Determining relationship from ship manifest

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Determining relationship from ship manifest

Postby baltojoe75@yahoo.com » 11 Apr 2012, 17:29

I'm looking at the manifest from 1904 for the Princess Irene sailing from Naples. The manifest is from the Ellis Island site. My Gr. Grandfather Giacomino Trotta was traveling to the US to Antonio Forlenza. The manifest shows that Antonio was Giacomino's Brother in law. This is correct because Giacomino's wife Carmella Forlenza had a brother Antonio. There are two other passengers listed just below Giacomino's name. Gelsomino Caloia and his wife Annina. Both entries show they are going to visit their brother in law Antonio Forlenza. My confusion is how are Gelsomino and Annina related to Giacomino? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Re: Determining relationship from ship manifest

Postby Italysearcher » 12 Apr 2012, 14:46

Imagine the scene, you got on a ship with your wife, BUT you don't know anybody in America and you are told this might be a problem. Someone you know from the same town is going to his brother in law. As a favor (or maybe even money changed hands) he agrees to say you are all going to the same place/person. Since no one speaks English, the clerk just makes ditto marks on the manifest.
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Re: Determining relationship from ship manifest

Postby baltojoe75@yahoo.com » 12 Apr 2012, 23:26

Definitely a possibility...but I hope not the case as I have been having a difficult time tracing this branch of my family
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Re: Determining relationship from ship manifest

Postby Italysearcher » 13 Apr 2012, 15:22

Those people are not relevant to YOUR family tree (yet), stay focused. If you have Giacomino's place of birth you are on a roll.
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Re: Determining relationship from ship manifest

Postby PippoM » 16 Apr 2012, 13:59

We might also suppose Antonio had a wife, and one of the Gelsomino and Annina was her sibling...
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