Information on Great-Grandfather/ Adoption

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Information on Great-Grandfather/ Adoption

Postby ABassani » 14 Sep 2015, 00:02

Hello Everyone!
I know this is a stretch but I am looking for some information on my great-grandfather, during his time in Italy. His name was Lorenzo Bassani and his DOB was January 14 1895. On a WWI draft card he wrote his birthplace to be Guardiagrele, Chieti, Italy. He departed from Naples, Italy on March 24th 1911 on the SS Prinzess Irene. Family Legend is that he was adopted. I am #1, trying to find the ship manifest from that date to see if he gave any more information about his family in Italy, and #2 trying to somehow find adoption paperwork or record of him at a orphanage in Italy. Or any Italian record while he was living there.
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Re: Information on Great-Grandfather/ Adoption

Postby Tessa78 » 14 Sep 2015, 23:08

Based on Lorenzo's WWII registration card, he was born in Rapino, also in Chieti province.
Date of birth 14 January 1895.
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F3X1-CJ6
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/T ... cc=1861144

On the 1930 US Census, he indicates his immigration was 1913.

Here is an arrival manifest for Lorenzo Bassani arriving 26 May 1913, on SS Adriatic to NY. His last place of residence Rapino.
He is age 18, making birth year 1895
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN1X-LTP

Ellis island image link
http://www.libertyellisfoundation.org/p ... 5pZmVzdCI7

Edit to add***
The earlier manifest.... SS Princess Irene in 1911
Line 26
Leaving stepmother Camilla Manniselli(?)
Looks like Lorenzo is traveling with Vincenzo Mascioli (43) on line 25.
Lorenzo (16) is identified as his son
http://interactive.ancestry.com/7488/NY ... turnRecord

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Re: Information on Great-Grandfather/ Adoption

Postby Tessa78 » 15 Sep 2015, 01:40

Checking surnames in Rapino... stepmother Camilla's surname could be Marrongelli :-)

You can rent and view the civil registrations for Rapino at your nearest LDS Family History Center. They have available the Civil records from 1809-1900.
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog ... %20Library

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