I'm researching my genealogy and I could only get as far as Amedeo Cipriani on my dad's side. He arrived at Ellis Island in Apr 19, 1897 on the Oregon (the ship) from Naples, Italy. The problem I'm having is finding anything before this. My mom seems to believe he may have changed his name. I really want to learn more about this side of my family.
Okay, I located the passenger manifest you spoke of:
In the column labeled "Country of which they are a citizen" the manifest clearly lists city names which probably represent either the place of birth or of last residence. Amedeo's appears to say "Ponto Maggiore" - a place which I cannot locate. The best I can find is possibly Ponte Maggiore which apparently was or is a frazione of Terracina, a comune not terribly far from Naples (the point from which Amedeo sailed).
Ponto/Ponte Maggiore is definitely the starting point for further research.
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