Theresa Vecchio 5
Jenny Vecchio 4
Marino Vecchio 3


Here is the November 1920 Ship manifest for reference purposes...
On page 2 he states that he is going to his cousin Tommaso DiPinto in Worcester, Massachusetts...

New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957

Name: Vincenzo Vecchio
Arrival Date: 19 Nov 1920
Birth Year: abt 1897
Birth Location: Italy
Birth Location Other: bisciglis (Bisceglie)
Age: 23
Gender: Male
Ethnicity/Race-
/Nationality: Italian
Port of Departure: Havre
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: La Touraine

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Re: researching relatives

Postby Tessa78 » 07 Mar 2012, 18:14

I do not know if you have this document :-)

Petition for Citizenship - dated 17 Nov. 1931

This record lists his arrival as Nov 1920 on La Touraine
His marriage to Filomena on 22 May 1922 in Worcester, Massachusetts
States that he has been a resident of New York County since May 1925.
Children listed with birthdays:
Carmela - 1924
Teresa - 1925 (these first two born in Watervliet, NY)
Giovanella - 1926
Marino - 1927
Isabella - 1928 (these last three born in New York City)

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Re: researching relatives

Postby patriziaantonietta » 10 Mar 2012, 10:44

Hello Tessa 78,
You've got it!!! Thank you very much :D , your research has been very helpful to me!
Do you think it would be possible to find out other info about the family story after 1930 (i.e. younger children's names and birthdates)?
Kind regards,
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Re: researching relatives

Postby Tessa78 » 10 Mar 2012, 23:03

Hello Patrizia,
Do you think it would be possible to find out other info about the family story after 1930 (i.e. younger children's names and birthdates


You would have to search newspapers records (obituaries, birth announcements, marriage announcements) in the area they lived.
EDIT:
I found this possible death record for Vincent/Vincenzo. The birthdate is the same as the one provided on the Petition for Citizenship...
First Name: Vincent
Middle Name:
Last Name: Vecchio
Name Suffix:
Birth Date: 11 September 1897
Social Security Number: xxx-xx-xxxx
Place of Issuance: New York
Last Residence: Bronx, New York
Zip Code of Last Residence: 10458
Death Date: December 1971
Estimated Age at Death: 74

OR - you can wait for the 1940 US Census, which will be released (but not yet digitally indexed) in April of this year! :-)

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Re: researching relatives

Postby patriziaantonietta » 12 Mar 2012, 10:38

Hello Tessa,
Thank you very very much for your help and suggestions to my research :-)! I can now give a name and a piece of their story to relatives I knew just by face on some old pictures. I think I can wait for the 1940 US Census to find out news about the last two doughters (one of them called Maria). If you have useful links/news for my research, please be so kind to contact me again.
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Re: researching relatives

Postby Gal4jc2 » 20 Mar 2012, 21:08

Hello Pat,

Try www.newspaperarchives.com. You can search there for free on a limited basis. Also genealogybank.com has newspaper articles. They have free trial period. Both have been very helpful in finding information on family in the US.

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Re: researching relatives

Postby patriziaantonietta » 03 Apr 2012, 10:39

Thank you Michelle! I'll check those links you suggested me. In the meantime I tried to find out further info checking the 1940 U.S. Census Record, that is now available on line, but unfortuately I couldn't manage it... Can you or Thessa be so kind to help me one more time? I'd be very grateful to you :)
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Re: researching relatives

Postby patriziaantonietta » 12 Apr 2012, 14:39

Hello! I tried several times to find Vincenzo Vecchio and his family on the 1940 U.S. Census Records, through the 1930 U.S. Census data, but there was no way to find them. Maybe they didn't live in NY any more? In that case, how can I search them, as it's not possible by name yet. Another question is how can I find the last name of Filomena before she married?
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Re: researching relatives

Postby Tessa78 » 12 Apr 2012, 17:11

patriziaantonietta wrote:Hello! I tried several times to find Vincenzo Vecchio and his family on the 1940 U.S. Census Records, through the 1930 U.S. Census data, but there was no way to find them. Maybe they didn't live in NY any more? In that case, how can I search them, as it's not possible by name yet. Another question is how can I find the last name of Filomena before she married?
Thanks
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Here is a tutorial for the 1940 Census that MAY help...
http://stevemorse.org/census/quiz.php

As for Filomena's maiden name... You would probably have to find a marriage record for them in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1922 (as per the Petition for Citizenship filed by Vincenzo)

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Re: researching relatives

Postby patriziaantonietta » 04 May 2012, 09:00

Thanks. I'll check it by name in September.
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Re: researching relatives

Postby suanj » 20 Sep 2012, 16:41

1940 census:
1940 United States Federal Census about Vincent Vecchio
Name: Vincent Vecchio
Age: 42
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1898
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Italy
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: New York, New York, New York
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Street: Thompson
House Number: 168
Farm: No
Inferred Residence in 1935: New York, New York, New York
Residence in 1935: Same Place, New York, New York
Citizenship: Alien
Sheet Number: 1A
Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 11
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Vincent Vecchio 42
Filomena Vecchio 35
Carmela Vecchio 16
Theresa Vecchio 15
Jenneie Vecchio 14
Mariad Vecchio 12 (Marino)
Isabelle Vecchio 11
Victoria Vecchio 8
Lena Vecchio 7
Mary Inf Vecchio 9/12

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